The Light Princess has all the ingredients of a classic fairy tale: a prince and princess, villains, monsters, magic, and a journey that will leave you on the edge of your seat before reaching its exciting conclusion. But believe me, this is like no fairy tale you will have ever seen before!
In two neighbouring kingdoms, a young prince and princess, Digby (Nick Hendrix) and Althea (Rosalie Craig) deal very differently with the deaths of their mothers. Digby, after shedding great tears for his mother, becomes the solemn prince, whose sole goal, under the guidance of his villainous father, is to destroy the Princess who rules over the opposing kingdom. On the other hand, Althea refused to cry and be brought down by her Mother’s death and as a result, became light, floating without the force of gravity upon her, and with nothing but a positive outlook on even her kingdom’s greatest woes. When the two meet in the forest that separates their kingdoms, a magic spark develops between them, and with the support of their closest friends, The Falconer and Piper (Laura Pitt-Pulford and Amy Booth-Steel), they must face numerous obstacles and challenges, including Althea’s lack of gravity, to ensure their love can survive.
The company that bring this beautiful show to life on stage is filled with a phenomenal array of talent, and each member plays their part with such precision and passion. From the power, anxiety and true emotion shown by Clive Rowe’s King Darius to the kind, heart-warming and phenomenal performances of Amy Booth-Steel and Laura Pitt-Pulford, and the charismatic charms and amazing talents of Nick Hendrix’s Prince Digby and Kane Oliver Parry’s Llewelyn, every member of the cast shines through to an extremely enthusiastic audience.
However, through all of that, one performer stands out from all the others. Whether it is her comic timing, her dynamic on-stage relationship with leading man Nick Hendrix, or delivering the most enchanting vocal performance while “floating” upside down, Rosalie Craig is the shining star of this production. The Light Princess has been several years in the making for Rosalie, and the work, training, and such love that she obviously has for this show is plain to see. From when she first appears on stage, the joy beams from her and as an audience, you are totally drawn in to the story that she creates. Every note she sings is magical. She takes what some may consider to be a bland score and makes you totally believe her. And considering some of the positions she is contorted into while she sings and “floats” at the same time, I guarantee you will be in total awe of this unbelievably talented lady.
It would be wrong for me to ruin the magic of how precisely Rosalie “floats”, but it is something that I had never witnessed on a theatre stage, and I’ve seen quite a lot of shows in my time! I was totally in awe of the “floating” from start to finish.
A truly unique theatre experience: The Light Princess combines the magic of all your favourite fairy tales with a mix of strength, power and beauty, and is a production that is not to be missed. I certainly won’t be forgetting my visit to the National Theatre any time soon!
Review by Olivia Edmonds @TOABlueEyedGirl
The Light Princess
The Light Princess brings together iconic singer songwriter Tori Amos with playwriter Samuel Adamson and director Marianne Elliot (Curious Incident) in this spectacular coming of age story. A dark fairytale about grief, rebellion and the power of love.
Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.15pm, and Sunday 2.30pm
Age Restrictions: Suitable for 13years +.
Booking Until: 9th Jan 2014
Sunday 10th November 2013