Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather to be performed in West Country theatre

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 December 2017

Phoebe Thomas as Hetty Feather. Picture: Helen Murray

Phoebe Thomas as Hetty Feather. Picture: Helen Murray

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An international best-selling author will see one of her popular stories retold in her home town in the new year.

Phoebe Thomas as Hetty Feather. Picture: Helen MurrayPhoebe Thomas as Hetty Feather. Picture: Helen Murray

The Olivier Award-nominated West End production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather is set to visit Bath in January.

Join Hetty on her escape from the Foundling Hospital where she must face the terrifying Matron Stinking Bottomly, her adventures at the squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus.

The tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought to life on stage by director Sally Cookson and playwright Emma Reeves, who also adapted the Tracy Beaker series for television.

Many children in the world have experienced childhoods similar to Hetty Feather’s, growing up in the hospital.

Wilson was doing some charity work for the Coram Society, who worked closely with London’s Foundling Museum, when they suggested she should write a book about a Victorian Foundling.

Hetty Feather sprang to Wilson’s mind with her story starting at the hospital and set in London in 1876. The hospital was founded in 1741 as the first home for abandoned children.

The story is the first in a series of books which includes Sapphire Battersea, Emerald Star, Diamond and Little Stars.

The series has been hugely successful, not just in the UK but also internationally, being adapted as a 10-part television series on CBBC.

The stage production will have the audience on the edge of their seats with gravity-defying circus skills and aerial artistry and original songs and live music will hope to get people dancing and singing along.

Wilson, who was born in Bath, is one of Britain’s most popular authors, having sold more than 40 millions books in the UK alone.

She has created some of the most lovable and memorable characters in modern literature and has now published more than 100 different stories which are cherished by young readers across the globe.

She was presented with an 
OBE in 2002 and became a dame in 2008 for her services to literacy in schools.

Hetty Feather will be at the Theatre Royal Bath, in Sawclose, from January 9-13 at various times.

Tickets, priced £15-24.50, are available from www.theatreroyal.org.uk or from the box office on 01225 448844.

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