Weaving together the classic Andersen fairytales of The Swineherd, The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor's New Clothes, Creative PlayGround tells the history of a single royal family.
A suiting Prince becomes Swineherd to woo and win the heart of a spoiled young Princess, teaching her in the process to see worth in terms other than material value. After their marriage, the happy couple become rulers of the land. As Emperor, the ex-Swineherd thinks only of his wardrobe, neglecting his kingdom entirely. But two charlatan tailors come and teach him about the dangers of vanity. Time passes and the couple's son comes of age. The young Prince must find a bride and, for his mother, (the spoiled young Princess turned Queen) only a proper princess with proper papers will do. Of course, the lovely girl who arrives is authenticated by a Pea, but her true worth is seen from the first moment by the simple Prince who loves her for who - not what - she is.
"Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen...[the cast] armed with Hardcastle's funny script and Tobias' tight pacing, never falter - from the irresistible rhythmic chorus of words that introduces the show and draws the audience in, to the polished, droll characters they create with quirky accents and actions."
Los Angeles Times
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