Omnibus Theatre, London
Until Dec 30th
Choosing a festive show for all of the family to enjoy can be a daunting responsibility especially if you have children of multiple ages, but I would highly recommend Omnibus Theatre’s The Little Prince as a show for all.
A touching tale, based on the original book (Le Petit Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this version, adapted by Sally Pomme Clayton and directed by Marie McCarthy, blends puppetry, quirky characters, gorgeous projections, live music and dance to create a twinkly winter treat.
The multi-talented cast of three are dynamic and fun, Comfort Fabien plays an energetic and sweet Little Prince while Vera Chok and Royce Cronin take on a variety of roles, all of which are joyful to watch. The children laugh as Rose, played by Cronin, emerges in a dress, but he owns the femininity which is glorious to watch and the children clearly adore this character. I particularly enjoyed Chok’s playing of Fox, whose idiosyncrasies and one-liners made me chuckle – whilst their flossing certainly got the kids on board.
The set by Sophia Pardon is vast and mesmeric – very much like space. The audience enter through the theatre through the set, greeted by the characters, which really adds the feel of stepping into another world.
There are several magical moments, from projected drawings, to unexpected emergences from the set, one of my favourites though was when the Prince flies with the birds; the use of sound and projections make these sections truly enchanting, and really allow the imagination to take off.
From tiny babies, to ten year old boys, to grannies – the audience spanned all ages on the morning I attended; one of the strengths of this show is that its tone is pitched just right for it to be enjoyed by both adults and children; its touching message about friendship certainly made my eyes prickle more than once. Its generous measures of silliness and joy, theatrical illusion and heartwarming storytelling make The Little Prince a must see for families of all shapes and sizes this Christmas.
The Little Prince runs at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham Common, until the 30th Dec: 10:30am & 1:30pm (weekdays) and 11am & 2pm (weekends)
Image © Dan Tsantilis