The Light Princess has all the ingredients of a classic fairy tale: a prince and princess, villains, monsters, magic, and a journey that leaves you on the edge of your seat before reaching its exciting conclusion. But it is like no fairy tale you will have ever seen before!
Tori Amos’s musical, The Light Princess, took five years to make, before arriving at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage. This was quite a personal project for Amos, who has written the music and lyrics, with playwright Samuel Adamson (Pillars of the Community, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) contributing the book. At the heart of The Light Princess is the subject of female sexual awakening.
Broadly adapted from George MacDonald’s 19th-century fairy tale, The Light Princess tells the story of Althea, a princess who has been cursed and who becomes light with grief and has to be locked up to stop her floating away. Only when she has mastered the art of crying can gravity ground her and she can marry the prince who has fallen in love with her.
Although influenced by MacDonald’s story, Amos insists, “We had no desire to set it before the birth of women’s rights. We wanted a teenage lead who could resonate with 21st-century teens and their parents.”
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