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The Olivier-nominated theatre company Les Enfants Terribles and HOME Manchester will present the London premiere of their highly acclaimed co-production The House with Chicken Legs this Winter with a Christmas holiday run at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The show will run from 13th-30th December – with a special, designated school performance on Thursday 14th December matinee (1pm).

About The House With Chicken Legs

Bringing Sophie Anderson’s best-selling novel to life, this critically acclaimed show transports audiences to a world inspired by Baba Yaga through live music, intricate puppetry and projection.

The story follows Marinka, a young girl who dreams of a normal life, where she can stay somewhere long enough to make friends; but there’s one problem – her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. The show is funny, thought-provoking and full of life as it deftly navigates the complexities of loss from a whole new perspective.

The cast of The House with Chicken Legs is Eve de Leon Allen as Marinka, Lisa Howard as Baba, Dan Willis as Jackdaw, Michael Barker as Ben, Elouise Warboys as Nina and Stephanie Levi-John as Yaga, all of whom currently star in the production’s Autumn tour.

Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs, said: “I am utterly thrilled that The House with Chicken Legs will be enthralling and enchanting audiences at such a spectacular London venue. Les Enfants Terribles are a constellation of talent who have created something incredibly special. The show is bursting with breathtaking, heart-swelling, soul-expanding music and magic and will be the perfect treat for everyone to enjoy this festive season.”

What makes The House With Chicken Legs a great school trip

The House With Chicken Legs makes a perfect school trip for students of all ages from KS2 with links to Drama, English, PSHE and Wellbeing.

The performance particularly showcases:

  • Costume Design
  • Physical Theatre
  • Masks
  • Multi-rolling & Ensemble performance skills
  • Puppetry
  • Set Design (including AV projection)
  • Sound Design (including live music on-stage)
  • Storytelling

The production also includes themes of identity, loss/bereavement and relationships that you can explore with your students.

The show is also supported with educational workshops and a wide range of free teaching resources.

Find out more about their in-school workshops.

See their free teaching resources.

Les Enfants Terribles The House With Chicken Legs The School Trip Main Image 1 Jun 23

Photography by Rah Petherbridge

How to book your school trip to The House With Chicken Legs at Southbank Centre, London

Les Enfants Terribles’ The House With Chicken Legs is playing from 13th-30th December and has a designated schools performance on Thursday 14th December matinee (1pm).

Tickets are reduced to just £10 per student, plus you’ll get 1 free adult for every 10 students.

To book your school trip, email Southbank Centre’s box office hello@southbankcentre.co.uk or call them on 020 3879 9555.

Find out more information on Southbank Centre’s website.

Where else is The House With Chicken Legs playing?

The London run comes hot on the heels of an Autumn tour nationwide. You can also catch the show at:

Theatre Royal Plymouth 4-7 Oct 23

Aberystwyth Arts Centre 18-20 Oct 23

New Theatre Royal Portsmouth 2-3 Nov 23

Crescent Theatre Birmingham 7-10 Nov 23

Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple 14-18 Nov 23

All photography by Rah Petherbridge

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