Shockheaded Peter (musical)

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Shockheaded Peter
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Music Adrian Huge
Martyn Jacques
Adrian Stout
Lyrics Martyn Jacques
Book Julian Bleach
Anthony Cairns
Graeme Gilmour
Tamzin Griffin
Basis Struwwelpeter by
Heinrich Hoffmann
Productions 1998 West Yorkshire
1999 Off-Broadway
2002 West End
2005 Off-Broadway revival
Awards 1999 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Design
2002 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment

Shockheaded Peter is a 1998 musical using the popular German children's book Struwwelpeter (1845) by Heinrich Hoffmann as its basis.

Created by Julian Bleach, Anthony Cairns, Julian Crouch, Graeme Gilmour, Tamzin Griffin, Jo Pocock, Phelim McDermott, Michael Morris and The Tiger Lillies (Martyn Jacques, Adrian Huge and Adrian Stout) the production combines elements of pantomime and puppetry with musical versions of the poems with the songs generally following the text but with a somewhat darker tone. Whereas the children in the poems only sometimes die, in the musical they all do. Commissioned by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and the Lyric Hammersmith in West London, the show debuted in 1998 in Leeds before moving to London and subsequently to world tours.[1]

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Awards

Nominations

  • 1999 South Bank Show Award Theatre
  • 2000 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience
  • 2000 Drama Desk Award for Best Set Design for a Musical
  • 2000 Drama Desk Award for Best Costume Design
  • 2002 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director
  • 2002 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Set Design
  • 2002 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elyse Sommer (2005). "Shockheaded Peter Makes a Comeback". CurtainUp. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 

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