The puppeteers who brought War Horse to life and who co-designed the Lorax for the Old Vic production introduce Napoleon, the anarchic chimpanzee who is put on trial on suspicion of being a French spy.
Based on the 200-year-old legend, The Hartlepool Monkey tells the story of a ship wrecked off the Hartlepool coast with just two survivors: the cabin girl and the ship’s mascot, a chimpanzee in military uniform. Terrified of French invasion and unfamiliar with what a Frenchman should look like, the locals put the monkey on trial as a spy with grisly consequence. At a time when Britain is examining its own tolerance and acceptance of newcomers, The Hartlepool Monkey is a timely production which celebrates humanity’s ability to overcome prejudice.
There’s no better place to see this wonderful production than the newly redeveloped Unity Theatre, in Liverpool, on Hope Place. The intimate theatre means that everyone will feel really close to the action, it might even feel like you’re on the boat yourself!
Gyre & Gimble was founded by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, who met on War Horse and went on to become associate puppetry directors of the show. They place puppetry at the heart of storytelling, creating compelling characters to lead audiences through fantastical stories and expand expectations of what puppetry is capable of. Following War Horse, they co-directed The Elephantom, which transferred to the West End, and have since created puppetry for Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild, new musical The Grinning Man, and Dr Seuss’s The Lorax which returns soon to the Old Vic.
The Hartlepool Monkey has only 3 performances running on 17 & 18 November, 8pm with Saturday Matinee 3pm. Tickets only £10! (£8 conc).
Book at unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk or call 0151 709 4988