Roll up for Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather!

Over the last couple of years, we have been working to build our family offering at both Town Hall & Symphony Hall. Recent productions include adaptations of best-selling children’s books The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Mr Big Plays Jazz. Following on from the success of these, we are now bringing a show for older children to Birmingham, and this Easter an adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling Hetty Feather rolls in to town…

This brand-new adaptation tells the story of Victorian foundling child, Hetty Feather – recently voted Jacqueline Wilson fans favourite character. Hetty Feather opened at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, earlier this month. Abi from our Communications team went along to get a sneak-peek at the show before it arrives in Birmingham, and was blown away by the circus skills that form a central part of the play…

I’ve always loved Jacqueline Wilson’s books, so was really excited to get to see Hetty Feather before it arrived at Town Hall. The small cast manage to convey a large range of characters and settings – the play being set in, amongst other places, a forest, a hospital and a circus ring.

The circus aspect of the show was by far my favourite part, and the acrobatic skills of the cast need to be seen to be believed. Although I’m a (large) number of years above the recommended age range, I found myself gripped by Hetty’s story from start to finish, and can’t wait to see the show again when it gets to Birmingham!

Abi, THSH Communications

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Dominic Maxwell, The Times

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“This transformation of Jacqueline Wilson’s children’s book is a real treat. And not just for ardent, existing fans: we’re all won over by Hetty Feather, a hot-tempered but good-hearted Victorian orphan.”

Holly Williams, The Independent

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“This show had everything – laughter, tragedy, pathos, fear and fun in ample proportions.”


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Essential Surrey

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Photo Helen Maybanks

Hetty Feather will be at Town Hall from Tuesday 22 – Sunday 27 April. For more information, including performance times, and to buy tickets visitour show page.