2 January 2014

Moominland Midwinter at the theatre – the reviews are in

The egg and Horse + Bamboo have put together a fantastic play based on Tove Jansson’s book Moominland Midwinter. It’s a play that delights young and old alike.

The play continues until 12 January so there is still time to see it. Book your tickets here.

Moominland Midwinter at the theatre1

Photo by Theatre Royal Bath / the egg.

Susannah Clapp of the Observer has reviewed the play:

Tom Rogers’s design is a cut-out snowscape that is as unadorned as a piece of classic Finnish furniture. Characters ski and caper over it in miniature; at other times they appear, supported by puppeteers, at the front of the stage, when they are the size of giant toddlers. The story itself – wrapped in the eerie calm of an iced-up world into which Moomintroll wakes from hibernation – is mostly amiable, always quirky, sometimes chilling.

Moominland Midwinter at the theatre2

Photo by Theatre Royal Bath / the egg.

It is the Egg, the cosiest theatre in England – which welcomes its audience of children with primary colours, squashy seats and a snug oval auditorium – that has squeaked in with the first UK staging of these singular stories. Here are their wide-eyed musings, their strange, drifting adventures and their large undulating landscapes. Hattie Naylor has finely adapted Moominland Midwinter for the puppet group Horse + Bamboo.

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Moominland Midwinter at the theatre3

Photo by Theatre Royal Bath / the egg.