The Peasant Prince

Prepare to be mesmerised as Monkey Baa’s multi award-winning production The Peasant Prince returns to the stage for a limited time.

Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas. Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry.

In a poor village in northern China, Li, a 10-year-old boy is taken away from everything he knows and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He is afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams.

Based on the children’s version of Li Cunxin’s internationally best-selling memoir, Mao’s Last Dancer, this remarkable story of courage, resilience, and unwavering hope, will ignite your dreams and inspire you to be the best person you can be.

This production contains themes of racism and simulated violence.

General Public: Suitable for ages 7 – 12 and their families.
Schools: Suitable for Years 2 – 6. 

Duration: 60 minutes (No interval plus a 10-minute Q&A following the weekday performance).

Accessible Performances: The performances on Saturday 11 May and Monday 13 May at 10am will be relaxed performances. A visual story will be available closer to the performance season to accompany it. The visual story will be available to download here closer to the performance season.


Make it a memorable day out and enhance your theatrical experience with our show and workshop package!

This special offer includes a ticket to a performance of The Peasant Prince at The Joan and a 1.5 hour interactive Chasing Your Dreams post-show drama workshop that will allow participants to bring their dreams to life as they create a unique character.

Please Note: You are welcome to wait for your children outside the room the workshop is taking place in. All children must be accompanied to the theatre to see the show by a parent/guardian 18+ with a valid Standard Ticket. Standard Tickets can be purchased for adults and any additional children not participating in the workshop at the time of purchasing a Show and Workshop Package.


Starts: 11 May 2024 - 10:00 AM
Ends: 11 May 2024 - 11:30 AM

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Penrith NSW 2750

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