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Peter Rabbit hops into the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PLAYING at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from April 3 to April 28, 2019, this London season of Where is Peter Rabbit™? follows the hugely popular runs at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-On-Windermere which premiered in June 2016 and has enthralled audiences and garnered rave reviews ever since.

Bringing the magical world of Beatrix Potter to life are beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting original songs and a sprinkle of magic.

The production includes everybody’s favourite stories and characters, including ferocious Mr. McGregor, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and of course, mischievous Peter Rabbit.

Where is Peter Rabbit™? features the voices of Olivier Award-winning actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones and BAFTA Award-winning actor Miriam Margoyles, as well as 14 joyful songs with lyrics by playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn and music by Steven Edis.

Handed down from generation to generation, these classic stories hold a special place in our hearts, so whether a warm hug of nostalgia, or the perfect introduction to Beatrix Potter’s Tales, this is a truly charming production for the whole family to cherish and enjoy together.

Devised by Roger Glossop, and directed and choreographed by Sheila Carter, this innovative show combines live performance, projection and recording in a thoroughly interactive brand-new magical musical, entirely based on the original Tales by Beatrix Potter.

Griff Rhys Jones. Photo credit: Steve Finn.

Griff Rhys Jones said: “The characters and the strange life of animals are so well observed by Beatrix Potter and not just in her beautiful illustrations. I don’t think we cherish things quite as much as we do children’s books, handed down like golden gems; and it’s remarkable to think that these stories are still so loved.”

Miriam Margoyles said: “The characters leap into your heart. There is a directness and a freshness that comes through the text and they will live for all time. It’s a window back into childhood.”

Where is Peter Rabbit™? is suitable for ages 3+.

Image (bottom): Griff Rhys Jones. Photo credit: Steve Finn.

Tickets (on general sale from February 15 at 10am): From £15. To book, call the box office on 020 7930 8800 or visit www.peterrabbitlive.com/.

Times: See website.

Running Time: Approximately 1 hour (no interval).

Also at the Theatre Royal Haymarket: the musical stage adaptation of classic TV sitcom Only Fools and Horses.