Since it was first published over 70 years ago, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella The Little Prince has become the most read and most translated book in the French language. Translated into more than 250 languages and dialects and selling over a million copies per year totalling over 200 million copies worldwide, it has also become one of the best-selling books ever published.
This timeless classic which touches on childhood, imagination, the inevitability of growing up and responsibility continues to bring joy and enlightenment to be passed on from generation to generation.
Part of the magic of this story is that it is for all ages and the more you read it the more messages and meanings you gain from it. Providing insight into the world through its inspirational and thought-provoking words, it gives readers the gift of valuable new lessons for the stage of life they are at each time they read it.
In June, Australia’s flagship puppetry company, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will bring de Saint-Exupéry’s beautiful tale to life on Riverside’s stage.
A stage adaptation has the ability to make a story jump off the page and bring it to life for children. This is not only great for young bookworms, but also a real boon for reluctant readers.
Theatre has the magical ability to be a life-changing experience, jumpstarting the imagination and sparking a unique kind of learning. It has not only proven to be an exceptional resource that links to many areas of knowledge such as geography, language and science, but also in developing creative gifts and a lifelong appreciation of performing arts. Theatre has the ability to touch the imagination, arouse curiosity, or fire an artistic impulse. It allows children to laugh uproariously, learn to empathise and participate freely in culture.
Riverside Theatres is committed to offering families the opportunity to exposing their children to the special experience that page to stage adaptations provide. Previous adaptations that have been performed at Riverside include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, The 13-Storey Treehouse, Emily Loves to Bounce and Emily Eyefinger.
Spare Parts Associate Director and director of the production, Michael Barlow said that “The Little Prince is an adventure story that celebrates the things that give our lives meaning and the importance of imagination. The story is about what really matters in life. It isn’t material things that have the greatest value, it’s the people we form relationships with.”
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre brings the memorable characters of The Little Prince to life with exceptional performers Jessica Lewis (Fox) and Shane Adamczak (Miss Lily’s Fabulous feather Boa).
Come and immerse yourself in this profoundly special experience – introduce the little people in your life to this gem and rediscover it for yourself, at Riverside 28 – 29 June. CLICK HERE to book now.
Bring your little princes and princesses in their pajamas to the show on Tuesday 28 June at 6pm for a bedtime story LIVE on stage. Taking bedtime to a whole new level, tickets to this performance also include a post-show French themed party!