By Catherine Storr adapted for the stage by Moira Buffini
Directed By Will Tuckett
On her tenth birthday Marianne is forced to bed with a fever.
Picking up an old pencil she starts to draw. That night Marianne dreams.
This is the Almeida Theatre’s first Christmas family production. Catherine Storr’s novel was first published in 1958 and reprinted many times, soon becoming a much loved children’s classic. The Almeida production will use actors and dancers to convey the world of Marianne’s dreams.
Marianne Dreams is directed by Will Tuckett, best known for his work at the Royal Opera House; Wind in the Willows, The Canterville Ghost, A Soldiers Tale and Pinocchio. He recently directed and choreographed The Seven Deadly Sins for The Royal Ballet and Into the Woods for ROH2.
Moira Buffini, who has adapted Marianne Dreams, recently wrote Dying For It for the Almeida Theatre, and is well known for her brilliant comedy Dinner at the National Theatre and in the West End.
Jack James' theatre work includes The Wonderful World of Dissocia for the National Theatre of Scotland, Richard II for the Old Vic, The Coast of Utopia, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk, Money, Troilus and Cressida all for the National Theatre, Macbeth, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, The Plantagenets and Love's Labour's Lost all for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His film and television credits include He Kills Coppers, The Merchant of Venice and Hedd Wynn.
Marianne Dreams is recommended for children of 7 years and above.
Cast Jack James, Mark Arends, Sarah Boulton, Sarah Malin, Selina Chilton, Siubhan Harrison.
Director and Choreographer Will Tuckett
Design Anthony Ward
Lighting Neil Austin
Sound Paul Groothius
Music Paul Englishby
Video Art and Projection Design Lorna Heavey
Casting Neil Rutherford