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The Lost Happy Endings

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What happens when the Happy Endings are stolen?

An original story by Carol Ann Duffy retold as dance theatre for family.

Deep in the forest lives Jub, a magical girl with six fingers on each hand. Her job is to guard the Happy Endings to stories and fairytales. But one day an otherworldly Witch steals them, and at bedtime the stories are destroyed...

Goldilocks changed the locks on the cottage of the three bears...
Cinderella’s foot is now too big for the glass slipper…
Little Red Riding Hood is gobbled up by the wolf…
Pinocchio’s nose never stops growing, in fact, his nose grew so long that he arrived everywhere a whole day before he set off!

As the Witch disappears with the stolen Happy Endings it is up to Jub to save the night, encountering many beloved fairytale characters and woodland creatures in her quest...

Packed with spirit, adventure and glorious surprises, this fantasy family show will delight generations both old and young.

Original score composed by Murray Gold, with set design by Neil Murray, costume design by Nasir Mazhar and narrated by Joanna Lumley.

Commissioned by Sadler's Wells and co-produced by Northern Stage.

Meet Jub, a magical girl who lives in the forest and has a very important job.

Meet The Witch, a twisted old woman who doesn't believe in Happy Endings.

Touring nationally in 2020.

Running Time: approx. 1 hour 40 minutes including 20 minute interval

Recommended age: 5+

At Northern Stage the professional company was joined on stage by 18 local children aged 7-10. Some of these children have taken part in balletLORENT’s previous fairytales, supporting their ongoing development and some have been selected through a 6-week schools project in areas of socio-economic inequality including St Paul’s CE Primary, Westgate Hill Primary Academy, Central Walker CE Primary and Knop Law Primary.

The children in our work continue to be the heart of the story. It is their distress and anger, and also their hope and creativity as they charge forward with their imagination that feeds our grown-up hearts with emotion and renews our energy for all the good in the world that is worth fighting for. Liv Lorent MBE

School's Participation Programme

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cast and collaborators

See all of our talented dancers and collaborators, who’ve made The Lost Happy Endings the spectacular production it is.

Ben Crompton
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Benedicta Valentina
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Carol Ann Duffy
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Debbi Purtill
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Ellen Vollmer
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Gavin Coward
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Gwen Berwick
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Joanna Lumley
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Jordaine Lincoln
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Malcolm Rippeth
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Michael Morgan
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Murray Gold
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Nasir Mazhar
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Natalie Trewinnard
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Neil Murray
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Toby Fitzgibbons
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Virginia Scudeletti
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Yen-Ching Lin
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venue

Darlington Hippodrome

location

Darlington

date 22nd February 2020

time 7:30 pm

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date 23rd February 2020

time 2:30 pm

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Sadler's Wells

location

London

date 10th April 2020

time 3:00 pm

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date 11th April 2020

time 11:00 am

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date 11th April 2020

time 3:00 pm

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