Once Upon A Mattress at The Playground Theatre

London theatre news: Monday 20 August 2018

Family - Musicals - Off-West End - Shows

The team behind the critically acclaimed, sold out UK premiere of Stephen Sondheim's 'The Frogs', are to present a new production of the hit Broadway musical 'Once Upon A Mattress'.
Once Upon A Mattress at the Playground Theatre

Image: House on the Hill Productions

House on the Hill Productions, the team behind the critically acclaimed, sold out UK premiere of Stephen Sondheim's The Frogs, adapted by Nathan Lane at Jermyn Street Theatre, are to present a new production of the hit Broadway musical Once Upon A Mattress.

The show will be at The Playground Theatre over the festive season from 18 December 2018 to 19 January 2019.

Once Upon A Mattress is a modern-day family musical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, and has book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer.

Winnifred, better known as Fred, is not your average princess - she's loud, independent and knows her own mind.

But for her to marry Prince Dauntless, she must prove to his overprotective mother, Queen Aggravain, that she is indeed a true princess in an impossible test.

Set against the colourful backdrop of her beloved's castle, and with an upbeat jazzy score, this is the perfect comedy musical to see this holiday season, set to delight young and old alike.

With casting yet to be announced, the show will be directed by Alex Pearson and Grace Wessels.

Once Upon A Mattress marked the Broadway debut in 1959 of stage and TV personality Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred.

A later US tour starred Buster Keaton as the King.

The West End premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in 1960 featured Max Wall as the Jester.

A 1996 Broadway revival starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Winnifred, and Jane Krakowski as Lady Larken was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

A 2005 Disney TV movie version featured Tracey Ullman as Princess Winnifred, and Glee star Matthew Morrison.

Composer Mary Rodgers, the daughter of celebrated composer Richard Rodgers, also wrote children's books, most notably Freaky Friday, in which a mother and daughter trade bodies.

It was twice made into a film, first with Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris in 1976 and then Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Le Curtis in 2003.

Her son, Adam Guettel, is the Tony award-winning composer of musicals Floyd Collins and The Light in the Piazza.


Once Upon A Mattress - Wikipedia

House on the Hill Productions

The Frogs - Wikipedia

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