The theatre has confirmed details of its Summer season, while describing the delay to easing restrictions fully ‘a huge blow’.

The Little Angel Theatre’s Summer season has been announced including events that include community, creativity as well as live theatre (both indoors and out).  

Due to popular demand, the theatre’s current show, The Smartest Giant in Town based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book has been extended to run until the 15th August due to popular demand.

Meanwhile, the theatre will also be presenting Nature Elly from the 2nd to the 31st July. This co-production along with Barmpot Theatre and Lincolnshire One Venues  will feature original music and puppets to bring to life the story of Elly who has to repair a farm in time for the harvest.

The theatre will also be bringing back its annual Puppet Picnic festival which will take place in Islington Square throughout August. Visiting productions will include The Puppet Van present The Lost Colour (11th – 12th August), LAStheatre’s The Lion Inside  (16th – 17th August) and Garlic Theatre’s The Bag That Went Boo (23rd – 24th August).

There will also be The Wishing Tree, formed of six trees designed by six different artists and forming the backdrop for this outdoor performance taking place from the 9th to the 29th August. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Elsewhere, If Not Here…Where?, created in collaboration with young people at Great Ormond Street, Little Angel’s co-production with GOSH has been adapted into a digital production that will tour hospitals and hospices throughout the summer including St George’s Hospital,London and Darent Valley Hospital, Kent.

Talking about the Summer programme, artistic director Samantha Lane and executive director Peta Swindall said:“We are so excited to announce our summer season of work.  Both ‘Nature Elly’ and ‘The Wishing Tree’ have been developed in close collaboration with school and community groups which is really important to us.  Little Angel Theatre runs a dedicated schools partnership programme and a dedicated community outreach programme in order to break down barriers to engagement and serve the needs of our entire community in a creative way, and we are delighted to be sharing these nature-inspired stories with children and their families.  We are especially pleased to be giving away hundreds of tickets for each show to local children and their families who have helped us to develop the work.   

Alongside these shows, we are also running puppetry projects with partnership organisations including Solace Women’s Aid, Age UK and Islington Council, as well as working with local food banks to support their work and provide enrichment activities for their beneficiaries. 

We are very disheartened to hear about the four week delay to Covid restrictions.  As a small charity who relies heavily on box office income, this is a huge blow and will have a big impact, putting increased pressure on our already inflated fundraising targets and future income targets.  Not to mention the workload of our staff team.  We will continue to be proactive and creative about the many ways in which we can engage with audiences – both digitally and in-person – as we have done throughout the pandemic.  The safety of our performers and audiences will always be our top priority, and we very much hope that the new date of 19th July will remain on track.”

To find out more and to book tickets visit: https://littleangeltheatre.com/