About the showThe Arts Theatre in London’s West End hosts Stig of the Dump for a London run following its hugely successful UK tour. The show is a quick-paced engaging show full of exciting tales, brilliant songs and innovative puppetry and movement, as well as giving young ones plenty of chances to take part themselves.
Written by the award winning playwright Mike Kenny, and directed by the Olivier Award nominee Luke Sheppard, this new production by London Contemporary Theatre is a ground-breaking new adaptation of Stig of the Dump that has become much loved throughout the UK.
The show tells the story of the caveman, Stig, with dark bushy hair and sparkling black eyes, who calls a rubbish pit in an abandoned chalk quarry hid home. When a young boy called Barney stumbles upon Stig, when falling from the abandoned chalk pit straight into his hidden home, they soon form an inseparable bond. This friendship takes them on many adventures, occasionally even getting them in trouble, especially as no one will believe that Stig actually exists.
Originally published in 1963, Stig of the Dump was written by Clive King and quickly became one of the most loved children’s books of the 20th century. The charming story has kept many generations entertained and enthralled, evening generating multiple TV adaptations. With this exciting new production, London Contemporary Theatre help take the classic tale to new grounds.
Following a UK Tour, for the London run at the Arts Theatre, the cast is led by the actor, TV presenter and musician Katy Ashworth, playing the role of Grandma. She is well known to many children and parents throughout the UK for her roles on the Cbeebies TV channel as well as her work in various children’s theatre and stage productions. With her infectious warmth and engaging personality, she is the perfect addition to this exciting new production. She is joined by William Pennington returning to the role of Barney following the UK tour, with Stig himself being created by a blend of ingenious puppetry and movement.
Stig of the Dump is the perfect family theatre outing for families, with shows being designed for children aged 4 and up. The show is currently running throughout summer at the Arts Theatre, with the show having opened on 19th July 2016 and running through to its last performance on 26th August 2016.