Following a sell out run in April this year, Where is Peter Rabbit? is returning to the West End by popular demand, for a limited season from July 20 to September 1 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Inspired by Beatrix Potter’s classic tales, Where is Peter Rabbit was met with critical acclaim when it landed earlier this year. With an enhanced storyline, the new shows will feature the voice of TV presenter and musician Myleene Klass as the narrator, alongside the Olivier Award-winning actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones.
Myleene Klass said: “I have always loved and admired the Beatrix Potter books. I grew up reading them and have introduced these classic tales to my children. Peter Rabbit is such a wonderful character – cheeky, mischievous, adventurous and inquisitive. I am thrilled to be lending my voice to this enchanting show for all the family.”
Griff Rhys Jones, added: “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.
“It is wonderful that these magical tales of countryside life will be returning to the Theatre Royal Haymarket this summer.”
Where is Peter Rabbit? began life at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-On-Windermere in June 2016. The stag show sees Potter’s characters brought to the stage with hand crafted puppets that include Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Mrs Tiggy Winkle, as well as Jeremy Fisher, Mr Tod and the nefarious Mr McGregor.
Devised by Roger Glossop, and directed and choreographed by Sheila Carter, the show combines live performance, projection and recording in an interactive new magical musical, based on the original Tales by Beatrix Potter.
Thomas Merrington, creative consultant on behalf of Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd at Penguin Ventures, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Peter Rabbit and friends back to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for the summer following an incredibly successful run this Easter.
“Families are in for a treat with some new narrations and a brand new song. Audiences will continue to fall in love with this beautiful production – it really brings the characters to life in the most charming way.”