A Little Princess

The number of children’s shows has been increasing every year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but so much choice can make it difficult to know which show your kids are going to love. However, A Little Princess thoroughly encapsulates what children’s theatre should be about. It is beautiful, thought provoking and just as captivating for adults.

A heart-warming tale about love and kindness

The show is a new stage adaptation of this classic children’s novel. It tells the story of a little girl who moves from India to England for boarding school. Her father is extremely wealthy and the girl has everything she could ask for - as well as being brilliantly smart, she is also endlessly kind and giving. It is wonderful to see a role model for little girls whose value is placed on her kindness and intelligence.

All is perfect until her father dies, leaving her without any money or anyone to look after her. It is a heart-warming tale about love and kindness, a beautiful moral that really strikes a chord in this piece. The story is beautifully performed, bringing about more than a couple of teary eyes. Although it is a delicate subject matter, and could have been upsetting for children, it is presented so sympathetically and gently as to make the performance suitable for all ages.

The performance begins with the children in the audience being greeted by a friendly puppet of a monkey. The puppet goes up to each of the children, playing with them, letting them stroke him. It is a beautiful opening to the production and instantly engages the children, putting them at ease. Another standout aspect was the singing between scene changes, accompanied by a live piano. The songs are delicately written with stunning harmonies, providing a delicate elegance to the production.

Although the company are very young they present a sensitive, mature interpretation of the work. At the end of the show, a collection is made for the Little Princess Trust, a charity providing wigs for children. It is heart-warming to see the message of the production carry through into action. 

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The Blurb

Sara has everything: brains, money, a loving father and a kind heart. The most popular student at school, she really is a little princess. But when her father dies, Sara is left a penniless orphan, and only discovers her true friends when she is cruelly abused at the school she once called home. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s tale of friendship, poverty, neglect and love, brought to life in a stirring new adaptation featuring an original live score. Foxglove Theatre’s production explores the power of hope behind a story that has become a national treasure.

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