The Happy Prince 2014





English Cabaret in association with C theatre



The Happy Prince

by Sue Casson,

after Oscar Wilde



The return of a soaraway success



Sue Casson’s highly acclaimed musical adaptation of The Happy Prince captures all the poignancy and charm of Oscar Wilde’s short story. The tale of the gilded statue prince who, with the help of a migrating swallow, selflessly relieves the hardship of his townspeople is movingly brought to life by a small and versatile cast. This new production has even more resonance today with its themes of philanthropy, love and loss and the emptiness of wealth in the face of heartbreaking poverty.


The Happy Prince explores what it is to tell a story, playfully deconstructing the make-believe of theatre and charting the different journeys of the performers. Crammed full of soaring melodies and witty lyrics, Sue Casson’s


The Happy Prince, as realised by director Tom Blackmore, is a multi-layered musical morality play for our times. But perhaps its greatest trick is its ability to appeal to adults as much as it does to children.


English Cabaret was formed by Blackmore and Casson with a mission to bring ideas to life through story and song. At last year’s Edinburgh Fringe the company premiered Albion Forlorn, a torch song for the state we’re in, and prior to that this production of The Happy Prince, enjoyed runs at London’s Bridewell Theatre and in Dublin after its 2012 Fringe appearance. The Happy Prince is one of three shows that English Cabaret is producing this festival, alongside English Cabaret Hour and Dreams of Peace and Freedom.


‘Witty and intelligent… the music and the lyrics complement each other very well and have something of the quality of both Sondheim and Victoria Wood’ Stage


‘It makes a fine evening – no sex no violence, no reality’ Financial Times



‘The Happy Prince is theatre with a heart. Replete with thought-provoking parallels to the sufferings wrought by present-day austerity’


‘A poignant meditation on the nature of poverty, generosity and the illusion of theatre’ Big Issue


‘A little pool of magic. The music had variety and charm, the concept was simple and relevant’ Derbyshire Times





Venue: C south, venue 58, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Dates: 31 Jul-25 Aug (not 11 Aug)


Time: 12:00(0h55)


Ticket prices: £7.50-£9.50 / concessions £5.50-£7.50 / children £3.50-£5.50


C venues box office: 0845 260 1234 /


Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000 /


For further information, images and interview availability please contact Tom Blackmore at English Cabaret on 07896 038248 / [email protected] or the C venues press office on 0845 260 1060 / [email protected]




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The Happy Prince         Christopher Cubitt

Swallow                         Robert Blackmore

Chorus                           Sue Casson

Pandora                         Lily Blackmore

Christopher Cubitt is our very local Happy Prince at Ediinburgh this year.


Trained at Napier University, he has recently been putting his physical theatre skills on show  as part of the theatre celebrations for the Commonwealth Games. This is Christopher's second appearance at C venues, where in 2012 he played The Irishman based on Brian Keenan in Someone who'll watch over me at C ECA.