The Princess and the Pea by Mike Kenny

18th Oct 2021 to 31st Dec 2021

tutti frutti present a one hour show for children aged 3+ and their families. Perfect for weekend, half term and twilight family shows or for school performances.

Available to tour from 18th October – 31st December 2021


Not for the faint hearted… fake Princesses… or those who have trouble sleeping at night!

Do you want to hear a true story?
Imagine a place where what you see is not what it seems
With forgotten stories and forgotten things
Princesses who don’t know they are Princesses and
a Prince who doesn’t want to be King

Do you want to hear an exciting story?
Imagine an easterly wind blows in a girl through the palace gate
Blowing away the cobwebs, trying the royal mattresses
Unsettling all who live there

Do you want to hear a happy story?
Imagine a real Prince, a real Princess, oh and a little green pea!


Set in the Museum of Forgotten Things, a team of three actor-musicians, the museum curators, tell the story of objects that have been left behind, including a green pea and how it got there. Packed with humour and memorable songs, including a romp through every type of princess you can imagine with costumes to match, the audience meet a girl who is blown into the palace by the wind and discovers whether she is really a true princess. Yet there is no big royal wedding, instead all ends happily ever after with a back-packing trip and arrangements to pay for a new roof.

This show was originally made by tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal in 2014 with an extensive tour and Christmas run at the Sheffield Crucible before playing to sell out audiences in Hong Kong and Singapore in January 2015. In this new and updated fantastical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular story, Mike Kenny and the inventive tutti frutti team will once again create a funny, original, beautiful retelling of this familiar tale.


To book

For fees and to discuss availability, please contact tutti frutti on 0113 388 0027 or

For more details about working with us please see our Venues or Schools sections.


Reviews & Quotes

  1. Anyone who enjoys a charming, funny, inventive afternoon at the theatre will be sure to come out with a grin on their face. British Theatre Guide

  2. Tutti Frutti enraptures its young audience with a wonderful and warm piece of theatre, enriched by Mike Kenny’s inventive script. The Stage

  3. Prior to this outing if you’d asked me if theatre was toddler friendly I’d have laughed and said no way. But Bobby sat wide-eyed and still(ish) for 60 minutes! What a winner! YorkMix

  4. Another well-crafted and enormously enjoyable production from tutti frutti and, as with all of their shows, amid the fun there is a deeper point to take away. Whats on Stage

  5. A masterclass in engaging storytelling, with some of the best bucket-based choreography to boot. Childrens Theatre Reviews

Creative Team

Mike Kenny

Mike Kenny

Mike Kenny is one of England’s leading writers specialising in young people’s theatre. He was included in the Independent on Sunday’s list of Top Ten Living Playwrights and his plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and all over the world. His Olivier Award-winning adaptation of THE RAILWAY CHILDREN for York Theatre Royal, has had several successful revivals at Waterloo and Kings Cross stations, as well as at the National Railway Museum. In Canada it won the People’s Choice Award following its record-breaking run in Toronto. Mike won the 2015 Writers Guild Award for Best Play for Younger Audiences with THREE WISE MONKEYS and the DeutscherKindertheaterpreis in 2012 with ELECTRIC DARKNESS. In July 2013, Mike was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Nottingham for his work in theatre for young people.

Mike’s recent productions include Batley Variations, a community opera for Batley, and Random Selfies for Ovalhouse, London (Nominated for an Off West End Award) His play The Vulture Song was a co production between Blah Blah Blah in Leeds and Yellowcat, in Delhi. Last Year he wrote This is Not For You, working with Graeae and Forces Veterans on a large outdoor piece inspired by the disabled of the First World War. This was a 14-18-Now commission.

Wendy Harris

Wendy Harris

Artistic Director, Chair of TYA/PYA England

I have held the position of Artistic Director at tutti frutti since 2005 and have directed all but one production in partnership with York Theatre Royal, touring nationally and internationally and co-producing the Little Feet Festival of Children’s Theatre and the First Words writers’ development programme

Before working with tutti frutti I was Artistic Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company, and previous to this; Merseyside Young People’s Theatre Company in Liverpool. Over the years as a freelance director work has included; Everyman Theatre Liverpool, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Hope Street Ltd, Oxford Stage Company, Unity Theatre Liverpool, European Stage Company, Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Contact Theatre Manchester. I currently live in Leeds with my partner Mark and two sons Louie and Eliot.