From the novels by Zizou Corder
Adapted by Marcelo Dos Santos

Complicite presents a revival of its sell-out production

Don’t miss out on this imaginative family show just in time for the festive season! 

FOUR STARS ‘Spellbinding’ Financial Times

FOUR STARS ‘A wonderfully imaginative adventure Evening Standard

FOUR STARS‘It twinkles with a sense of magical possibility…liveliness, invention and effortless appeal’ The Times

FOUR STARS ‘A roaring success’ Mail on Sunday


Charlie Ashanti lives in a future where phones are powered by the sun, cars are banned and companies are more powerful than countries. Charlie is a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats.

So when his parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission – with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions.

Award-winning theatre company Complicite (The Master and Margarita; Shun-kin; A Disappearing Number) fuses storytelling, circus and live percussion in this gripping adventure inspired by Zizou Corder’s bestselling novels.

Suitable for everyone aged 8 and up. Please note this production contains strobe lighting.

Post-show book signing with Zizou Corder: Tuesday 23 December after the 2pm matinee performance

Post-show talk: Tuesday 23 December (7pm performance): Playwright Marcelo Dos Santos discusses his adaptation of the Lionboy novels.

Post-show Q&A: Wednesday 7 January, with the authors Zizou Corder aka Louisa Young and Isabel Adomakoh Young (included in ticket price).

Originally co-produced by Complicite, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse, Wales Millennium Centre and Warwick Arts Centre

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  1. joanne englishby Says:

    Fantastic, The performance and actors were sensational. We brought a group of students to see the show and they loved it. The play has inspired some of our students to read the books.

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Wed 17 Dec 2014 - Sat 10 Jan 2015

Running Time: 2 hours including interval

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Directed by: Clive Mendus and James Yeatman
Design: Jon Bausor
Co-Designer: Jean Chan
Original Lighting Designer: Tim Mascall
Lighting Designer (Revival): Christopher Nairne
Sound Designer: Tom Gibbons
Associate Sound Designer: Pete Malkin
Movement: Clive Mendus and Kasia Zaremba-Byrne
Based on the original concept and production by: Annabel Arden

Femi Elufowoju, jr;
Victoria Gould;
Martins Imhangbe;
Lisa Kerr;
Angel Lopez-Silva;
Eric Mallett;
Clive Mendus;
Dan Milne
and Stephen Hiscock (music and percussion).