The musical inspired by Oscar Wilde’s fairytale will play at The Place from the 3rd to the 4th May.

Featuring music, lyrics and direction by Hal Cazalet as well as a book by Michael Barry, The Happy Prince is a brand new musical based on Oscar Wilde’s fairytale.

A seamless fusion of dance and song, The Happy Prince tells the story of a swallow’s faithful love for the golden statue of a Prince and their race against time to save their town. 

Talking about the news of the production Hal Cazalet said: “The Happy Prince is a fairy tale for today and as Oscar Wilde intended, for both adults and children alike.  I can’t help but feel that the Wildean themes of greed and corruption set against the redeeming power of love and sacrifice are every bit as relevant and urgent in our present world, as when Wilde wrote the story in 1888.”

The cast for the production is led by Janie Dee as Mrs Bentley, Phil Daniels as The Mayor, Sophia Hurdley as The Swallow and Sam Archer as The Prince. The rest of the cast includes David Burt, Louis Gaunt, Sammy Graham, Jessica Pardoe, Edwin Ray, Ronald Samm, Cilla Silvia, Gemma Wardle and Alfie Wickham.

Meanwhile, the full creative team for the production includes: Hal Cazalet (Direction, Music and Lyrics), Michael Barry (Book and Movement Director), David Howe (Lighting), Sophia Hurdley (Choreography) and Sam Archer (Choreography). The original workshop for the production was developed alongside Maria Friedman and Drew McOnie.

The Happy Prince will be presented in three showcase performances at The Place from the 3rd to the 4th May.

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