The season is set to include a new adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book.

Samantha Lane & Peta Swindall (c) Ellie Kurttz

The Little Angel Theatre has announced its upcoming Autumn/Winter season, which will open with a production of Big Bad Me (22nd September-19th November), based on the poem by Jon Barton and gives a new interpretation of the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood.

Meanwhile, it will then be followed by The Bed, which is based on the poem written by Sylvia Plath and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Aimed at those aged six months to three years old. It will run at the theatre from the 30th September until the 4th November. There are separate performances for those for babies (6-18 months) and toddlers (18 months – 3 years).

From the 18th November until 4th February, young audiences will present a musical adaptation of Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book which was written and illustrated by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. After its run at the Little Angel Theatre, the production will embark on a UK tour to over fifty venues.

Wow! It’s Night-Time will play at the Little Angel Theatre from the 25th November until the 28th January. This new adaptation of Tim Hopgood’s book is a sequel to WOW! Said the Owl, which has previously played at the theatre and toured the UK.

The Welcome Project will see Little Angel Theatre, alongside facilitators from Phosphoros Theatre, work with local children from refugee, asylum seeker and/or migrant backgrounds to create a new touring ‘suitcase’ show exploring the word ‘welcome’, to be performed in bridging hotels and community centres across the UK. LAT have commissioned six digital shorts to accompany the project.

Talking about the news, Little Angel Theatre Artistic Director Samantha Lane and Executive Director Peta Swindall and said: “Little Angel has a long history of adapting books, and we are thrilled to present so many enchanting, literary inspired productions this season, culminating in a show all about reading for pleasure. We believe that puppets are a wonderful, interactive way to introduce narrative to young children, supporting literacy learning and providing a creative route into books. We are particularly excited about the Reading Through Play workshop programme that will run alongside the tour because we know, from the evidence recently published in the journal Psychological Medicine, that reading for pleasure in early childhood can help children perform better at school and boost their mental health. Another highlight of the new season is ‘The Welcome Project’ which will tour to bridging hotels and community centres in Islington and across the UK – we work hard to make everyone feel welcome at our home venues and when on tour, and so we feel that it is
especially important to do this for those that are new to the UK. We have an incredible amount of work on offer across the country from September to December, and we are
proud to be delivering all of this alongside trialling a 4-day working week for core staff and freelancers!”

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