By Luke Bateman and Michael Conley

Inspired by Vice in its Proper Shape, this brand new macabre musical for adults and children alike draws inspiration from an 18th century cautionary tale. It tells the story of a child who stumbles upon a magical menagerie where naughty children’s souls have been transformed into the animals they most resembled in life. Meanwhile the menagerie’s proprietor, a mysterious man in black, tasks the child to choose one animal to set free. Can the child who never thought about anyone else learn to put others’ needs before their own? A dark and imaginatively comic piece which incorporates innovative puppetry in its storytelling.

There will be a work-in-progress production of THE LITTLE BEASTS in July 14 – 29 in partnership with The OTHER PALACE. Click on the tab above for more information and to book tickets from just £7.50!

THE LITTLE BEASTS by Luke Bateman and Michael Conley will take place as a work-in-progress production this JULY 14 – 29 at The Other Palace. See our news blogs for more video footage and info.

TICKETS ONLY £7.50 to £12.50!


Sebastien Torkia, Laura Baldwin, Nina Bell, Seyi Omooba, Ellie-Jane Goddard, Oliver Evans & Tyler Fagan

The show was selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber as part of his new Work In Progress initiative, dedicated to developing new British musicals. These shows are presented with minimal props, set and costume so they can be rewritten and changed throughout the run based on your feedback.

Be part of the first audience to see this brand new musical and help in its development of the show by offering feedback and opinion to the creative team. See the show change over three weeks of public performances and witness the magic of the creative process!


Director: Jamie Hinde
Puppet Design and Direction: Nick Barnes
Musical Supervisor: Paul Herbert
Orchestrations: Paul Herbert
Musical Director: Brady Mould
Movement / Choreography: Emily Holt
Assistant Director: Grace Taylor
Company Stage Manager: Zachary Holton
Sound Design: Stuart Gardener
Lighting Design: Matt Haskins
Set Design: Michael Conley
Marketing, Advertising and Promotions: Boom Ents (

For Perfect Pitch: Andy Barnes (Producer), Wendy Barnes (Producer), Josh Bird (Assistant Producer)

For The Other Palace: Paul Taylor-Mills (Artistic Director), Danni Powell (General Manager), Elin Joseph (Marketing Manager), Rebecca Snape (Programming and Business Development Manager), Nick Butler (Technical Manager)

Band: Brady Mould (Keys), Nick Allen (Cello), Alice Angliss (Percussion), Ellie-Jane Goddard (Violin & Saxophone), Emma Mackinder (Reeds)

Puppets made by: Nick Barnes, Stephanie Elgersma, Megan Hambler, Maia Kirkman-Richards, Arna Maria Kristjansdottir, Oli Simonon, Ivan Thorley.


Photos taken from the 2017 “Work In Progress” Production at The Other Palace

  • STATUS OF SHOW Working towards public workshop performance July 2017
  • CAST SIZE 7 (Including puppetry)