In the years since, Le Petit Chaperon Rouge has impressed audiences the world over, but neither the show nor any other titles from Pommerat's repertoire have been seen in London. That is, until now: this autumn, Pommerat and his company Louis Brouillard are reviving Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, with the help of Institut français du Royaume-Uni, at Notting Hill’s The Coronet Theatre.
In Pommerat's fresh and visually enchanting take on the familiar story, the focal young girl, recognisable by her red cape, is forced to face the Big Bad Wolf all on her own, after her mother neglects her. This is a fairy tale for the real world, with vivid themes of desire, fear, loneliness and freedom all bubbling away below the surface. The action plays out on a minimally dressed yet bewitching stage designed by Éric Soyer and Marguerite Bordat, with Rodolphe Martin fulfilling the role of narrator; Valérie Vinci that of the little girl and grandmother; and Isabelle Rivoal portraying both the mother and the wolf.
The 45-minute production, performed in French with English subtitles, is suitable for audiences aged upwards of eight. A post-show discussion following each performance offers little ones the chance to ask any questions and unpick the darker themes in a story which has been captivating children for generations.
|What||Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, The Coronet Theatre|
|Where||The Coronet Theatre, Print Room, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Notting Hill Gate (underground)|
17 Nov 21 – 21 Nov 21, Performances at 7pm with additional 2pm and 4pm matinees
|Price||£15 - £25|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|