The Little Prince

The Little Prince by Antione De Saint Exupery is a timeless classic that enables children to safely and creatively explore the idea of things coming to an end and that there is life after death in spirit. Sam Chittenden and Simon Scardanelli's musical adaptation is not only extremely faithful to the original tale, but the careful planning of the beautiful spectacle of a showdown to the finer details of including the original drawings from the book was so well executed that those who knew the tale well were crying with joy and heartfelt emotion from the moment the aviator started narrating his journey with The Little Prince. Those who didn't know the tale were also able to follow the story well due to the simple and magical way each cast member brought the characters to life.

joyful, emotional and magical

Jake Snowden played our Aviator and demonstrated not only an engaging singing voice, but a natural skill for storytelling as he took us on a journey of the heart, as we experienced through the clever use of flashbacks what he learned and explored from his time with the prince. He held the audience as he showed his vulnerability through all the tales told and reflected with such warmth and love that it was not hard to connect with Snowden.

Rosa Samuels took on the child-like curiosity of The Little Prince with such joy and lightness that the audience started questioning life along with her. As people, it is possible to get so caught up in the noise of life and responsibility that we as a race forget how to appreciate the small things that create happiness - such as the stars, grass, roses, nature and more. Samuels enabled us to reconnect with those aspects of life as the show progressed and was able to encourage us to think carefully about things as she encouraged us to switch off from life for a while and question along with her. That is a hard feat to pull off, but the fact she was able to connect with the audience no matter what age they were was a triumph.

Finally, Katey Fraser and Mark Beauchamp took on the remaining supporting casts with ease and confidence. From a busy businessman who counted the stars, a geologist, a fox and a snake, they changed characters easily and were entertaining with it. Fraser's Fox and Beauchamp's Snake in particular were major highlights from the show for their playfulness and a subtle nod to Kaa in Disney's version of The Jungle Book.

If you are looking for something that is enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking, The Little Prince is the show to watch. It is joyful, emotional and magical.

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The Blurb

Come with us on a magical journey as the Little Prince tells us of his love for a rose, his friendship with a fox, and learns that what is most important in life can only be seen with the heart. A musical adaptation of the beautiful tale by French author and aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. As well as being charmingly funny, The Little Prince poignantly broaches themes of love and loss.  This magical tale is a perfect antidote to challenging times and a heartwarming theatrical experience. Suitable for a general audience including older children. Running time approx 90 mins plus interval. The Little Prince is the latest collaboration by Sam Chittenden and Simon Scardanelli, the writers of the award-winning musical Clean! Praise for the music in Clean! “I've never heard a new musical come up to this one”, Outstanding Show - Fringe Review “A triumph in every sense“; "A spine-tingling musical soundscape”, ★★★★★ (Latest Brighton) "Touched everyone's hearts"; ★★★★★ - (Broadway Baby)

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