Preview: Once Upon a Mattress at The Playground Theatre

Once Upon a Mattress Will Open at The Playground Theatre
Once Upon a Mattress Will Open at The Playground Theatre

The team behind the critically acclaimed, sold out UK premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs, adapted by Nathan Lane at Jermyn Street Theatre, are to present a new production of the hit Broadway musical Once Upon A Mattress.

Once Upon A Mattress, a modern-day family musical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, will open at The Playground Theatre from Tuesday 18 December, 2018 to Saturday 19 January, 2019.

Winnifred, better known as Fred, is not your average princess – she’s loud, independent and knows her own mind. But for her to marry Prince Dauntless, she must prove to his overprotective mother, Queen Aggravain, that she is indeed a true princess in an impossible test.

Set against the colourful backdrop of her beloved’s castle, and with an upbeat jazzy score, this is the perfect comedy musical to see this holiday season, and will delight young and old alike. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again!

Once Upon A Mattress marked the Broadway debut in 1959 of stage and TV personality Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred and a later US tour starred Buster Keaton as the King.

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