Adapted from Dick King-Smith’s much-loved children’s novel Babe, The Sheep-Pig will be brought to life on stage in an enchanting new production, embarking on a major UK tour in 2017.
Featuring stunning puppetry, an original score and an utterly charming ‘baa-ber sheep’ quartet, the tour will launch in February and run until September 2017 across the UK.
Dick King-Smith’s The Sheep-Pig was first published in 1983, and has since been translated into fifteen languages, as well as winning King-Smith the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. In 1995 it was adapted for the big screen as the film Babe, which received huge critical and box office success.
When Babe arrives at Hogget’s Farm he is taken in by the trusty sheep-dog Fly, and soon discovers a talent for herding. With the help of his adopted mum, the polite piglet soon wins over the most suspicious of sheep. But can a small pig make it in a dog’s world, and when his farmyard friends are in trouble can Babe save the day?
The novel is adapted for the stage by Olivier Award-winning playwright David Wood OBE, who is best known for his adaptations of classic family titles including Goodnight Mister Tom, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. David also wrote the book and lyrics for new musical The Go-Between, currently playing in the West End.
David Wood said: “I am delighted that Babe, The Sheep-Pig is returning. It is a wonderful novel which I took huge pleasure in adapting. Good luck to the whole team on this new production!”
Directed by Michael Fentiman, whose productions include The Taming of the Shrew and Titus Andronicus (RSC) and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), the residents of Hogget’s Farm will be brought to life by beautiful hand-crafted puppets with the help of puppetry director Matthew Forbes (Associate Director in Puppetry & Movement, War Horse).
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