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

Do you want to hear an exciting story?
Imagine Princesses who don’t know they are Princesses and
a Prince who doesn’t want to be King

Do you want to hear a happy story?
Imagine a real Prince, discovering a real Princess, and a story which ends happily-ever-after!


Set in the Museum of Forgotten Things, three musical curators, tell the amazing tale of the museums artefacts including the mystery of a little green pea and how it got there. This one hour of fun is packed with humour and memorable songs, including a romp through every type of princess you can imagine, with hilarious costumes to match.

The audience meet a demanding queen, an array of wannabe princesses, and our main characters, an unknown girl who is blown into the palace by a gust of wind, and an indecisive prince under pressure to find his real princess.

Will he ever find a real princess or his happy ever after?

This show was originally made by tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal in 2014 with an extensive tour and Christmas run at the Sheffield Crucible before playing to sell out audiences in Hong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 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. This modern retelling of The Princess and the Pea is no exception – it’s bright, funny and thoroughly cheerful. Little Vikings

  2. 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

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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
16th Oct 2021
10.00; 1.00
Leeds Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Leeds LS2 7UP To book tickets: 0113 213 7700
19th Oct 2021
Closed schools performance
21st Oct 2021
- 26th Oct 2021
York Theatre Royal
St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
27th Oct 2021
2.00; 5.00
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW To book tickets: 01723 370541  
28th Oct 2021
11.00; 2.00
Otley Courthouse

Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN  To book tickets: 01943 467216

29th Oct 2021
11.30; 2.30
The Story Museum
42 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP  To book tickets: 01865 790050
30th Oct 2021
11.00; 2.00
Stamford Arts Centre
27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2DL To book tickets: 01780 763203
31st Oct 2021
11.00; 2.00
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG To book tickets: 01273 464440
9th Nov 2021
Thornton Dale Primary School
Closed school performance
10th Nov 2021
Lily Lane Primary School
Closed schools performance
12th Nov 2021
Harlesden Primary School
Closed school performance
13th Nov 2021
11.00; 1.00
Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL  To book tickets: 020 8741 6850

14th Nov 2021
11.30; 2.00
The Spark Arts for Children
Mansfield Central Library, Nottingham
15th Nov 2021
10.30; 2.15
D'Eyncourt Primary School
Closed school performance
16th Nov 2021
10.15; 1.30
Pickering Infant and Nursery School
Closed school performance
18th Nov 2021
10.15; 1.40
Seacroft Grange Primary School
Closed schools performance
20th Nov 2021
- 21st Nov 2021

Various venues as part of the rural touring scheme.

23rd Nov 2021
- 25th Nov 2021
Highlights North
Venues as part of the rural touring scheme.
26th Nov 2021
- 27th Nov 2021
Theatr Clwyd
Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1YA  To book tickets: 01352 701521
28th Nov 2021
1.00; 3.00
The Civic, Barnsley
Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ To book tickets: 01226 327 000
1st Dec 2021
Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School
Closed school performance
2nd Dec 2021
Hillcrest Academy
Closed performance for the school
4th Dec 2021
- 18th Dec 2021
Leeds Central Library
Room 700, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB  To book tickets: 01133 785 005  
21st Dec 2021
- 2nd Jan 2022
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Stockwell Ln, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU To book tickets: 01908 280800

Schools Activities

The Princess and The Pea Synopsis

The Princess and The Pea Synopsis




The Princess and The Pea Writing Exercise

The Princess and The Pea Writing Exercise





The Princess and The Pea Counting Activity

The Princess and The Pea Counting Activity




The Princess and The Pea Colouring Exercise

The Princess and The Pea Colouring Exercise






Creative Team

Catherine Chapman

Catherine Chapman

Catherine is a theatre designer and loves her role of creating magical places for stories to be told. Catherine was born in North Yorkshire and often returns to the area to work at York Theatre Royal and Stephen Joseph Theatre. She enjoys working on plays for children recently working on Wind in the Willows at York Theatre Royal. Catherine has previously worked with Tutti Frutti on The Girl Who Lost Her Smile and Hare and Tortoise. She also loves knitting, Coco Chanel and rabbits.
Christella Litras

Christella Litras

Music Director

Christella Litras is a songwriter, musicians, composer, vocal arranger, record produce, creative support officer (Leeds Playhouse) and founding member of Caution Collective. Christella has a strong interest in World music, is heavily interested in Caribbean music and is known for her collaborations and tours with World Musicians, such as Ella Andall and Motown legends, such as Martha Reeves. She assisted in the production of Rob Green’s album Blue which was 3rd in the ITunes RnB Charts. Recently she was comissioned to compose the musical score for Windrush: Movement of the People by Phoenix Dance Theatre, which celebrated the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush and the Caribbean residents that traveled to the UK. A protégée of Geraldine Connor she is heavily involved in the Geraldine Connor foundation contributing to many successful projects.
Lighting Designer- Callum Macdonald

