The Lost Happy Endings at Leeds Playhouse 27th -28th March
Happily never after? A new family dance show at Leeds Playhouse asks what happens when all the happy endings are stolen.
Deep in the forest lives Jub, a magical girl with six fingers on each hand. Her job is to guard the happy endings to stories and fairytales. But one day an otherworldly witch steals them, and at bedtime the stories are destroyed.
Goldilocks changed the locks on the cottage of the three bears. Cinderella’s foot is now too big for the glass slipper. Little Red Riding Hood is gobbled up by the wolf. And Pinocchio’s nose grows so fast that he arrives everywhere a whole day before he sets off.
Can Jub rewrite the stories so that children can once again dream of new and surprising endings? You’ll have to pirouette along to Leeds Playhouse to find out.
The Lost Happy Endings is a magical family show performed by ten of balletLORENT’s professional dancers, a cast of children who have previously performed with the company, and a community cast of local primary school children.
Based on an original story by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the theatre show is narrated by Absolutely Fabulous actor (and national treasure) Joanna Lumley. The score was composed by Murray Gold (Dr Who, Gentleman Jack and Years and Years) and the costumes designed by Nasir Mazhar, who has previously created pieces for Lady Gaga and Madonna.