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Starchild - King's Head Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the success of The Great Gatsby Musical, Ruby in the Dust return to the King’s Head Theatre with Oscar Wilde’s Starchild. Described as a new compelling Christmas story with dance and a twist of magic, it runs from December 13, 2012 to January 4, 2013.

A star falls from a winter sky and is found by two woodcutters. The star turns out to be a Starchild who grows up to be beautiful and beguiles everyone with his singing and dancing. But Starchild has a dark secret.

Follow Starchild on his quest and, along the way, meet, the proud Peacock, the sinister Wolf, the Hare that carries a message and the Mystical Sorcerer…

Oscar Wilde told this story to his own children and included it in his collection A House of Pomegranates. Starchild has echoes of Wilde’s famous novel Dorian Gray and Starchildren are children who have been sent to the earth from some where in the universe to help the earth and the people in it.

As Wilde himself explained: “…these stories are meant partly for children and partly for those who have kept their childlike faculties of wonder and joy, and who find in simplicity a subtle strangeness.”

Adapted and directed by Linnie Reedman, Starchild has music and lyrics by Joe Evans and is designed by Christopher Hone.

As well as The Great Gatsby Musical, previous Ruby In The Dust productions include Dorian Gray, Romeo and Juliet, Song of the Seagull and Miracle.

Starchild is presented by Ruby in the Dust in association with Aria Entertainment, who recently producedThe Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Landor Theatre and Arts Theatre) as well as the The Secret Garden, which will be performed at the King’s Head in February 2013.

Tickets: £10 to £12 – available from the box office on 020 7478 0160 or online at

Time: 11.30am.