The Light Princess at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
The Light Princess at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

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About the show

Marianne Elliott, who has directed War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, once again wows audiences with Samuel Adamson’s adaptation of the Scottish fairy-tale The Light Princess. With music and lyrics by Grammy nominated singer Tori Amos and staging by Rae Smith, this new and original production is casting a spell over National Theatre audiences.

The Light Princess follows the story of Althea, a princess whose grief over the death of her mother has caused her to become void of tears, lose her gravity and become weightless. Althea is heir to the throne of Lagobel, a city that is rich in gold but lacks a supply of water. The rival kingdom Sealand faces the opposite problem – it is full of water but has no gold. The two kingdoms are at war and their respective heirs, Princess Althea and Prince Digby of Sealand, have been taught to despise the other. However upon a chance encounter in the wilderness, the pair meet and realise that they are more similar than they had once thought. The Light Princess is a reimagining of a dark and poignant fairy-tale that explores identity, rebellion, loss and love.

As well as receiving numerous four and five star reviews, The Light Princess also won the Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award. The Daily Express’ five star review calls the production a ‘feast for the eyes’. Lead actress Rosalie Craig is also turning heads, with her performance as Althea being nominated for an Oliver award and winning the Evening Standard’s Best Actress in a Musical award.

From the spectacular set design by Rae Smith to the exquisite acting by Rosalie Craig, The Light Princess is proving a wonderful addition to the National’s repertoire, encouraging new and younger audiences to experience the delights of the theatre.

Recommended for

This coming-of-age story will delight audience members young and old alike. Some graphic scenes are used sparingly, meaning the show may be unsuitable for audience members younger than 10.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Opened: 25 Sep 2013
Press night: 09 Oct 2013
Booking from: 06 Jan 2014
Booking until: 02 Feb 2014

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

11 Reviews Add review

TM89 6' 3", 235 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A brand new musical, that greatly deserved to stay longer on the West End than what it did. A moving story of cross worlds... You could... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

georgebruv772 6"4, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

loriratia 168cm, 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes

mattlindon 36 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing show! Rosalie was fantastic!

barbaragbaz 161, 48 reviews, 2 helpful votes

zoem1 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Second time seeing it because I loved it so much.

vsainsbury 6", 34 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Absolutely one of the best new shows I've seen in a long time.

vsainsbury 6", 34 reviews, 4 helpful votes