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Thumbs up for this magical children's show



Preview by Paul Nelson

GOOD news for the Wimbledon littlies! After 10 years of delighting children in Italy, Tom Thumb has come to Britain, bringing with him his chicken hat and his portable window to tell us his story.

Tom Thumb, presented by Lyngo, is aimed at children aged 3 to 8 years and receives its premiere at Wimbledon Studio Theatre on Saturday, May 3 at, 11am and 1pm and it lasts just one hour.

Written by Marcello Chiarenza, Tom Thumb is translated and performed by Patrick Lynch, with original music by Carlo 'Cialdo' Capelli. The assistant director is Gianni Bissaca.

Tom Thumb is a story about being afraid, as the little chap and his six brothers are when they hear the ogre coming up the stairs. It is also about being hungry, which Tom's mum and dad know all about as they try to lose their own children in the forest.

When you play, things change and this show is full of all sorts of surprises - drawers turn into bedrooms, tiny branches into a forest and a napkin into a princess.

This beautiful show for children, originally Italian, is a wee wonder and will make the perfect diversion for the May Bank Holiday.

Later, it will be performed at other venues throughout the city and elsewhere, details below.

l Saturday, May 3 at 11am and 1pm, Wimbledon Studio Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG. Box Office: 020 8540 0362.

l Saturday, May 10 at 2pm, Chat's Palace, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk, London E9 6DF. Tel: 020 8986 6714 or 020 533 0227

l Sunday, May 11 at 3pm, The Bull, Theatre Gallery Studios, 69 High Street, Barnet, EN5 5SJ. Box Office: 020 8449 0048, e-mail admin@thebull.org.uk

l Tuesday, May 13 at 1.30pm and 4.30pm, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1YA. Box Office: 0845 330 3565
www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

l Saturday, May 17 at 2pm, Half Moon Young People's Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London, E1 0ND. Box Office: 020 7709 8900, tickets@halfmoon.og.uk

l Sunday, May 18 at 11am, Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN. Box Office: 01273 647 100, tickets@komedia.co.uk

l Saturday, May 24 at 2.30pm, BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), Lavender Hill, London SW11

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