A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings – The Reviews


Below you will find reviews for our latest production here at Little Angel Theatre our production in association with Kneehigh, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings. Find out more about the production on our website.

This blog will be updated as more reviews come in. Last updated 13th Dec.

***** Five Stars, The Times
***** Five Stars, WhatsOnStage
**** Four Stars, The Guardian
**** Four Stars, Time Out
**** Four Stars, ThePublicReviews
**** Four Stars, Exeunt Magazine
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Now look, children, don’t go getting the idea that stage shows are always this good. Last week it was the prodigiously inventive Matilda the Musical in the West End. And now, this strange, home-made yet entirely entrancing fable for ages six and up… this is a miracle of a show. In its small but perfectly formed way it is as memorable as anything I’ve seen this year.” Dominic Maxwell, The Times

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…a dizzyingly creative combination that delivers a show so rich and fulsome it’s hard to believe it takes place on this small stage… Bursting with visual inventiveness and performed with exquisite skill, this is a fitting end to a triumphant 50th anniversary year for the Little Angel.” Nuala Calvi, The Stage

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Mike Shepherd’s show is dark and dreamy… Designer Lyndie Wright has surpassed herself: her central creation, suffering gauntly in a loincloth, would grace a medieval church… Marquez’s village looks great in Kneehigh’s folky Cornish setting, where miracles come with a large pinch of salt. Beg, borrow or steal a child – and enjoy it for yourself.” Caroline McGinn, Time Out

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Gabriel García Márquez’s story provides rich source material for this collaboration between the Little Angel puppet theatre and the Kneehigh company. It is a quietly charming and visually ravishing affair that plays cleverly with size and perspective. It tells a story that taps into both the best and worst aspects of human nature, discovering beauty amid ugliness, a child’s generosity amid adult greed. And it’s worth the price of admission for the final glorious image alone.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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if the word ‘puppets’ for you encourages scary memories of seaside trips and Punch and Judy shows, banish them immediately. This is that mythical beast that few outside of Disney’s Pixar studios know how to create: a show that will enthral both children and the child inside each adult alike.” Laura Tosney, WhatsOnStage.com

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“The story is funny and the visuals a delight, but the play has a depth that adults will appreciate. Themes of greed and death, and of the ill treatment of aliens, create an atmosphere that is unnerving as well as enchanting. This isn’t a show that treats little ones with kid gloves. The handiwork of the ever brilliant Kneehigh, the script, the puppets and puppetry are all top notch. One of the best puppet shows we’ve seen this year.” Helen Babbs, Londonist
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…Little Angel Theatre and Kneehigh have achieved that ideal formula for family entertainment: plenty of visual stimulation and jokes to keep the little ones happy, combined with underlying and universal adult themes. Leaving cynicism at the door, this 50th anniversary celebration is an hour and a half of pure magic.” Catherine Love, ThePublicReviews.com

“These fine visual touches are augmented by Ian Ross’s atmospheric soundtrack, alternately uplifting and mournful. It all adds up to the rarest of beasts: a resolutely grown-up show that throbs with a magical, childlike innocence.” Miriam Gillinson, Ham & High

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Read The Reviews:

The Stage
Time Out
The Guardian
WhatsOnStage
The Londonist
ThePublicReviews
BritishTheatreGuide
Ham & High

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One thought on “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings – The Reviews

  1. All this and after such a successful SUSPENSE FESTIVAL – you lot just rock!
    Huge best & well done from NenAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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