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By Mark Twain
Adaptation and lyrics by Chinonyerem Odimba 
Music and lyrics by Tarek Merchant

★★★★ ‘Inspired and imaginative… a truly original, seasonal treat’ WhatsOnStage

‘A delightful seasonal treat for all the family’ Newbury Weekly News

‘A remarkable adventure’ British Theatre Guide

★★★★ 'A charming production' Pocket Size Theatre

‘Ridiculously talented’ Muddy Stilettos

‘A magical way to welcome the festive season’ Basingstoke Gazette

Thu 14 Nov 2019 - Sat 04 Jan 2020

An enchanting new adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale with heart-warming original music.

Two young dreamers with very different lives long for change. The Prince is bored of royal life, of endless parties and rules and grown-ups. Most of all, he hates the grown-ups and wishes he had friends his own age to play with. Outside the palace walls in the bustling streets of London, a young girl who loves to play music and dance dreams of escaping her humble life to perform for the finest people in the city.

When their two worlds collide, the prince and the pauper embark on a thrilling adventure beyond their wildest imaginations. Switching places to live each other’s lives, will they ever be the same again? A magical, musical tale of dreams, ambition and friendship, book now for Christmas 2019!

Suitable for age 4+. We regret that we are unable to admit children under 3 or babes in arms into the auditorium except for the Relaxed Performance on Saturday 7 December at 2.30pm. Please call the box office on 01635 46044 for more information.

Act One: 55 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Act Two: 35 minutes

Accessible Performances

To book tickets for the performances listed below, please contact the Box Office on 01635 46044 or email boxoffice@watermill.org.uk.

British Sign Language Integrated Performance
Sign performance by Ana Becker and Fliss Becker
Wednesday 11 December at 2.30pm
Saturday 14 December at 2.30pm

Audio Described Performance
Described by Lixi Chivas
Saturday 21 December at 2.30pm with a Touch Tour at 1pm

Relaxed Performance
Saturday 7 December at 2.30pm

The purpose of a relaxed performance is to welcome to the theatre children and adults with special needs, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition and sensory and communication disorder, and their families. Relaxed performance tickets are £20 and £18.

Please call the box office to book on 01635 46044.

The Relaxed Performance is supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust


Principal Sponsor


Directed by Abigail Pickard Price
Designed by Katie Lias
Lighting designed by Tom White
Sound designed by Philip Matejtschuk
Choreography by Claira Vaughan

David Fallon

The Prince

Stacey Ghent


Loren O'Dair


Anne-Marie Piazza

Lady Whatsit

Tendai Rinomhota

The Pauper

Hayden Wood

Father Canty / The King

Ana Becker

Sign Performer

Fliss Becker

Sign Performer