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John Trindle and Jonathan Dryden Taylor - The Hartlepool Monkey

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

JOHN TRINDLE and JONATHAN DRYDEN TAYLOR open in THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY at Stratford Circus Arts Centre and then go on to tour the UK.

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An adventure story for sea dogs and landlubbers, children and adults alike.

A French ship runs aground off the coast of England. Only a cabin girl and the ship’s mascot, a chimpanzee, survive and make it to shore. But the townsfolk mistake the monkey, in its military uniform, for a spy, and condemn him to a life-or-death trial. What will the verdict be – and can the local children save the day? 

The legend of The Hartlepool Monkey has survived the test of time, capturing the imagination of people of all ages for over 200 years, and landing here, on the shores of the 21st century, more relevant than ever.  A boisterous crew tell this timely tale through spirited sea shanties and mischievous puppetry from Gyre & Gimble, original puppeteers on War Horse and the team behind Running Wild.

Founded by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, Gyre & Gimble places puppetry at the heart of storytelling. They create compelling characters that lead audiences through fantastical, improbable stories. Recent collaborations include Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild at Chichester Festival Theatre/Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and Dr Seuss's The Lorax at the Old Vic.