Based on the book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

A Little Angel Theatre and Polka Theatre co-production

Thurs 6 February – Sat 18 April 2020
See Diary for performance times

Location: Theatre

The Guardian

When a little girl cuts out a string of paper dolls she takes them by the hand and together they go on a fantastical adventure whirling through their home and garden. Ticky, Tacky, Jackie the Backie, Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow fly through time and tear across worlds of fun and excitement. They face the jurassic clutches of a toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, and then a very real boy with very real scissors threatens to snip their adventure short…

Adapted from the acclaimed book by Julia Donaldson, this magical tale is brought to life through puppetry and music.

Age guidance:

The Paper Dolls is aimed at ages 3 – 8. It brings to life the imaginative world of a little girl and the paper dolls we see her make. They have adventures where they are chased by a tiger and a crocodile but the scenes are playful and they always win out. For older children and adults, there are themes of memory and loss in the final scenes, but these are sensitively presented.

View diary & book tickets

£14 Full-price Adults
£12 Children (age 1 – 15) and Concessions
All tickets £5 at 5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays

Running Time: 45 mins approx


School Bookings
Call box office on 020 7226 1787 to make a school booking.

Tickets for school groups are £6.50 per person (weekdays only).

Relaxed Performances:
Sunday 22 March, 3.30pm

Call the box office on 020 7226 1787 to book for a Relaxed Performance.
Call the box office to enquire about booking a weekday Relaxed Performance for a school.

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The visual story for The Paper Dolls is available here.

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Adapted and directed by Peter Glanville
Set and puppets designed by Lyndie Wright
Music composed by Julian Butler
Lighting designed by David Duffy
Set built by Paula Hopkins and Dan Rainsford at Polka Theatre
Performed by Jane Crawshaw and Andrea Sadler

This play is based on the original book The Paper Dolls written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books © 2013.