“Mischief isn’t something you think up, it just happens” ~ Astrid Lindgren
‘Nine-year-old Pippi is strong, brave and fearless. When she comes to live in her new home with her monkey and horse but with no parents and no rules, she brings mischief, chaos and confusion to the folk of this ordinary Midlands town. Pippi takes charge of her own crazy adventures, with her two new friends, Tommy and Annika. What else would you expect from the daughter of a swashbuckling pirate captain?’
Royal & Derngate announces a musical staging of ‘Pippi Longstocking’ as its ‘Made in Northampton’ 2019 Christmas Show.
A world premiere production, Mike Akers (Treasure Island, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre for Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre) adapts Astrid Lindgren’s much-loved books for the stage for the first time. Featuring original music by Stu Barker, ‘Pippi Longstocking’ will be directed by The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton.
Celebrating nearly 75 years since Astrid Lindgren first conceived Pippi Longstocking as “the strongest girl in the world”, this stage premiere of one of our best loved children’s books promises an epic musical adventure set against a Northamptonshire backdrop that will be created especially for Christmas audiences at Royal & Derngate.
This enchanting family show is co-produced by Wizard Presents and ABA International Touring (UK) as part of Royal & Derngate’s ‘Made in Northampton’ season, which also includes a new version of Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’, a co-production of ‘Richard III’ starring Tom Mothersdale, the regional premiere of August Wilson’s ‘Two Trains Running’, directed by Nancy Medina, winner of the 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, and a new romantic musical comedy by Jim Barne and Kit Buchan, ‘The Season’. Royal & Derngate’s Christmas 2018 co-production of Jill Murphy’s ‘The Worst Witch’, adapted by Emma Reeves and directed by Theresa Heskins, is currently touring the UK.
‘Pippi Longstocking’ will run at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, from Tuesday 10th to Tuesday 31st December 2019, with a national press night on Wednesday 18th December.