I Want My Hat Back

13 April – 1 September 2020

We are offering all our online shows for free, but if you’re able to make a donation it would be much appreciated.

Little Angel Theatre has partnered with theatre director Ian Nicholson to stream an adaptation of Jon Klassen’s picture book I Want My Hat Back.

I Want My Hat Back is the first in a trilogy of books by Canadian author and illustrator Jon Klassen. The mischievous tale follows a bear who’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, if they have seen it. The book was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal when it was published in the UK in 2013.

The show was created remotely, with Nicholson, designer Samuel Wilde and Composer Jim Whitcher communicating across Zoom and WhatsApp over 200 miles apart to discuss storyboarding, prototypes for the puppets and music. The finished set was then posted by Wilde to Nicholson’s home, from where he performed the show, with his partner, Susannah Stevenson, acting as Stage Manager.

Thanks to the generosity of Jon Klassen and Walker Books, the show will be available to watch for free on the Little Angel Theatre YouTube Channel until Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Make the bear puppet from I Want My Hat Back

We’ve created a template to help you make the bear puppet. Download the template here.

You can buy the book from Walker Books here.

Written and Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Adapted, directed and performed by Ian Nicholson
Designed by Samuel Wilde
Music composed by Jim Whitcher
Stage Managed by Susannah Stevenson

Title: I Want My Hat Back
Author: Jon Klassen
© 2012 by Walker Books