The Little Prince in the Coliseum

Lionel Zalachas as The Little Prince. Image: Prudence Upton

The internationally acclaimed production of The Little Prince is coming to Sydney direct from Paris in January for a strictly limited season. 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s charming story of a young prince’s journey through the universe is retold through dance, music, acrobatics and state-of-the-art visual projections, making this a sumptuously sensory way to experience the tale. 

Published in 1943, The Little Prince was initially banned in Saint-Exupéry’s home country, France, because it jarred against the fascist ideology of the government at the time. That didn’t prevent it being a world-wide success, translated into over 300 languages and selling, to date, around 140 million copies.

“Celebration” from The Little Prince. Image: Prudence Upton

Though it’s considered a children’s book, the story explores themes of love, isolation, vanity, greed, mortality – basically, human nature. A narrator tells the episodic adventures of the Little Prince, who travels to different planets and meets various diverse characters. It’s a story that virtually lifts itself off the pages, and has indeed been interpreted in animation, opera, theatre, film, song, and dance. 

This production features a libretto by Chris Mouron that is faithful to the original story while allowing a grander retelling. Terry Truck’s cinematic music captures the spirit of flight and discovery as well as the nuance of a range of emotional epiphanies. Choreographer, Anne Tournié blends classical and contemporary dance which is augmented with stunning acrobatics, creating a milieu of energy and wonder. Peggy Housset’s costumes are just a delight. 

“The Ballet of the Roses” from The Little Prince. Image: Prudence Upton
“The Lamplighter” from The Little Prince. Image: Prudence Upton

The international cast comes to Sydney following emphatic accolades in Europe. After the Sydney season the same show will go on to Broadway, New York.

The sensational cast includes Lionel Zalachas as The Little Prince, Aurélien Bednarek as The Aviator, Chris Mouron as The Narrator, Laurisse Sulty as The Rose, Adrien Picaut as The Businessman, Antony Cesar as The Vain Man, Marie Manuge as The Drunkard, Marcin Janiak as The Lamplighter, Srilata Ray as The Serpent, and Dylan Barone as The Fox.

The Little Prince, a stunning production direct from Paris. Video: YouTube/Aussietheatre

This gorgeous theatrical experience is not to be missed. 

The Little Prince plays at Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ, 33 Railway St, Rooty Hill, from Saturday 1 January – Sunday 23 January 2022. For tickets and further information visit: www.thelittleprincetour.com.au

Rita Bratovich is the arts and entertainment editor for the Sydney Sentinel.