Production images have been released for the Polka Theatre’s production of Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake, playing at the theatre until the 13th May. Here’s a look at what you can expect… 

Chocolate Cake at Polka Theatre. Mark Houston (Michael). Credit Ellie Kurttz.JPG
(c) Ellie Kurttz. 

Adapted for the stage by Peter Glanville and Barb Jungr, this world premiere production based on Michael Rosen’s poem opens the Polka Theatre’s new Spring/Summer season.

When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made… Chocolate Cake!

Follow the adventures of two brothers and the night-time disappearance of a chocolate cake in this scrumptious new musical adaptation by the creators of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and How to Hide a Lion from Michael Rosen’s beloved poem Chocolate Cake, which has just been published as a picture book.

Chocolate Cake at Polka Theatre. Aminita Francis (Teacher, Mum). Credit Ellie Kurttz.JPG
(c) Ellie Kurttz. 

The production stars Mark Houston (Michael), Aminita Francis (Teacher/Mum) and Todd Heppenstall (Brother), who are directed by Peter Glanville in the adventure.

Mark Houston’s previous stage credits include Sleeping Beauty and Jack and The Beanstalk (Hall For Cornwall).

Aminita Francis has previously appeared in Frankenstein – A Monster of a Musical (Battersea Arts Centre), Bite Your Tongue (Talawa), Romeo and Juliet and The Arsonists (N1 Theatre Company), Blood Wedding (Court 27) and The Winter’s Tale (RSC).

Todd Heppenstall’s credits include: The Room Upstairs (Cheltenham Everyman/Wardrobe Theatre), Ten Foot Tales (Hull Truck), Andy Capp: The Musical (Finborough Theatre), The Day After – They Went Off on One (The Vaults) and The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic).

Chocolate Cake at Polka Theatre. Todd Heppenstall (Brother) & Mark Houston (Michael). Credit Ellie Kurttz.JPG
(c)Ellie Kurttz. 

The production features music and songs by the internationally acclaimed Barb Jungr, who has released a number of albums. Her writing and composing credits include The Fabulous Flutterbys (Little Angel Theatre and touring), We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Little Angel and touring) and lyricist for Birmingham Stage Company’s The Jungle Book.

Michael Rosen is the author of over 140 books of poetry, stories and politics. He was the Children’s Laureate between 2007–9 and is currently the professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths University. His works include ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘Aesop’s Fables’ and ‘Don’t Forget Tiggs’.

Chocolate Cake at Polka Theatre. Todd Heppenstall (Brother), Aminita Francis (Teacher, Mum) & Mark Houston (Michael). Credit Ellie Kurttz..JPG
(c)Ellie Kurttz. 

Chocolate Cake continues to play at the Polka Theatre until the 13th May. For more information and to book tickets visit:




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