The Princess and the Pea by Mike Kenny

5th Oct 2014 to 19th Feb 2015

Touring nationally and internationally from Sunday 5 October 2014 – Thursday 19 February 2015

For everyone over the age of 3

Do you want to hear a true story?
Well.. imagine a place where what you see is not what it seems,
A hidden place with forgotten stories,
A place where the Princesses don’t know they are Princesses and the Princes don’t really want to become Kings,
A place where appearances can be deceptive!
Do you want to hear an exciting story?
Then imagine one wintery stormy night everything changes,
The east wind blows through the castle of secrets, blowing away the cobwebs, lifting high the royal mattresses, ruffling feathers and unsettling all who live there.
Do you want to hear a happy story?
Then imagine a real Prince and a real Princess, oh and a pea!

In this new fantastical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, Mike Kenny and the inventive tutti frutti team create a funny, original, beautiful retelling of this familiar tale.
Not for the faint hearted… fake Princesses… or those who have trouble sleeping at night!
Creative Team

Director: tutti frutti’s Wendy Harris
Composer / Music Director: Whilst new to tutti frutti Ollie Birch is well known to the audiences of York Theatre Royal and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Movement:  TC Howard has worked most recently with tutti frutti on The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Rapunzel
Design:  Catherine Chapman has worked extensively with both York Theatre Royal and tutti frutti.

The touring team will comprise 3 actor/musicians and a stage manager.
Learning Resources for schools and Rainy Day activities for families together with images and a trailer will be available here from September.

For further information and bookings, please see How to book a show or contact Alison Povey, Tour Manager, on 0113 388 0027 or
For video’s of our work please see our YouTube channel



Reviews & Quotes

  1. Mawdsley's Prince is more than a nice-but-dim spoof; he too has a journey to being real, while Mawdsley also enjoys himself in princess mode. Bird is a bundle of energy in assorted roles and delights the young audience as the Princess with her feet on the ground. York Press

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
18th Sep 2014
- 04 Oct 2014
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD
To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
11th Oct 2014
The Berry Theatre
The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Hampshire SO30 4EJ To book tickets: 023 8065 2333
Visiting family information is here.
12th Oct 2014
12.00; 3.00
Jackson's Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA To book tickets: 020 8341 4421

14th Oct 2014
10.00; 1.30
The Forum
Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
To book tickets:01609 776230
15th Oct 2014
10.30; 1.30
The Brindley

High Street, Runcorn, WA7 1BG  To book tickets: 0151 907 8360

16th Oct 2014
10.30; 1.30
Arts Centre Washington

Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB  To book tickets: 0191 219 3455

18th Oct 2014
11.30; 2.00
Paradise Place, Goole, DN14 5DL  To book tickets: 01405 763652
19th Oct 2014
1:30; 4:00
Ilkley Literature Festival
To book tickets: 01943 816714
25th Oct 2014
Sundial Theatre

Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 1XA  To book tickets: 01285 654228

26th Oct 2014
Mumford Theatre

Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge  To book tickets: 0845 1962320

27th Oct 2014
11.00; 2.30
mac birmingham
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH 
To book tickets: 0121 446 3232
28th Oct 2014
2.00; 4.00
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
6 Westgate, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR  To book tickets: 01284 769505
Visiting family information is here.
29th Oct 2014
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF  To book tickets:01628 788997
30th Oct 2014
1.00; 3.00
Albany Theatre
Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG To book tickets: 020 8692 4446
31st Oct 2014
1.00; 3.00
Albany Theatre
Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG To book tickets: 020 8692 4446
1st Nov 2014
11.30; 2.30
The Riverfront
Kingsway, Newport NP20 1HG  To book tickets: 01633 656757
Visiting family information is here.
2nd Nov 2014
12:00; 3:00
Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB To book tickets: 01227 769075
Visiting family information is here.
15th Nov 2014
11.00; 2.00
Middlesbrough Town Hall
Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ  To book tickets: 01642 729 729
16th Nov 2014
11:00; 2:30
5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA
To book tickets: 0208 369 5454
Visiting family information is here.
21st Nov 2014
2.00; 4.30
Pegasus Theatre
Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE  To book tickets: 01865 812 150 
Visiting family information is here.
22nd Nov 2014
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Raby Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8AY  To book tickets: 01429 890 000

23rd Nov 2014
Lakeside Arts
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
To book tickets: 0115 846 7777
Visiting family information is here.
29th Nov 2014
Half Moon

43 White Horse Road, London, E1 0ND  To book tickets: 020 7709 8900

30th Nov 2014
11:30; 3:00
Pavilion Dance

Overlooking Lower Gardens, Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU  To book tickets: 01202 203630

6th Dec 2014
The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE 
To book tickets: 01539 725 133
7th Dec 2014
Square Chapel
10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG 
To book tickets: 01422 349422
Visiting family information is here.
10th Dec 2014
- 03 Jan 2015
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000

10th Jan 2015
11:00; 1.00
Lyric Hammersmith

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

23rd Jan 2015
1st Feb 2015
KidsFest Hong Kong
1st Feb 2015
10 Feb 2015
KidsFest Singapore
18th Feb 2015
- 19 Feb; 10.45 & 1.15
Purcell Room, The Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX To book tickets: 0844 875 0073  
Visiting family information is here.

