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The House with Chicken Legs

A theatre show for families and children aged 9 and up.

Marinka dreams of a normal life, where she can stay somewhere long enough to make friends; but there’s one problem – her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For her grandmother is Baba Yaga who guides spirits from this world to the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and break free from her grandmother’s footsteps, but her house has other ideas…

Based on the best-selling novel by Sophie Anderson, Marinka and her unusual house are brought to life in this brand new production this Easter holiday by award-winning theatre company, Les Enfants Terribles. Produced in their unique style by the team behind Olivier Award-nominated ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’, the story is told through a blend of live music, puppetry and a sprinkle of magic to immerse you in this Yaga world of spirits and secrets.

A beautiful, engaging, and thought provoking story that deftly navigates the complexities of grief and loss against the backdrop of growing up and fitting in.

Remember, a person’s destiny might be written in the stars, but how they get there is up to them.

Post-show Event, Thu 21 April (evening performance)

Join us for a free post-show Q&A with Co-Director of the show, and Creative Director of Les Enfants Terribles, James Seager. He’ll be joined by the cast of The House with Chicken Legs to answer all your burning questions about the production and how it came together. The Q&A will take place on stage directly after the 19:00 show on Thu 21 Apr so get your questions ready!

Black and White photo of director James Seager

Cast

  • Marinka: Eve De Leon Allen (they/them)
  • Baba: Lisa Howard (she/her)
  • Ben: David Fallon (he/him)
  • Yaga: Pérola Congo (she/her)
  • Jackdaw: Matthew Burns (he/him)
  • Nina: Keshini Misha (she/her)

Creative Team

  • Written by: Sophie Anderson
  • Adapted by: Oliver Lansley
  • Directed by: Oliver Lansley & James Seager
  • Music & Sound Design by: Alexander Wolfe
  • Songs Co-written by: Alexander Wolfe & Oliver Lansley
  • Costume & Puppetry Designer by: Samuel Wyer
  • Set Design by: Jasmine Swan
  • Video Design by: Nina Dunn
  • Lighting Design by: Jane Lalljee
  • Original Illustrations by: Melissa Castrillón and Elisa Paganelli © Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2018

Find out more about Les Enfants Terribles and their work here.

 

Images Andrew AB Photography. Lead Image Rah Petherbridge.

Reviews

  • ★★★★ “a piece packed with fun, exuberant musical numbers, amusingly irreverent performances and inventive theatricality” – The Guardian

     

    ★★★★★ “Les Enfants Terribles’ adaptation is respectful to both the source material and the audience. It examines demanding themes in an arresting and highly entertaining manner and features delightful characters and a wonderful atmosphere. It is a show that has legs and deserves to run” – The Reviews Hub

     

    “this is a great show that will appeal to most ages…which envelops you in a great story and looks and sounds stunning. Highly recommended” – British Theatre Guide

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