The Happy Prince - Bridewell Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
SUE Casson’s highly acclaimed musical adaptation of The Happy Prince returns to the Bridewell Theatre in a new 20th anniversary production. A Lunchbox presentation, it runs from November 27 to December 21, 2012.
The original show formed part of the theatre ‘s inaugural season in 1994 and now, following a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is ready once again to delight London audiences with its poignant retelling of Oscar Wilde’s short story.
The tale of the gilded statue prince who, with the help of a migrating swallow, selflessly relieves the hardship of his townspeople is movingly brought to life by a small and versatile cast.
The show has particular resonance for our times with its themes of philanthropy, love and loss and the emptiness of wealth in the face of heart-breaking poverty.
English Cabaret’s version of The Happy Prince explores what it is to tell a story, playfully deconstructing the make-believe of theatre and charting the different journeys of the performers.
Crammed full of soaring melodies and witty lyrics, Casson’s The Happy Prince, as realised by director Tom Blackmore, is described as a multi-layered musical morality play for our times.
English Cabaret was formed by Blackmore and Casson with a mission to bring ideas to life through story and song. As well as an extended tour of The Happy Prince at venues associated with the life of Oscar Wilde, a variety of film and theatre projects are in the pipeline for the coming year.
Running Time: 50 minutes.