After a sell-out run last Christmas award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees is returning to Theatre503 December 2015. Directed by critically-acclaimed Tom Attenborough, this three-man pantomime with a twist combines the classic elements of a well-loved pantomime with an astonishing range of fast paced, physical and bare-knuckled comedy.
Sleeping Trees have booked the venue. They’ve bought the costumes. But, there’s just one problem. They’ve forgotten to cast any actors. These boys aren’t the kind of people to let an obstacle like this get in the way so they’re just going to have to play all the parts themselves.
Fresh from Edinburgh Fringe success with their shows Mafia? and Western?, Sleeping Trees are known for their stripped back aesthetics, employing a comic and cut-and-paste approach to the creative demolition of well-loved stories, books and film genres.
A glorious cocktail of everyone’s favourite pantomimes, this is a panto for children that adults love and a panto for adults that children love. Follow Cinderella on a perilous adventure as the scheming Rumpelstiltskin blackmails the would-be princess to retrieve the coveted golden eggs from the top of the beanstalk in order to recover her glass slipper. But with Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and Jack’s pregnant cow all doing their best to get in the way, the delicious, oversized eggs may not be so easy to reach.
The company says: We are extremely excited to be returning to Theatre503, now as Associate Artists of the venue, with Cinderella and the Beanstalk. We were delighted with the response the show got from audiences last Christmas, in particular seeing children engage so enthusiastically with the show and theatre in general. We can’t wait to climb back into our onesies and get going again. We’ve got some time in the studio set up so we can make this year’s show even bigger and better than before. So hang on to your popcorn, because the theatre doesn’t like it if you make a mess! Sleeping Trees are now an associate company of Theatre503.
Cinderella and the Beanstalk
Performance Dates Wednesday 25th November 2015 – Saturday 2nd January 2016
Tuesday to Saturday, 7pm
Saturday and Sunday, 3pm
No performances on 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January
Running time 90 minutes
Twitter @wesleepingtrees, @theatre503, #cinderellaandthebeanstalk
Director Tom Attenborough
Writer/Performer John Woodburn
Writer/Performer James Dunnell-Smith
Writer/Performer Joshua George Smith
Musician/Composer Mark Newnham
Movement Director Polly Bennett
Set Designer Simon Wells
Producer Alice Carter
Notes Ages 8+
Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London
SW11 3BW, https://theatre503.com/
Friday 18th September 2015