Once Upon A Mattress

London theatre news: Tuesday 4 February 2020

Comedy - Musicals - Off-West End - Shows

Director Mark Giesser returns to Upstairs at the Gatehouse with Once Upon A Mattress, another classic musical rarely seen in London - from 5 to 29 March 2020.
Once Upon A Mattress at Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Image courtesy Alces Productions

Upstairs at the Gatehouse will see another rare classic musical revivied in a new production of Once Upon A Mattress, the first musical by Mary Rodgers, daughter of legendary musical composer Richard Rodgers.

The musical will run from 5 to 29 March 2020.

Mark Giesser will be directing the show which will star Offie-nominee Beth Burrows as Princess Winnifred, in her fourth collaboration with the director (Strike Up the Band, The Lady With a Dog, Sirens of the Silver Screen).

Playing alongside Ms Burrows will be Julia Faulkner (Gangsta Granny, Heartbreak Productions) as Queen Aggravain and Theo Toksvig-Stewart (Endless Second, Theatre 503/Pleasance Theatre/Park Theatre; Eastenders, BBC) as Prince Dauntless.

The full cast includes ...

Steve Watts (Merrily We Roll Along, Watermill Theatre; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Regents Park Open Air Theatre);

Rachael Louise Miller (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bill Kenwright; Angelina Ballerina; ITV);

Matthew James Willis (Top Hat, Upstairs at the Gatehouse; Curtain Up!, Prince Edward Theatre);

Rachel Lea-Gray (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Criterion Theatre);

John Sears (Gigi, Tabard Theatre; Death in the Family);

Courtney Hammond (Billy Ellliot, Victoria Palace Theatre; Scrooge, Bill Kenwright); and

Scott Armstrong (Motown - The Musical, Adam Spiegel Productions; The Gruffalo, Tall Stories/Kenny Wax, Ltd).

In the creative department, Mark Giesser is joined by choreographer Chris Whittaker (Shaftesbury, Savoy and Novello Theatres, Chichester Festival Theatre, Offie 2018 for Top Hat at the Gatehouse), musical director Jessica Douglas (York Grand Opera House, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, and the John Cooper Studio Theatre) and the show is designed by Giulia Scrimieri (Game of Thrones, Vikings; Sadlers Wells; Royal Opera House; and the Southbank Centre).

And a note for your diary ...

Mark Giesser will be returning to Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Autumn 2020 with Irving Berlin's Call Me Madam, which is scheduled to be on sale later this year.

Show listing information


Many moons ago, in a far-off place, begins a magical musical comedy journey into the world of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved story of the princess and the pea.

But this isn't your usual fairy tale, and Princess Winifred isn't your usual fairy-tale princess.

The kingdom in which she seeks her prince seethes with a very adult problem, which won't end until a very stubborn Queen Aggravain allows her son to marry.

Alas, he is his mother's prince, and is any princess really good enough?


Beth Burrows as Princess Winnifred

Julia Faulkner as Queen Aggravain

Theo Toksvig-Stewart as Prince Dauntless

Steve Watts

Rachael Louise Miller

Matthew James Willis

Rachel Lea-Gray

John Sears

Courtney Hammond

Scott Armstrong


Author: Book by: Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer
Composer: Mary Rodgers
Lyricist: Marshall Barer
Director: Mark Giesser
Designer: Giulia Scrimieri
Musical direction: Jessica Douglas
Choreography: Chris Whittaker
Production: Alces Productions


Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Highgate Village
N6 4BD


From: Thursday 5 March 2020

Closes: Sunday 29 March 2020


Previews: £10

Standard: £20

Concessions: £16

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