Let your hair down with a novel take on Rapunzel opening at London’s Park Theatre this week.
Olivier-nominated Rolan Bell, most recently seen in the West End in Memphis, provides royal leadership as King Gerard, with Aretha Ayeh as his queen (and Rapunzel).
The cast also includes Mark Cameron, Alex Hope and Avita Jay.
The King and Queen of Püss Püss are looking forward to the birth of their first child when disaster strikes: the Queen falls ill and only a powerful herb, known as Rapunzel, can save the mother and
The noble Baron Teth offers to locate the herb, but the witch who grows it has her price. Darkness falls across the land as the child is snatched away.
Eighteen years on, Prince Corbyn rides through the forest and he hears singing from an isolated tower. Perhaps all is not what it seems..
Rapunzel will be the third wacky instalment in the ‘Chronicles of Waa’ following previous Park Christmas shows Sleeping Beauty and Jack & the Beanstalk.
Artistic director, Jez Bond, who co-wrote all three shows with Mark Cameron, explains: “With each fairy tale set in the mythical land of Waa, we have created a world all of our very own, complete with a unique language gestures and greetings – it even has its own flora and fauna!
“Costumes and settings all add to create this land, which borrows more from Tolkien, Pratchett or Tim Burton than to a traditional English pantomime. We’ve also dispensed with pop songs so common across UK theatres during Christmas, and instead, each year, present an original musical theatre score.”
Cameron’s TV acting credits include Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Doctors plus guest roles in Law and Order, Waterloo Road, Casualty, Holby City and Eastenders.
Rolan Bell’s theatre credits include: Memphis, We Will Rock You, Ragtime, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen Jones and The
Lion King. He is also a TV regular in EastEnders and has appeared in Doctors and WPC 56.
Rapunzel runs at the Park Theatre from December 3-January 2.