Scamp Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre have announced that Stick Man by Julia Donaldson will return in 2015, playing Christmas Seasons at London’s Leicester Square Theatre from Saturday 7th November 2015 (where it returns for a fifth consecutive season) and at the Edinburgh’s Christmas festival from Friday 20th November 2015.
‘Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love
and their stick children three…’
But the world outside the family tree is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? Passing through the seasons and culminating in a joyful Christmas celebration, Stick Man is a fantastick show which will delight all branches of the family tree! Touching, funny and utterly original, this enchanting adaptation features three actors and a one-man-band playing a host of colourful characters and animals to magically re-tell Stick Man’s adventures.
Stick Man is adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler. Julia Donaldson is a British writer, playwright and performer, the 2011–2013 Children’s Laureate and the prize-winning author of some of the world’s most-loved children’s books, most notably the modern classic The Gruffalo which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Julia is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Scarecrows’ Wedding, The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man and Tiddler and other Terrific Tales. Their books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into 40 languages. Julia also received an MBE in 2011 for her services to Literature.
Stick Man has also been adapted into an animated film to be aired on BBC1 this Christmas, voiced by an all-star casting including Martin Freeman (Stick Man), Hugh Bonneville (Santa), Jennifer Saunders (The Narrator), Russell Tovey, Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins.
Stick Man on stage is created by the award-winning Scamp Theatre, whose stage adaptation is described as ‘wonderfully exuberant and imaginative’ by TimeOut. Scamp Theatre was founded in 2003 by award-winning producers Jennifer Sutherland and Louise Callow, and brings a range of theatrical live performance to audiences of all ages, with an increased focus on adaptation, particularly in children’s literature.
The director is Sally Cookson with design by Katie Sykes, lighting by Elanor Higgins and music by Benji Bower. Sally Cookson, Katie Sykes and Benji Bower are the creative team behind Treasure Island at Bristol Old Vic and the acclaimed Cinderella at St James Theatre. Stick Man is produced by Scamp Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre.
There will be a Relaxed Performance of Stick Man on Saturday 21st November at 12.15pm in London. All tickets for this performance are £5. Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the environment has been specifically adapted for families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.