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Go see: The Prince & The Pauper at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

After a Christmas theatre treat? You’ll love Trinity Theatre’s charming and hilarious adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic story this December.

THE LOWDOWN

Trinity’s Prince & The Pauper is a brilliant, funny and charming alternative to panto. PLUS it’s the first Christmas production under the new Artistic Director, Sean Turner helping to bring this engaging story to life with a brand-new original score and stellar cast of multi-talented actor-musicians.

Delve into History (horrible or not) and as King Henry VIII lays on his death bed, his son Edward is reluctant to face the trials of kingship whilst in Pudding Lane an impoverished Tom Canty dreams of a better life. A chance encounter between the two reveals that they look almost identical. Let the farce begin!

MUDDY VERDICT

I’ve been to a fair few pantos in my time. And they’re great if you want glitzy sets, full-fromage one-liners and big, bling pop songs.

But this year, while we still wanted a show that was fun for the family, I fancied something different. Something a bit more authentic and less contrived, if you like. So I was delighted with The Prince & The Pauper, which was just the tonic.

I went on Opening Night with my daughter and her friend (fourteen year olds – so critics at their peak). It was the first ever full run through, so the performance was not perfectly polished but oh so authentic and enjoyable as a result. Good old fashioned live theatre. No pop songs – but catchy tunes that you’ll love all the same. A cast that can act, sing and play several instruments. Plus, best of all a strong underlying message that’s very relevant for modern times.

THE DETAILS

Set in the beautiful Trinity Theatre, a converted Decimus Burton church in the centre of Tunbridge Wells – running from Weds 8 Dec til Sun 2 Jan (tickets are £18 for children and over 60s, £22 for full price adults).

This is festive family fun, full of laughter and adventure with a moral heart. It’s Christmas after all…

Go see, book your tickets now!

TREASURE HUNT FUN

Speaking of festive family fun… Who loves a mysterious treasure hunt? A Princely Scandal hits Tunbridge Wells – The Royal Seal Is Missing!

Trinity Theatre has set residents a Prince and the Pauper Treasure Hunt challenge… Celebrating a whole host of independent shops this winter, the local and much-loved community-minded theatre has partnered with local traders in a bid to showcase some of the best retailers the region has to offer.

Will you help find it and claim your reward? Keep your eyes peeled; could it be in a shop window or perhaps resting neatly on a bookshelf, maybe even tucked away in a castle?

With EIGHT seals hidden across 8 venues – and each one worth 4 tickets (can be 4 adults or a family) – just trade it in at the box office. We challenge the eagle-eyed amongst you to track it down, claim the glory and save Christmas!

Return the Royal Seal to the in-person box office to claim your bag of chocolatey gold and four tickets to Trinity’s Christmas Show The Prince and the Pauper. For more information Follow Trinity Socials (Instagram here or for Facebook here) for QR code release and clues to help you track the Royal Seal Journey.

Don’t want to leave it to chance? Then, book your tickets here!

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