“​From the top of the tree I see the river. The river flows to the docks. Boats go out from the docks to the wide ocean. And my mother watches over me. I never knew her, so we never said goodbye.”

‘quite simply, a joy to experience… a right royal success, refreshing a much-loved story with class, ingenuity and dexterity’
★★★★  David Guest THE REVIEWS HUB

Want to perform or produce A LITTLE PRINCESS?

first performed by Corbin Abbasi, Joseph Boyle, Jeevan Braich, Verona-India Braich, Jai Britto, Hattie Candler, Amira Casetti, Beatrice Forbes, Charlotte Galaszia, Max Garrood, Grace Goddard, Ethan Hadfield, Phoebe Jones, Elise Lane, Em Lawrence, Ewan Ling, Izzy Mackie, Kira Milward, Ella Morelle, Zach Morley, Florence Russell, Tahlia Sinclair, Maya Sivagnanam, Sharuki Sivarajah, Rosy Smith, Adithi Sujith, Shreya Suresh, Rhys Surtees, Tom Taplin, Zoe Troy and Hannah Wheatly
and musicians Joseph Church, Jo Cichonska, Emma Farmer, Ffion Haffenden, Stephanie Frankland, Sam Levy, Johnny Mayers, Ted Riley, Rambranavan Sivasubramaniam, Jemma Starling and Daniel Swani

from the work of Frances Hodgson Burnett
music by Marc Folan
book by Carl Miller
lyrics by Marc Folan and Carl Miller
additional lyrics by Adey Grummet
directed by Emily Gray
choreography by Divya Kasturi
designed by Rebecca Brower
musical director Jo Cichonska
lighting design by Christopher Nairne
sound design by Avgoustos Psillas for Autograph

additional credits below



A Little Princess exists in many forms. Frances Hodgson Burnett originally wrote a short story ‘What Happened at Miss Minchin’s’ (itself inspired by part of a story by Charlotte Brontë). She then wrote a play, expanding the short story – and then a novel expanding on the play. She even saw it made into a film in 1917 – the first of many screen and stage versions, all of which have altered the story in various ways. We have aimed to be true to the emotions and ideas of the original book, while making a version we hope brings a classic story alive for new audiences as well as those who love it already.

We have been inspired by learning about Frances Hodgson Burnett’s life, including the ways it mirrors Sara Crewe’s: her experience of poverty after her father died, and her migration across the ocean to live in a new environment. In Hodgson Burnett’s case, she became the family breadwinner at an early age and a hugely successful writer in a male-dominated literary world.

A Little Princess is a story about a girl who comes to England from India so as we created this version we wanted to make the South Asian musical world part of the fabric of the score. Fusing Carnatic music with contemporary musical theatre has been an exciting development and has led to a wonderful journey of discovery.

assistant musical director Joseph Church
costume supervisor Anne-Marie Horton
stage manager George Pearce
deputy stage manager Amy Batty
assistant stage manager Violet Mackintosh
costume maker Georgia Smithers
wardrobe assistants Jenni Mannion and Jemimah Whitaker
production carpenter Michael Shaw
scenic construction RT Scenic, Set Blue Scenery, Emma Rowlands, Lean Sweeney for Ardent
scenic artist Paul Wallis
set design assistants David Spence and Jasmine Middleton

production manager Ryan Watson for Ardent Productions
production electrician Laurence Russell
lighting programmer Tom Mulliner
production sound engineer Ian Brame
sound #1 Adrian Cobey
sound #2 Lucy Taylor
graphic designer Rebecca Pitt
chaperones Samantha Bingley, Ben Simpson and Richard Upton
pastoral team Stacey Barnett, Lucy Blanchard and David Grant

first performed by NYMT at The Other Palace

photographs by Konrad Bartleski