Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Teatro Kismet (Bari, Italy) present

I Was A Rat!

By Philip Pullman

UK Premiere

Tuesday 26 March - Saturday 13 April 2013

Main House - Tickets: £8.50 - £13.00 (Family Ticket £40)

7+ - Running time is likely to be about two hours, including an interval.

Details

Adapted and directed by Teresa Ludovico
English version by David Watson

As one fairy tale ends, another begins.

Philip Pullman’s glorious and gripping story is brought to life on stage for the first time in the UK. Combining humour, fantasy, and adventure this moving and darkly comic tale slowly reveals its connection to one of the most famous fairy tales of all time.

“I Was A Rat!” insists a scruffy page boy who turns up one evening on the doorstep of old married couple Bob and Joan. But what is he now? A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers? A money-spinning fairground freak? Or just an ordinary boy, though a little ratty in his habits?

Full of music, fantastic physical performances and unforgettable images I Was A Rat! will surprise, delight and move audiences of all ages.

Leading the cast as Roger is young actor Fox Jackson-Keen. Fox made his debut on the professional stage in 2008 at the tender age of 13 in the lead role of Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical.

Adapted and directed by Teresa Ludovico, Artistic Director of Teatro Kismet in Bari, Southern Italy, best known for their thrilling visual and physical productions.

Creative Team

Adapted and directed by Teresa Ludovico
Set and Lighting Designer Vincent Longuemare
Costume Designer Luigi Spezzacatene
Composer Frank Moon
Movement Director Yann Seabra
Sound Designer Dan Hoole

Free post-show discussion on Thursday 28 March (after evening show) and Thursday 4 April (after matinee)

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Tickets

Adults £13
Children £10
Family Ticket £40 (4 tickets, max 2 adults)
Schools £9
Bargain Seats £8.50

BSP MEMBERS SAVE UP TO 50%

Dates & Times

I Was A Rat! - Tue 26 Mar 6:30pm Tue 26 Mar Main House 6:30pm Preview Hot Night £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Wed 27 Mar 2:00pm Wed 27 Mar Main House 2:00pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Wed 27 Mar 6:30pm Wed 27 Mar Main House 6:30pm Press Night £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Thu 28 Mar 1:30pm Thu 28 Mar Main House 1:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Thu 28 Mar 6:30pm Thu 28 Mar Main House 6:30pm Post Show Talk £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Fri 29 Mar 1:30pm Fri 29 Mar Main House 1:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Sat 30 Mar 2:30pm Sat 30 Mar Main House 2:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Sat 30 Mar 6:30pm Sat 30 Mar Main House 6:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Tue 2 Apr 6:30pm Tue 2 Apr Main House 6:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Wed 3 Apr 1:30pm Wed 3 Apr Main House 1:30pm Hot Night £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Wed 3 Apr 6:30pm Wed 3 Apr Main House 6:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Thu 4 Apr 1:30pm Thu 4 Apr Main House 1:30pm Post Show Talk £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Thu 4 Apr 6:30pm Thu 4 Apr Main House 6:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Fri 5 Apr 6:30pm Fri 5 Apr Main House 6:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Sat 6 Apr 2:30pm Sat 6 Apr Main House 2:30pm Audio Described Performance £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Sat 6 Apr 6:30pm Sat 6 Apr Main House 6:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Tue 9 Apr 1:30pm Tue 9 Apr Main House 1:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Tue 9 Apr 6:30pm Tue 9 Apr Main House 6:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Wed 10 Apr 1:30pm Wed 10 Apr Main House 1:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Wed 10 Apr 6:30pm Wed 10 Apr Main House 6:30pm Audio Described Performance £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Thu 11 Apr 1:30pm Thu 11 Apr Main House 1:30pm Captioned Performance £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Thu 11 Apr 6:30pm Thu 11 Apr Main House 6:30pm £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Fri 12 Apr 6:30pm Fri 12 Apr Main House 6:30pm Sign Interpreted £8.50 - £13
I Was A Rat! - Sat 13 Apr 6:30pm Sat 13 Apr Main House 6:30pm £8.50 - £13

Reviews

Critical acclaim for the show


“It is a show to please all ages, it is supremely theatrical, and it has a heart.“
The Telegraph


“A superb evening of entertainment.“
What’s On Stage


“Outstanding production.“
The Public Reviews


“The entire cast of eight is heaven sent.”
London Theatre Reviews

 
“Delicately magical moments as well as helter-skelter fun”
The Sunday Times

“This is eye-catching”
The Times

 
“Genuine wit and style“
The Guardian

 
“Funny and poignant by turns.”
Birmingham Mail

“I’ve phoned everybody I can think of to say don’t miss it. Just don’t.”
Lichfield Live

Critical acclaim for the book

A comic genius of children’s fiction

The Times

All life is here in this skilful unfolding of a very human tale from a great storyteller

The Bookseller

Combining elements of fairy tale, satire, slapstick humour and suspenseful melodrama …A glorious tale

The Guardian

This is a highly artful, child-friendly pastiche which takes a famous fairy tale as its starting point, pokes fun at adult pretensions and gullibility on the way, and rattles along to a deeply satisfying conclusion

Daily Telegraph

Praise for Teatro Kismet

Teatro Kismet, from Italy, has a reputation for creating highly visual performances with an imaginative appeal that cuts right across the generations

The Times

Ambitious theatre with Italian style

Metro

Praise for Teatro Kismet’s The Mermaid Princess

This fine company often puts an intriguing spin on its fairytale storytelling…The shows are as much a treat for adults as they are for children; an excellent choice for a family outing

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Magic is happening before our eyes

Eleytheotypia (Greece)

Praise for Teatro Kismet’s Beauty and the Beast

Sinister, comic and full of emotion. I loved it…

BBC website

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