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Alice Vilanculo (Princess Smartypants)-credit Emily Greenslade

A subversive, fun-filled adventure for children and their families

Wayward Productions and The Wardrobe Ensemble today announce the world stage première of Babette Cole’s award-winning book Princess Smartypants. The production opens at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury in April, before touring to The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol, Arts Depot, Finchley and the Lyric Studio, Hammersmith.

Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She wants to carry on making music with her menagerie of monstrous pets, but the King and Queen have other ideas... Find out how Princess Smartypants fights to preserve her independence in this hilarious fairy-tale-with-a-difference. Full of songs and madcap comedy, Princess Smartypants is a treat for all the family.

Perfect for anyone who is fed up of traditional fairy tales and wants to see what happens when girls are in charge of the castle. 

Originally published in 1986, Princess Smartypants is a classic of feminist revisionism for children. It has now been translated into 32 languages and sold a million copies worldwide.

Wayward is producing its first family show – adapting these charming yet subversive books for stage, in collaboration with The Wardrobe Ensemble.

So enter the world of Princess Smartypants and her friends, including her menagerie of Dragonocodiles, Pollycrocs and other monstrous pets. You’ll even get to meet some of the hapless princes – those the princess hasn’t turned into toads!


The Watermill Theatre, Newbury: 4 - 6 April (Age 5+) / Box Office

Wardrobe Theatre Bristol: 8 - 10 April / Box Office

Arts Depot Finchley: 12 - 13 April / Box office

Lyric Studio Hammersmith: 28 May - 1 June / Box Office