A new musical comes to the National Theatre this autumn, with music by Tori Amos. The Light Princess is a dark fairytale about grief, rebellion and the power of love.
Once, in opposing kingdoms there lived a princess and a prince who had lost their mothers. Althea, unable to cry, became light with grief and floated, and so was locked away. Digby became so heavy-hearted that he could never smile, and so was trained as a warrior.
One day, Digby declares war. Althea is forced out of hiding and down to ground but, in defiance of her father, she escapes, only to encounter the solemn prince on contested land. Beside a lake, the warring heirs begin a passionate and illicit affair. But for Althea to find real love, she must first confront the world's darkness and face her own deepest fears.
The Light Princess brings together singer-songwriter Tori Amos with playwright Samuel Adamson and director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) in this spectacular coming-of-age story.
- Marianne Elliott