This Christmas, we are thrilled to present a world premiere by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy – RATS’ TALES - showing at the Royal Exchange Theatre from 29 November 2012 - 12 January 2013

‘Expect something enchanting, cheeky and a little bit dark’ The Guardian

Created in collaboration with acclaimed theatre maker Melly Still (CORAM BOY, BEASTS AND BEAUTIES), the show is inspired by the story of THE PIED PIPER. Taking Carol Ann’s collection of stories THE STOLEN CHILDHOOD, and combining it with folk stories from around the world, the play deals with the sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious transition from childhood to adulthood.

‘Fairy tales are strange and familiar, frightening and reassuring, and provide a map of childhood which we can use as adults to remember who we are. Their retelling and reinterpretation is part of the lifeblood of literature.’ Carol Ann Duffy

With live music, animation, puppetry and incredible acting, this World Premiere tells stories that get to the heart of childhood and celebrate the spirit of the festive season.

A genuine alternative to pantomime this Christmas – for anyone aged 8 – 108.

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