Many fairytales, especially ones with princesses, are best know by their Disney interpretations but there are often other, darker, sides of these well-known stories. Angel Heart Theatre are bringing their intricately designed wooden puppets to Nuffield Southampton Theatre's NST Campus on March 10 2018 for a very different take on the Brothers Grimm tale: Snow White.
Angel Heart's Snow White is set in a magical kingdom with a steampunk style setting. The wooden puppets are styled with cogs and cranks, and it creates quite an eerie feel. The evil queen is not just obsessed with being beautiful, she wants to control everything in the kingdom - including time. Snow White escapes from evil Queen, aptly called the Queen Who Never Smiles, and runs away to the woods where she meets creatures who aren't willing to play by the Queen's unhappy rules.
This truly is an original take on the story that sounds like it could easily be a new episode of Doctor Who, and it is performed by a host of enchanting puppets that look like they may have stepped off the set of Pan's Labyrinth. The puppets are created by James Richardson, who became inspired to start creating his own puppets after putting on many home marionette shows as a child.
The UK Tour of Snow White also coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Angel Heart Theatre. It is a good representation of the originality and passion for puppetry and storytelling that they bring to the stage.
Tickets are available on the NST website and are £6 for both adults and children. There will be two performances on Saturday the 10th of March, one at 11am and one at 2pm The show is recommended for audiences 4 and up. For information about more of Angel Heart Theatre's shows, head to the Angel Heart website. Nuffield Southampton Theatre's show a huge variety of theatre aimed at younger audiences throughout the year as part of their Saturday children's theatre program, for more shows for young people you can check out other upcoming shows on the NST website.