Award-winning playwright Inua Ellams’ first play for children tours the UK

The golden-haired ‘Little Prince’ has been reimagined as a little boy of African descent from a parallel universe

FUEL THEATRE’S latest project, The Little Prince has begun its tour of the UK. Taking the timeless story that has enchanted children for decades, this new adaptation gives it a modern spin, adapting it for the stage whilst staying true to the heart of the classic children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Re-imagining the golden-haired ‘Little Prince’ as a little boy of African descent from a parallel universe adds a new dimension to a story that is already radical in its exploration of love, acceptance and difference. 

This is the first work for children from the pen of Inua Ellams, award-winning playwright of The Barbershop Chronicles (★★★★★ ‘Joyous. Life-affirming. Go!’ The Independent | ★★★★  ‘Remarkable.’ The Observer | ★★★★ ‘Hugely fun.’ Time Out). The Little Prince is directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr, the first theatre director of African descent to establish a national touring company in the UK, Tiata Fahodzi in 1997. With a strong African influence, both on-stage and behind the scenes, this show will allow you to see the stars as never before, putting Africa and Blackness centre-stage. 

Broken down in the Sahara Desert, desperate to repair her fighter jet, a pilot meets an extraordinary Little Prince. As he recounts his adventures, the pilot re-discovers the power of imagination, the importance of doing what we can to protect our natural world, and the true meaning of friendship.

Inua Ellams’ magical retelling of the much-loved story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry sees the Little Prince descend from an African race in a parallel galaxy. He travels across time and space seeking help to bring peace to his warring planet. His journey as a galactic emigrant addresses climate change, morality, taking audiences through solar systems of odd planets with strange beings and showing how even a little thing can make a big difference.

Children and adults will be transported to the world of the Little Prince with a rich Afrofuturistic aesthetic, puppetry and music of North African heritage. With design by Miriam Nabarro (associate artist with award-winning 20 Stories HighTheatre) and music by Mercury Award nominated and Ivors Academy Award Winner Cassie Kinoshi, this dazzling new show is bursting with sights and sounds from this universe and beyond.

With environmental issues at the forefront of this story and in young people’s lives, this bold new show explores protecting the environment and saving the planet – while always being aware that changes in the climate are often invisible to the eye. At a time when climate change issues, immigration statistics and racial discord are a constant fixture on the news, the story of The Little Prince is more relevant now than ever as it explores the world, the stars and beyond.

The Little Prince is on tour from Fri 17 Jan until Sat 29 Feb and is suitable for ages 5+. 

The Little Prince UK Tour

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London Friday 17 Jan – Sat 1 Feb

The Albany, London Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 Feb

Z-arts, Manchester Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 Feb

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 Feb

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