Nicholas Lloyd Webber, son of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical adaptation of THE LITTLE PRINCE runs from December 1 through January 15 at the Lyric Belfast. Directed by Richard Croxford, the production is co-written by James D. Reid. Now we've got a first look at photos from the production and a first listen to a catchy new tune!
On the upcoming opening, Lloyd Webber told the UK Telegraph that he is: “Very nervous. In terms of the pressure, I’m very aware there’s going to be some... attention, but I’d just like to think that the show will be judged on its own merits. That’s all anyone can ask for.”
Based on the classic French book, THE LITTLE PRINCE is an English interpretation of the well-known story. Lloyd Webber's new work features a continuation of the partnership with Australian director and composer, Mick Gordon. The two recently collaborated on their production of THE TEMPEST for the Oxford Shakespeare Company, which played June 9-18, 2010. THE TEMPEST is part of the celebration for the Company's 400th anniversary, in addition to the 400th anniversary of Wadham College where the Oxford Shakespeare Company was born. THE LITTLE PRINCE follow yet another one of Lloyd Webber and Gordon's productions: their new play, BEA, ran at the Soho Theatre in London December 1, 2010 thru January 8, 2011.
Written by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, THE LITTLE PRINCE tells the story of a pilot's unexpected crash landing in the Sahara Desert. While in the desert, the pilot meets the Little Prince --- a young boy from another planet. The Prince shares his unique adventures that he experienced while traveling throughout the solar system. The book has been adapted into 180 different languages, various musical interpretations (including a children's version), and a film.
No stranger to musical composition, Lloyd Webber has composed three previous scores for Oxford Shakespeare Company productions and has additionally composed for film and television.