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.
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.

Ollie Birch

Ollie Birch

Ollie trained at LAMDA. As an actor: His recent THEATRE includes THE CABINET OF DOCTOR CALIGARI Arcola MOBY DICK Arcola THE NORMAN CONQUESTS Liverpool Playhouse THERE IS A WAR National Theatre FOUR STAGES OF CRUELTY Arcola ALICE Sheffield Crucible

He is co-artistic director, writer and composer for En Masse which produces original family theatre.

TC Howard

TC Howard has worked as a performer, choreographer, movement director and educationalist throughout her career. She has danced and taught with many companies including V-Tol, Ludus Dance Company, Northern Broadsides, Vincent Dance Theatre and Gary Clarke.

Her work with The David Glass Ensemble took her to countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and The Philippines to perform and work alongside street children and local artists. She continues to research work with children using a multiple intelligence approach to learning and also works with a wide range of mixed abilities and ages.

TC has choreographed for theatre productions in Bolton Octagon, Manchester Royal Exchange, The Dukes Playhouse and with Red Ladder, Opera Circus and Horse and Bamboo. She also creates dance for site specific and installations works in non traditional venues.

TC has previously worked with Tutti Frutti on Rapunzel and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Zanna Woodgate

Zanna Woodgate

I have been working in theatre lighting for 10 years now. Most recently designing ‘Exactly Like you’ at the Vaults in London, I enjoy finding small shows with big hearts to be a part of. I am extremely passionate about all corners of the industry having worked in places from the fringe to the Coliseum, but my favourite type of show to work on has always been children’s theatre.

I have had the great fortune to work with Tutti Frutti on several shows, ‘WiLd!’, ‘The Snow Child’ and ‘The Princess and The Pea’. Each one is magical and captivating in its own unique way and I am looking forward to being a part of another one.

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

Claire Burns

Claire Burns

Claire has recently graduated from the 3 year BA (Hons) Acting Degree at Italia Conti. She is extremely excited to be touring with the tutti frutti team.

Her most recent accolades include ‘Isolated Incident’ (Fulham Broadway), ‘I don’t want to set the World on Fire’ (New Vic Theatre) and ‘The Night Before Christmas’ (UK Tour).

Claire has also worked in Ireland, playing Nancy from ‘Oliver’ at The Grand Opera House, Belfast’ and ‘Juno and the Paycock’ in the Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown. Aside from her acting, she also gigs and performs regularly with her guitar.

Joanna Brown

Joanna Brown

Joanna has just graduated from Rose Bruford Drama School as an Actor-Musician.

Whilst studying she played Rapunzel in Into The Woods, Betty Parris in The Crucible and Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost.

The Princess and The Pea was Joanna’s first professional engagement and she was delighted to be starting her career with Tutti Frutti.

Oliver Mawdsley

Oliver Mawdsley

Oliver trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked in Theatre, Film and Radio including: Theatre: The Hundred and One Dalmatians, A Christmas Carol (New Vic Theatre); The Cowardly Porter, Godspell (Frinton Rep); The Mystery of Edwin Droon (Arts Theatre, West End); Thirteen Days (Arcola); Canary (Hampstead Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Alice in Wonderland, The Hunting of the Snark (Iris Theatre); Orpheus: The Mythical (Royal Opera House); Bitesize (The King's Head); My Favourite Madman (Tristan Bates Theatre); The Sword and the Dope (Greenwich Playhouse); Maya (Baron's Court Theatre). Film: The Devil's Lamp (National Portrait Gallery & LFS); The Chancery (Haligonian) Radio: The Corrupted (BBC)

This will be Oliver played the Prince (and some princesses!) in the Princess and the Pea.
Zoe Fagg

Zoe Fagg

Zoe graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Stage Management and Technical Theatre in 2012. Recent credits include the European Union Youth Orchestra (Europe & Middle East Tours), The Marriage of Figaro (Royal Opera House Muscat), Bare the Rock Musical (Greenwich Theatre), London 2012 Olympic Homecoming Parade (Cardiff), Bert's Magical Musical Kitchen (UK Tour), Chess The Musical (Union Theatre), Symphony (UK Tour) and Pobol y Cwm (BBC Cymru).