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Dare You Enter The Caravan Of Mysterious Misfits?
Roll up, roll up, for one of the most amazing experiences you are ever likely to see.

The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie is the creation of innovative theatre group Les Enfants Terrible which promises to provide audiences with a touch of the mysterious, magical and magnificent all rolled into one.

Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie
Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie takes to the road (credit Richard Davenport)

The colourful show, which embarks on a UK tour including a date at the Lichfield Garrick theatre in March, is set around an exotic caravan that has suspiciously arrived in town filled with curiosities and a crew of mysterious misfits.

Dr Longitude and his team of 'experts' will guide theatre-goers through a puppet-packed, lyrical and magical musical tour of the Menagerie's finest exhibits.

If you've ever wanted to count a Decapus's, legs, wondered what a Whistling Pank eats, or lick a Tresillian Toad, then this is apparently for you!

Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie
See the caravan of mysterious misfits on show

Run by Oliver Lansley, who founded the company in 2001, and James Seager, Les Enfants Terrible is dedicated to creating original, innovative and exciting theatre with the use of props, puppetry and live music.

Previous work includes award winning, international stage shows such as The Trench, and The Terrible Infants and The Vaudevillains, and large scale public events for the likes of Save the Children, the British Library and the V&A.

Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie and its caravan of strange characters will arrive at the Lichfield Garrick on March 18 as part of a series of dates around the country.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield theatre-goers are in for something strange

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7pm, cost 10 for adults and 8 for children, and can be booked online at or by calling Lichfield Garrick's Box Office on 01543 412121.

Remaining UK Tour Dates


27th New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 023 9264 6477


2nd Lyceum Theatre, Crewe 01270 368 242
5th Palace Theatre, Newark 01636 655755
9th Hunt Theatre, Felsted 01371 822619
12th Lighthouse, Poole 0844 406 8666
13th The Welfare, Ystradgynlais 01639 843163
17th Burnley Mechanics 01282 664400
18th Garrick Theatre, Lichfield 01543 412121
20th The Atkinson, Southport 01704 533 333
24th Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa 01926 334418
25th Greenwich Theatre 020 8858 7755
29th The Castle, Wellingborough 01933 270 007
30th Borough Theatre, Abergavenny 01873 850805


1st Square Chapel, Halifax 01422 349422
2nd Pocklington Arts Centre, York 01759 301547
3rd Helmsley Arts Centre 01439 771700
5th Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds 0113 376 0318
6th Stourbridge Town Hall 01384 812812/ 0870 320 7000
7th Otley Courthouse 01943 467466
8th King's Hall, Ilkley 01274 432000
9th Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield 0114 249 6000
10th Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield 01246 345 222
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Why? A Magical Mysterious Experience Awaits
When: 27 February - 10 April 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: 10 for adults, 8 for children
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