THE egg theatre at Bath’s Theatre Royal has won a major national award for last year’s inventive and colourful Christmas production, Little Mermaid.
The show has won the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Little Mermaid was nominated for the best children’s show with The Secret Seven at the Storyhouse Theatre, Chester, and The Three Musketeers at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster.
The play was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of a mermaid who leaves her family underwater to search for adventure and love on dry land. The clever adaptation switched the action between a shipwrecked 1950s cruise liner and a 1980s boat party on the English Riviera. The production was co-devised with Pins & Needles, written by Bea Roberts and was loved by critics and audiences for its bold design and imaginative reworking of the well-known story.
The Little Mermaid production team is reuniting for this year’s egg Christmas production The Scarlet Pimpernel, a romp through revolutionary Paris, as a mysterious band of Englishmen help French aristos to escape, led by a flamboyant masked hero. It is on at the egg theatre from Thursday 6th December to Sunday 13th January.