Rat’s tale hits the stage

I Was A Rat'Nottingham Playhouse
I Was A Rat'Nottingham Playhouse

Philip Pullman’s gripping fairy tale story I Was A Rat is to be brought to the stage at Nottingham Playhouse later this month.

Adapted and directed by Teresa Ludovico, this English version by David Watsoncan be seen at Nottingham Playhouse from March 26-April 13.

It is a Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company production in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company, Ipswich New Wolsey and Teatro Kismet in Bari, where Teresa Ludovico is the artistic director.

Brought to life on stage for the first time in the UK, Philip Pullman’s story combines humour, fantasy, and adventure in this moving and darkly comic tale, that slowly reveals its connection to one of the most famous fairy tales of all time.

“I Was A Rat!” insists a scruffy page boy who turns up one evening on the doorstep of old married couple Bob and Joan. But what is he now?

A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers? A money-spinning fairground freak?

Or just an ordinary boy, though a little ratty in his habits?

Full of music, fantastic physical performances and unforgettable images, I Was A Rat! will surprise, delight and move audiences of all ages.

Leading the cast at Nottingham Playhouse as Roger is young actor Fox Jackson-Keen.

He made his debut on the professional stage in 2008 at the tender age of 13 in the lead role of Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical.

I Was A Rat is the latest offering in the theatre season at Nottingham Playhouse, and will be followed in the Main House by the European premiere of The Kite Runner, which can be seen from Friday, April 26-Saturday, May 11.

I Was A Rat! is recommended to those aged seven years and over.

Tickets to see it cost £13 for adults and £10 for children.Family tickets (for four) cost £40. Call the box office on 0115 9414919 for details.

Family Ticket £40 (4 tickets, max 2 adults)

Schools £9

Bargain Seats £8.50