There May Be a Castle

Based on the book by Piers Torday

A Little Angel Theatre production

With thanks to Child Bereavement UK for their invaluable guidance.

13 November 2021 – 23 January 2022
See diary for performance times

Location: Theatre

On a frozen Christmas eve, Mouse Mallory and family are on their way across the snow-white valley to their grandpa’s house.  But they never arrive.   

Instead, Mouse makes friends with a dinosaur that can change size, a glamorous, but sarcastic horse, and a tone-deaf minstrel who never stops singing!   Together, they embark upon an extraordinary quest in search of a castle – but will they find it before the dangerous pink knight catches up with them?   

This remarkable story about love, loss and the power of the imagination, from award-winning writer Piers Torday, is adapted into a musical puppetry production by the creators of Little Angel Theatre’s The Singing Mermaid, The Smartest Giant in Town and The Pixie and the Pudding

Praise for the book: 

“Original, ingenious and bold … I am still reeling.” – The Sunday Times

“an outstanding book and a future classic” – The School Librarian

There May be a Castle is aimed at ages 7-11. Although exciting and uplifting, and very much about the power of love, it does deal with death. When the family car crashes, Mouse is transported into a fantasy world as he walks through the snow to find help, while his big sister, trapped in the car, remains in the ‘real world’ imagining she is a pirate to help her survive the cold. Younger children could find this confusing. Although he saves his family, Mouse does not survive. This is treated in a very sensitive way, with Mouse re-joining his fantasy family.

With thanks to Child Bereavement UK for their invaluable guidance.

Child Bereavement UK helps children and young people (up to the age of 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. The charity also provides training to professionals, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families. 

For support, information and guidance call Child Bereavement UK’s Helpline on 0800 02 888 40, 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

View diary & book tickets

Or call Box Office to book on 020 7226 1787 (Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm).

£14 adults
£12 children (ages 1-17)
All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

Find out more about our Puppets for All scheme, which offers free tickets to families who would otherwise be unable to visit our theatre.

Running Time: One hour 30 minutes, including a 15 minute interval

School Bookings
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Tickets for school groups are £6.50 per person (weekdays before 3pm, during Islington term time only).

Download our information for undertaking a risk assessment for school visits here.

Relaxed Performances:
Saturday 15 January 2022, 4pm

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.

What is a Relaxed Performance? Find out more here.

The visual story for There May Be a Castle will be available soon.

What is a visual story? Find out more here.


Based on the book by Piers Torday
Adapted by Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane
Directed by Samantha Lane
Music and lyrics by Barb Jungr
Puppets designed by Judith Hope
Set and costumes designed by Ellie Mills
Lighting designed by Sherry Coenen

Performed by Kat Johns Burk, Ruth Calkin, Georgia-Mae Mayers, Stacey Read and Gilbert Taylor

Stage Managed by Adam Lovelock

Image copyright © Rob Biddulph 2016. 

With thanks to Child Bereavement UK for their invaluable guidance.

Safety Information

Despite changing government restrictions, we will still have additional measures in place to keep our staff, performers and families safe:

  • Our staff will be allocating seating in advance, and you won’t be able to choose where you sit. If you need a specific seat, e.g. on an aisle, please let us know in advance by emailing
  • Staff and cast will be tested regularly for COVID-19.
  • All members of Little Angel Theatre staff will be wearing face coverings. All adults will be encouraged to wear a face covering.
  • We will be checking temperatures of all attendees on arrival. If someone in your group has a temperature you will be asked to return home and exchange your tickets for another date. If you have an underlying condition which causes you to have a high temperature please bring a doctor’s note with you.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available.
  • We will be airing the performance area in between shows.
  • There will be regular cleaning of the performance space and toilets.
  • We have increased our usher to patron ratio to ensure we keep you safe.
  • We will be selling merchandise and refreshments but we will be taking card payment only.

Thanks to R&B Health and Safety Solutions for their consultancy and support.