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Crumple's Christmas Adventure

An Oxford Playhouse production

Tickets from £9.50

An illustration of an origami character skating, surrounded by red and gold paper trees. A paper owl flies above.

Unwrapped, scrumpled and thrown away... Crumple’s Christmas adventure begins! Shaping up into a wrapping paper figure he sets off on a quest to find the forest where he belongs. With your help, he discovers snow and trees, and makes new friends along the way. Changing form and having fun, Crumple becomes a star in his home and the world at large...

Crumple’s Christmas Adventure, with live music is written by Tarek Merchant (Musical Director, 101 Dalmatians, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre; Hex, National Theatre) and directed by Katy Costigan (Huddle, Unicorn Theatre, Kaleidoscope, and Stella, Filskit Theatre)

Rehearsal photography by Geraint Lewis

Cast & Creatives


Peter Pearson (he/him) as Lumberjack and Puppeteer
Charlotte Grayson (she/her) as Lumberjack and Violinist
Elizabeth Dobson (she/they) - Paper play and Understudy


Written and composed by Tarek Merchant
Directed by Katy Costigan

Sound Design: Faz Kemp
Designer: Amelia Bird
Puppet Maker: Annie Brooks
Stage Manager: Hannah Gallardo-Parsons (they/them)

For Oxford Playhouse:

Lighting: Ashley Bale (he/him)
Studio Manager: Robert Bristow (he/him)
Producer: Sarah Weatherall (she/her)