Event: The Light Princess by Tori Amos & Samuel Adamson
Location: National Theatre, SE1
The Light Princess is a dark Scottish fairytale about a princess and a prince from rival kingdoms both devastated by the loss of their mothers. The princess becomes so light with grief she floats almost away, and the prince becomes heavy-hearted and serious, he is unable to smile.
The National Theatre (NT) has taken a chance with its new musical by the American singer-songwriter Tori Amos and Australian playwright Samuel Adamson, directed by Marianne Elliott.
Rosalie Craig stars, coming straight from playing Lady Macduff in Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth, and Nick Hendrix plays the sad prince.
The musical has been six years in the making, in part due to the complicated staging, having the princess floating above the stage for half the performance, and, as well as the aerial effects, there is animation and puppetry involved.
Marianne Elliott has good experience in using puppetry of course, having co-directed the hit NT production War Horse (she’s also the director of another NT hit, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) – both of which are still running in the West End (details below).
(The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Apollo Theatre, and War Horse at the New London Theatre are both currently booking until 25 Oct 2014).
The Light Princess is on at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre with previews from 25 Sept, booking until 2 Jan 2014. Suitable for ages 13+.