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BABE,THE SHEEP-PIG Touring the UK from February 2017

Babe, The Sheep PigAdapted from Dick King-Smith’s much-loved children’s novel which inspired the Oscar-winning 1995 film, Babe, The Sheep-Pig will be brought to life on stage in an enchanting new production, embarking on a major UK Tour in 2017 following a Christmas season at Polka Theatre. Featuring stunning puppetry, an original score and an utterly charming ‘baa-ber sheep’ quartet, the tour will launch from West Yorkshire Playhouse on Monday 13 February and run until September 2017. Full tour schedule attached; further dates to be announced.

Meet the lovable Babe in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery.

When Babe arrives at Hogget’s Farm he is taken in by the trusty sheep-dog Fly, and soon discovers a talent for herding. With the help of his adopted Mum, the polite piglet soon wins over the most suspicious of sheep. But can a small pig make it in a dog’s world, and when his farmyard friends are in trouble can Babe save the day?

Dick King-Smith’s The Sheep-Pig was first published in 1983, and has since been translated into fifteen languages, as well as winning King-Smith the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. In 1995 it was adapted for the big screen as the film Babe, which received huge critical and box office success. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won one for Best Visual Effects, as well as winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy.

Babe, The Sheep-Pig is adapted for the stage by Olivier Award-winning playwright David Wood OBE, who is best known for his adaptations of classic family titles including Goodnight Mister Tom, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. David also wrote the book and lyrics for new musical The Go-Between, currently playing in the West End.

David Wood said: “I am delighted that Babe, The Sheep-Pig is returning. It is a wonderful novel which I took huge pleasure in adapting. Good luck to the whole team on this new production!

Babe, The Sheep-Pig is directed by Michael Fentiman, whose productions include The Taming of the Shrew and Titus Andronicus (RSC) and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens) which he co-directed with Rupert Goold.

The residents of Hogget’s Farm will be brought to life by beautiful hand-crafted puppets, created by award-winning puppet designer Max Humphries (Chief Puppet Designer, Cirque de Soleil) and Dik Downey, with the ensemble cast delivering masterful puppetry by puppetry director Matthew Forbes (Associate Director in Puppetry & Movement, War Horse).

The cast of actor-musicians features Emma Barclay (You Me Bum Bum Train) as Mrs Hogget, Olivier Award-nominated Nicola Blackman (Little Shop of Horrors and The Lion King, West End) as Fly, Oliver Grant (War Horse, National Theatre) as Babe/Sheep and Ben Ingles (Romeo and Juliet, RSC) as Farmer Hogget. The cast also features Claire Greenway (Sister Act, London Palladium), Jacqui Sanchez (Shrek the Musical and Avenue Q, West End), Lucy Thomas (Bugsy Malone, Lyric Hammersmith) and Sam Wilmott (Wicked and Lord of the Rings, West End).

Babe, The Sheep-Pig is presented by Tom O’ Connell Productions (Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray, UK Tours) and Polka Theatre. It is directed by Michael Fentiman with puppetry direction by Matthew Forbes, costume and scenic design by Madeleine Girling, puppet design by Max Humphries and Dik Downey, lighting design by Jack Knowles, sound design by George Dennis and original music by Barnaby Rose. Casting is by David Grindrod Associates.

Suitable for all ages.

TOUR SCHEDULE
Friday 25 November 2016 – Sunday 5 February 2017
POLKA THEATRE, London
Box Office www.polkatheatre.com | 020 8543 4888

Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 February 2017
WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, Leeds
Tour press night: Thursday 16 February, 7.00pm
Box Office www.wyp.org.uk | 0113 213 7700

Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 February 2017
THEATRE BY THE LAKE, Keswick
Box Office www.theatrebythelake.com | 017687 74411
ON SALE SOON

Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 February 2017
DEVONSHIRE PARK THEATRE, Eastbourne
Box Office www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk | 01323 412 000

Friday 3 – Sunday 5 March 2017
THEATRE ROYAL, Margate
Box Office www.theatreroyalmargate.com | 01843 292795
ON SALE SOON

Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 March 2017
HALL FOR CORNWALL, Truro
Box Office www.hallforcornwall.co.uk | 01872 262466
ON SALE SOON

Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 March 2017
WYCOMBE SWAN, High Wycombe
Box Office www.wycombeswan.co.uk | 01494 512 000

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 March 2017
CONNAUGHT THEATRE, Worthing
Box Office www.worthingtheatres.co.uk | 01903 206 206

Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 April 2017
THE PAVILION, Bournemouth
Box Office www.bournemouthpavilion.co.uk | 0844 576 3000

Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 April 2017
THE LOWRY, Salford
Box Office www.thelowry.com | 0843 208 6000

Sunday 16 – Monday 17 April 2017
THEATRE ROYAL, Norwich
Box Office www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk | 01603 63 00 00

Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 April 2017
NORTHCOTT THEATRE, Exeter
Box Office www.exeternorthcott.co.uk | 01392 726363

Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 April 2017
WYVERN THEATRE, Swindon
Box Office www.swindontheatres.co.uk | 01793 524481

Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 May 2017
VENUE CYMRU, Llandudno
Box Office www.venuecymru.co.uk | 01492 872000

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 May 2017
EMBASSY THEATRE, Skegness
Box Office www.embassytheatre.co.uk | 01507 613100
ON SALE SOON

Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 May 2017
ORCHARD THEATRE, Dartford
Box Office www.orchardtheatre.co.uk | 01322 220000

Tuesday 30 May – Sunday 4 June 2017
NUFFIELD THEATRE, Southampton
Box Office www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk | 023 8067 1771

Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 June 2017
THEATRE ROYAL, Newcastle
Box Office www.theatreroyal.co.uk | 08448 11 21 21
ON SALE SOON

Sunday 25 – Wednesday 28 June 2017
CHURCHILL THEATRE, Bromley
Box Office www.churchilltheatre.co.uk | 020 3285 6000

Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 July 2016
GRAND THEATRE, Blackpool
Box Office www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk | 01253 290190

Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 July 2017
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, Aberdeen
Box Office www.aberdeenperformingarts.com | 01224 641122
ON SALE SOON

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 July 2017
THE ALBAN ARENA, St Albans
Box Office www.alban-arena.co.uk | 01727 844488

Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 August 2017
GRAND THEATRE, Swansea
Box Office www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseagrandtheatre | 01792 475715
ON SALE SOON

Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 August 2017
PALACE THEATRE, Southend
Box Office www.southendtheatres.org.uk | 01702 351135
ON SALE SOON

Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 August 2017
THEATRE ROYAL, Bury St Edmunds
Box Office www.theatreroyal.org | 01284 769505

Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017
THE HAWTH, Crawley
Box Office www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/thehawth | 01293 553636

Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 August 2017
WATFORD COLOSSEUM
Box Office www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk | 01923 571 102

Thursday 31 August – Sunday 3 September 2017
THEATRE ROYAL, Plymouth
Box Office www.theatreroyal.com | 01752 267222
ON SALE SOON

Friday 8 – Sunday 10 September 2017
KING’S THEATRE, Edinburgh
Box Office www.edtheatres.com/kings | 0131 529 6000

FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

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