BRISTOL OLD VIC IS TO KICK-OFF MAJOR UK TOUR AND WEST END RUN FOR OLIVIER AWARD-NOMINATED HETTY FEATHER
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17-19 July, Bristol Old Vic
Age Guide 7+
Kenny Wax Ltd, William Archer for Bob & Co. and Novel Theatre present the Rose Theatre Kingston Production of Jacqueline Wilson’s HETTY FEATHER
Adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves and directed by Sally Cookson
Cast includes: Phoebe Thomas, who will reprise the role of Hetty Feather
After a sell-out critically acclaimed West End run in 2014, Sally Cookson’s (Jane Eyre, Peter Pan, Treasure Island -Bristol Old Vic) Olivier Award-nominated production of Hetty Feather returns to the West End with a limited summer run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 6 August to 6 September.
Bristol audiences will be the first to see this acclaimed production, as the West End run will form part of a major national tour which begins at Bristol Old Vic from 17-19 July, for five performances only. The tour continues through 2016, with an extended Christmas run at The Lowry, Salford.
ROLL UP and join Hetty on her escape from the Foundling Hospital.
TREMBLE as she faces Matron Stinking Bottomly.
THRILL as she discovers the squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus.
GASP as she endures a night locked in the attic.
QUAKE as she braves the scary streets of Victorian London and
CHEER as she overcomes all in the search to find her real mother and a true family of her own.
Thrillingly brought to life with live music and songs by Benji Bower, aerial and circus skills – making it the must-see show this summer.
Jacqueline Wilson said today, “I am so thrilled that Hetty Feather has become a stage play! I’ve written exactly one hundred books but Hetty Feather is my number one favourite character and I’m delighted that she will be back on stage again from July onwards. The team behind the production have done a magnificent job bringing the book to life and I’m so pleased that the forthcoming tour will allow even more people to see this wonderful show.”
Hetty Feather is published by Random House, and the first in a trilogy of books which includes Sapphire Battersea and Emerald Star – the series has been hugely successful not just in the UK, but also internationally. It is currently being adapted as a new 10 part television series for CBBC, due to be aired later this year.
Jacqueline Wilson (novelist) is one of Britain’s most popular authors, selling over 38 million books in the UK alone. Her most successful and enduring creation is the Tracy Beaker series. In 2002 she was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson. In the same year she became the Foundling Museum’s first Coram Foundling Fellow. From 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. Her 100th book Opal Plumstead was published last year.
Emma Reeves (playwright) has worked with Wilson on a number of projects, most notably writing the television adaptations for the Tracy Beaker series. Her other stage adaptations include Carrie’s War (West End & UK tour), Little Women and Cool Hand Luke in the West End. For television, her other work includes Eve (CBBC).
Sally Cookson is an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic, where her productions have included Jane Eyre (transferring to the National Theatre later this year), The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Aesop’s Fables, Pains of Youth, Pericles, Strange Case and The Visit. Her on-going collaboration with Travelling Light Theatre has resulted in her directing over ten productions for the company, including the Olivier Award nominated Cinderella, Boing!, Cloudland, Bob The Man on The Moon, How Cold My Toes, Shadow Play, Clown, Lenny, Home and Papa Please Get The Moon For Me. For The Tobacco Factory, theatre includes 101 Dalmations, Cinderella, The Ugly Duckling, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Her other theatre work incudes Romeo + Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston), Varmints (Sadler’s Wells), We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Kenny Wax Family Entertainment Ltd), Lost and Found (Polka Theatre), Stick Man, Aesop’s Fables, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales (Scamp Theatre), Sapling Song, As Far As I Can Sea (National Trust), The Mermaid And The Mirror (Half Moon), and Jump (Myrtle Theatre).
Designs are by Katie Sykes, original music and score by Benji Bower with additional composition by Seamas H Carey and Luke Potter, aerial direction by Gwen Hales, lighting design by Aideen Malone, and sound design by Leigh Davies.
Thanks Bristol Old Vic, it looks like another fabulous show <3