Joanna Lester-George

Review of 'The Little Prince' at Warren Street Theatre

The Brighton Argus | May 24th, 2014 | http://bit.ly/1peLLp8

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The much loved tale of 'The Little Prince' was brought to life with great originality and wit by the Northbrook Theatre Company in their recently captivating stage production at The Warren Theatre.

Famously claimed by author Antoine Saint-Exupéry to be :“a book for children written for grownups”, the show stayed true to the magic of the original story but with contemporary twists that kept the entire audience roaring with laughter. Slick song and dance routines worked well alongside a clever live music accompaniment and a highly imaginative use of set.

The storyteller is an aviator who crashes into the Sahara Desert and meets a fascinating boy from a tiny, faraway planet. “Grown-ups are really very odd”, the Little Prince declares - hardly surprising, given the morally repugnant characters he has met on his adventures along the way. Such encounters are gleefully reenacted by the show’s strong cast of seven - a pompous king with two heads, an unbearably vain Rose played simply by a gloved red hand and the hauntingly sad Little Prince himself played by a young woman.

At less than an hour long, this performance is exactly the kind of formative theatre experience that kids can truly revel in - it’s just a shame our little hero couldn’t see how much the Grown Ups loved it too.