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The Hartlepool Monkey

The Hartlepool Monkey

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Tickets: from £10 (Limited availability so book early!)

Gyre and Gimble presented by Fuel Theatre in association with Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Written by Carl Grose

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, is more relevant than ever as a rioutous celebration of mankind's grappling with prejudice. 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.

A cautionary tale for adults and older children, families and schools. 

Images of the fabulous monkey puppet in rehearsals for the show

Running time: 1hr 20 mins (no interval)

Recommended age: 10+

Post Show Discussion: Thu 12 Oct

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