Arcola Queer Collective

The Little Prince

Nick Connaughton, after Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Directed by: Rubyyy Jones and Nick Connaughton

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“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, / They are felt with the heart”

A pilot crashes his plane in the Sahara Desert, and meets a young prince from a distant asteroid. This little prince has travelled the universe, and theirs is a tale of wonder, friendship and loss. After a life among the stars, one might want for nothing. But the little prince needs one thing more…

Arcola Queer Collective are back with a unique take on one of the most universally-cherished books of all time. This poignant re-imagining of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic speaks to the castaway in all of us: challenging our perspectives, opening our eyes and bringing us back to what truly matters.

Each performance of The Little Prince will begin with the world premiere staging of one of six new short plays, inspired by the production and written by members of the Collective.

Praise for previous Arcola Queer Collective productions:

★★★★★ “Surely the most inventive, outrageous, and thoroughly enjoyable bending of the Bard that we’ve witnessed … An ingenious blending of classical theatre with burlesque, cabaret and queer politics … Do yourself a favour and run away with the fairies.”
Gay Times

★★★★★ “Empowering, heartbreaking … integrity, humour and a gleam that words simply cannot explain.”

★★★★ “The queer battlecry of reinvention and inversion was clear…. You could almost feel Shakespeare Vogueing in his grave…”EQ View


Curtain Raiser – Readings of New Short Plays Inspired by The Little Prince

8 February – They Sat There and Talked by Damien Hughes
Directed by Ross Crosby. Performed by Tamir Pettet and Travis Alabanza.

9 February – And Where There Once Were Two by Alexis Gregory
Directed by Lynette Linton. Performed by Alexis Gregory and Rubyyy Jones.

10 February – Perfume and Stale Cigarettes by Lydia Cawson
Directed by Claire O’Flaherty. Performed by Bex Large.

11 February – Handle With Care by Phil Rhys Thomas
Directed by Amy Stratton.

13 February – Claire by Bex Large
Directed by Ross Crosby. Performed by Sheena Anyanwu.


All readings begin at 8pm as a curtain raiser for that evenings performance of The Little Prince. The reading is included in the ticket price.

Part of the What Makes An Artist? season.