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Sammy and the Beanstalk

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a new urban fairy tale

Words by Robin Norton-Hale

Music by Rosabella Gregory

Eight-year-old Sammy and her dad used to have lots of fun together, making up stories and mixing potions in their kitchen.  But something outside is scaring Dad and he doesn't have the energy to play anymore. As Sammy ticks off the days until her mum gets home, Dad becomes more withdrawn and a mysterious vine starts tapping at their windows. What does it want? And is there anything Sammy can do to help Dad be brave once more?

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose presents their fun and spooky, contemporary urban fairy tale, which draws inspiration from classic winter tales, both cosy and gothic, as well as opera, theatre and film to create a thrilling story-telling experience, in a wonderfully intimate setting.

Sammy and the Beanstalk is aimed at children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.

Tickets are £5 and it is free to access for schools and those on low incomes.*


Once you've booked...

You will receive a confirmation email and e-ticket with information on how to access the performance. By purchasing your ticket, you have unlimited access to this online event anytime until Monday 22 February - you choose a time to suit you!  

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*We know this has been a particularly tough year for many people, and we want everyone to have a bit of music and magic in their lives. If you would like to watch Sammy and the Beanstalk but cannot pay for a ticket, email and we will send you a link.

Duration: 30mins with no interval


Robin Norton-Hale


Rosabella Gregory


Sammy – Abigail Kelly

Dad – Tom Stoddart


Writer & Director - Robin Norton-Hale

Composer – Rosabella Gregory

Designer - Anna Bruder

Lighting Designer - Joe Price

Filmmaker - Yuan Hu

Book Tickets

 Available to Stream 

Until Mon 22 February


£5 ticket (single viewer)

£20 Family ticket

Will more than one member of your family be watching this performance? There’s nothing to stop you buying one ticket and doing just that. However, if you love theatre, and are feeling extra supportive, please consider buying a family ticket for multiple viewers, if you are able to.

  • It’s a really gorgeous piece of work, which will almost certainly resonate for anyone who has struggled during the pandemic.
    The Family Stage
  • A thought-provoking piece of theatre which will genuinely speak to both adults and children of the audience.
    The Family Stage
  • As well as being an entertaining show, it could also prove to be a valuable means of starting a conversation with children about their fears and feelings, as well as a powerful reminder to many adults that they are not alone.”
    The Family Stage

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