Loved by children and adults around the world for generations, the classic tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has been given a fresh and witty adaptation using Luca Silvestrini’s distinctive blend of dance, humour, words and music. Following its premiere at DanceEast for Christmas 2018, the show has toured widely and been nominated for Best Modern Choreography at the National Dance Awards 2021, and won the Fantastic for Families Best Family Event Award. After it’s London premier in 2019, it now returns to The Place for Christmas 2021 after a UK tour. Audiences will be invited to join the Little Prince as he journeys through a weird and wonderful universe, meeting fascinating characters along the way whilst learning about the value of friendship and love.

Stranded in the desert where he’s crashed his plane, a pilot meets an inquisitive boy who tells him a remarkable story of how he left his own tiny asteroid and journeyed through the universe. On this journey, the Little Prince comes face to face with the baffling world of grown-ups, from a king who reigns over nothing to a businessman obsessively counting stars, from a mysterious snake to a truly wise and friendly fox. With an original score by Frank Moon, design by Yann Seabra and lighting by Jackie Shemesh, Protein’s award-winning show invites us to look at the world through one’s heart and to reconnect with our inner child.

The cast of four, returning from the 2019 tour, includes original cast members Donna Lennard, Andrew Gardiner and Faith Prendergast. Joining them is Simon Palmer, who has previously performed with companies including Punchdrunk, Theatre-Rites and Arthur Pita.

Luca Silvestrini said “I am delighted to be returning to indoor live performance with The Little Prince. It’s a show for everyone and the perfect occasion to celebrate that special combination of magic, storytelling and fun that only theatre can offer.”

Formed in 1997 and one of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein uses a blend of original choreography, humour and music to entertain and provoke audiences. The company’s idiosyncratic dance theatre is provoked by the everyday and its repertoire includes the award-winning LOL (lots of love), which has toured extensively since its 2011 debut, and Border Tales, which peels back stereotypes about multicultural Britain. Protein was awarded the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Dance Company 2011 and was nominated again in 2016.

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Running Time: 70mins | Suitable for all, children and grown-ups aged 5+

Co-commissioned by The Place and DanceEast, supported by The Point, Eastleigh, Warwick Arts Centre and Dance City.

Company Information
Conceived and Directed by Luca Silvestrini
Devised and performed by Andrew Gardiner, Donna Lennard, Simon Palmer, Faith Prendergast.
Pilot character originally devised by Jack Sergison and later developed and performed by Karl Fagerlund Brekke and Kip Johnson
Design by Yann Seabra Associate Director Valentina Golfieri
Lighting design by Jackie Shemesh Production Manager Rachel Shipp
Music composed by Frank Moon Sound Engineer Thomas Evans
Video design by Daniel Denton Assistant Stage Manager Bethan Shaw

Listings information
Touring 22 October – 24 December 2019

24 Oct Babylon Arts, Ely
Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU
Sun 2pm & 6pm | £7 | 01353 616991

27-30 Oct Norden Farm Centre For The Arts, Maidenhead
Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF
Wed-Sat 3.30pm, Thurs-Sat 11.30am | £10-£12 | 01628 788997

6 Nov The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton
Coal Orchard, Taunton, TA1 1JL
Sat 11.30am & 3.30pm | £15 (£10 conc) | 01823 283244

12-13 Nov Lighthouse, Poole Centre For The Arts
21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG
Fri 6pm, Sat 11.30am & 2.30pm | 01202 280000

20 Nov ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees
Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL
Sat 11.30am & 2.30pm | From £6 | 01642 525199

27 Nov The Dukes, Lancaster
Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
Sat 3pm | £13 | 01524 598500

4 Dec Woolwich Works, London
The Fireworks Factory, London, SE18 6HD
Sat 11am & 3pm | From £10 | 020 8035 8835

11-12 Dec Teatro della Muse, Marche Teatro, Italy
Piazza della Republicca, 60121 Ancona, Italy
Sat 8.45pm & Sun 4pm | +39 071 52525

18 – 24 Dec The Place, London
17 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9PY UK
Sat 3pm, Sun 3pm & 7pm, Tue 11.30am & 3pm, Wed 11.30am, Thu 11.30am & 3pm, Fri 11.30am | £14 (£8 conc) | 020 7121 1100