Shockheaded Peter is based on the gothic stories and illustrations of the "Struwwelpeter", penned in 1844 by a German doctor, Heinrich Hoffman. In it, Peter and his unruly band of wicked youths present a series of cautionary tales in the fashion of an eerie variety show of illusions, puppetry and music - all set against pop-up, musical-box modern staging.
The show was created and originally performed by Julian Bleach, Anthony Cairns, Graeme Gilmour, Tamzin Griffin and Jo Pocock; directed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch; designed by Crouch and Gilmour; with music care of The Tiger Lillies (Adrian Hughes, Martyn Jacques and Adrian Stout) and musical direction by Jacques. The final performances at the Lyric will reunite The Tiger Lillies and the original cast.
Shockheaded Peter, a Cultural Industry Project produced in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Lyric Hammersmith, premiered in Leeds in March 1998. Since then it has had numerous sell-out runs in London and toured the UK and internationally.
It played at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre in 2001 and returned to the Albery Theatre in 2002, when it won two Laurence Olivier Awards, for Best Entertainment and Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Martyn Jacques. Its many other accolades include a TMA Award for Best Director and a Critics Circle award for Best Designer.
- by Terri Paddock