Lighting Designer- Callum Macdonald

Callum is a lighting designer based in the Suffolk countryside with a rapidly growing design portfolio in a variety of genres and styles. With an electrical diploma and no official training in theatrical lighting design, Callum spent many of his early years on placements with top industry professionals, slowly working his way up the chain and into the designing role. Callum is keen to work on productions that make theatre accessible to all, be it the way that the show is presented or by the story it tells. Often accessible theatre is an afterthought on a production, where possible Callum works with companies that make the standard production more accessible from the very beginning with accessibility integrated into the performance. The goal being, to make every performance accessible to all. Callum is thrilled to be working with Tutti Frutti and to be a part of making theatre for young minds.
Mike Kenny

Mike Kenny

Writer, Sweet Dreams audio play

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.



Composer- Clean Up

Assistant Composer- The Princess and The Pea

An award-winning storyteller in her own right, NikNak devoted to developing her unique practice as a DJ & Turntablist, sound artist/composer, producer, tutor, sound engineer and radio presenter. She is also a strong advocate for diverse representation in the music industry, especially within the DJ and music production realms, and musician wellbeing/mental health. Based in the UK, you’ll find NikNak digging for vinyl or comic books, gigging in and around Leeds, experimenting and sharing her music tastes to diverse audiences, delivering engaging sessions with students to develop their DJ skills, and running/curating events such as "Dub Sirens" and "Melanin". Photo by Kirsty Garland.
Set & Costumer Designer- Warda Abbasi

Set & Costumer Designer- Warda Abbasi

A Miniature Model-Maker with a focus on sets for Theatre, Film, TV and Commercials. Of my own initiative over the past few years, I have self-taught many of the necessary skills for design and model making. I am furthering my personal development within Prop Making & Set Decorating. Currently I am freelancing as a Craft Creator for Tutti Frutti and I am a mentee on Set Access: A UK Film Talent Development Programme from Creative Access & Guy Ritchie.
Sundeep Saini

Movement Director- Sundeep Saini

Sundeep is a movement director & choreographer passionate about driving narrative through physicality & immersive performance. As a parent to two young children she is committed to making excellent theatre for young audiences and their families.

Sundeep’s has recently worked on the immersive open air production of “Squad Goals” at Dagenham & Redbridge FC. She was the Movement Director and choreographer on the National Theatre’s Public Acts production of “As You Like It” and has worked for many regional theatres including Watford Palace Theatre, Queens Theatre Hornchurch and The New Wolsey.

Wendy Harris

Wendy Harris

Artistic Director, Chair of 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.

Touring Team

Hannah Victoria

Hannah Victoria

Performer - Ivy

Hannah Victoria is delighted once again to be working with tutti frutti productions, after landing the role of Ivy in Sweet Dreams by Mike Kenny.

Hannah’s theatrical performances include Gerda in Snow Queen and shortly after joined The Little Mix Tribute Show. She has recently just finished the UK and international tour of Madagascar The Musical as Gloria The Hippo.

Whilst in training she was cast as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act and Crystal Gordon in Bad Girls, The Musical. Hannah graduated from Edge Hill University in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. She would like to thank her family for their support and encouragement. Twitter @HannahVictor1a.

Kirsty Smith

Kirsty Smith

Kirsty is a Nottingham based freelance Stage Manager. Kirsty has four years of professional experience within the theatre industry spreading out across the UK. Kirsty graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Stage Management. Since then she has toured with multiple different children shows including “The Boy Who Bit Picasso”, “Getting dressed” and more recently Red Earth Theatre’s “Mirror,Mirror”. Kirsty is currently deputy stage manager for The Reps “DNA”, and has worked on multiple tutti frutti shows such as "Keepy Uppy", and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".
McKenzie Alexander

McKenzie Alexander

Mckenzie graduated from Guildford School of Acting and almost immediately after became part of the Tutti team performing in The Ugly Duckling. Since then he has worked with the Doctor Who franchise, appeared in the music video for Ellie Goulding’s Sixteen and made his own film with the BBC and New Creatives which is currently appearing at several festivals. Mckenzie is so excited to be back with Tutti Frutti playing the Prince & Ensemble alongside a brilliant team!
Sophia Hatfield

Sophia Hatfield

Sophia Hatfield is an Actor-Musician and Theatre-Maker. She trained at Manchester School Of Theatre and has since worked extensively with theatres companies and venues across the UK, including Northern Broadsides, Derby Theatre, The New Vic, M6 Theatre, Birmingham Rep and B Arts. She also runs Stute Theatre, an award winning multidisciplinary theatre company that pushes the limits of small-scale touring. Her 2018 show Common Lore won 'Breakthrough Performance of the Year' at the NRTF Awards & her live ‘Telephone Theatre’ performances reached over 400 people during lockdown 2020.