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How to Hide a Lion – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Helen Stephens Adaptor: Peter GlanvilleComposer: Barb Jungr Director: Peter Glanville Reviewer: David Guest A magical children’s book roars into life as a spellbinding stage show thanks to the considerable joint talents of a Pigtails Productions creative team. How to Hide a Lion is based on the illustrated Helen Stephens book, which is warm and wonderful in itself. In the ...

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Babe, The Sheep Pig – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Dick King-Smith Adaptor: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Jay Nuttall After performing for an extended period over Christmas and New Year at their home in Wimbledon, Polka Theatre’s heart-warming tale of bravery embarks on a UK tour beginning at The Lowry. Beautiful design and puppetry are at the heart of this superb production about a little pig who ...

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Babe the Sheep-Pig – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Stage Adaptation: David Wood Based on the book by Dick King-Smith Director: Michael Fentiman Designer: Madeleine Girling Puppet Director: Matthew Forbes Composer: Barnaby Race Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Stage adaptations of popular books that have already been big screen hits can be a tricky business, particularly when, as in the case of Babe the Sheep-Pig, most of the principal characters are ...

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The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Ted Hughes Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Ted Hughes’ poetry – dark, brooding, carnal, often brutal – is some of the most adult stuff in the British canon. But he was a children’s author too, most famously writing the widely loved and troubling The Iron Man. Now London’s favourite children’s theatre the Polka is staging a triplet of ...

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Moominsummer Madness – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Tove Jansson Adaptor: Phil Porter Director: Peter Glanville &Dani Parr Reviewer: Teddy Lamb Walking into the Polka Theatre, is like stepping back into childhood, from the spaceship that appears to have crashed through the ceiling in the toyshop, to the many illustrations and toys dotted about all over the building. What better place to revisit one of the great ...

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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Reade, based on the novel by Lewis Carroll Director: Rosamunde Hutt Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:2] Sometimes, producing a faithful adaptation may not be the best policy. It is especially challenging for the writer Simon Reade to adapt a book filled with a series of episodic scenes without a narrator. The action can get confusing quickly even for a ...

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Gorilla – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Anthony Browne Adaptor: Rachel Barnett Reviewer: Tom Finch [rating:4] Hannah loves gorillas, but she’s never seen a real one… It is no mean feat to keep a room full of very small children quiet and engaged in something for 45 minutes but Gorilla manages it with an effortless charm. It is the night before Hannah’s birthday and she is ...

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The Wind in the Willows – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Kenneth Grahame Adaptor: Toby Hulse Director: Jonathan Lloyd Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:4.5] Anyone who makes an adaptation of a classic book, especially a children’s book, runs a tremendous risk of annoying quite a lot of people, especially those of tender years. However, Toby Hulse has risen to the challenge, making an abridged version of the whole which was, after ...

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