New British musical The Little Prince releases EP and short film

New British musical The Little Prince has released a six-song EP and short film.

Metta Theatre has announced a 6 track EP of songs from the show, which was written and recorded entirely through lockdown. You can stream and download the album from today through Spotify and other digital platforms.

The album has also been spun into a short film retelling Antoine De Saint Exupery’s much loved story through the medium of shadow puppetry, in association with Little Angel Theatre, available to watch on YouTube here.

A WW2 pilot has crashed in the middle of the Sahara. If she doesn’t find water soon she’ll die. But instead of water she finds a mysterious child – the Little Prince whose imaginative adventures and tales of far off planets quench a deeper thirst.

The piece iswritten and directed by Metta Theatre Artistic Director P Burton-Morgan, with Candida Caldicot as Composer and Musical Director, Will Reynolds as Film-maker with Mixing and Mastering by Simon Small and Puppetry Design by Su Owens.

The film and album stars Rosalind Ford as ‘The Pilot’, Josh Barnett as ‘The Prince’ and Anna-Marie Piazza as ‘The Snake/Fox/Rose’. Candida Caldicot plays keys, Clare Taylor on Violin and Maddie Cutter on cello.

P Burton-Morgan, who in 2020 won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for musical theatre book writing for In the Willows said today: “The eventual live production will be a full-length musical but it’s been a joy reimagining it as a short puppetry film.

“The tenderness of Candida’s magical score and Su’s delightful puppets, coupled with the poignancy of the original story, really speak to the profound sense of loss we’re all navigating our way through right now and how ultimately we can all find solace in the power of the imagination.”

Samantha Lane from Little Angel Theatre added: “I’m delighted that Little Angel is collaborating with Metta Theatre again. They are such an exciting and inspirational company – and it is in fantastic to share The Little Prince as part of our digital programme, Watch, Make and Share.”

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Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.