The Children’s Touring Partnership is a producing partnership led by independent producer Fiery Angel and Chichester Festival Theatre and a consortium of major regional theatres. The Partnership seeks to tour imaginative and bold theatre of the highest quality, with a particular emphasis on producing work nationwide for children aged eight years and above. The Partnership links theatre to education through a variety of events, workshops and talks.
In 2011, the Partnership was awarded a grant from Arts Council England to tour a new stage adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s classic novel, Goodnight Mister Tom. The production toured for 14 weeks and was a success with both critics and audiences. Later in 2011, the Children’s Touring Partnership teamed up with the National Theatre to present Bristol Old Vic’s musical adaptation of Swallows and Amazons by Helen Edmundson and Neil Hannon. Swallows and Amazons opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and played a limited Christmas season prior to a 17-week UK-wide tour.
Most recently the Partnership has toured the premiere of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne in 2015.
In 2017 CTP will tour Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, beginning at Chichester Festival Theatre on 10 February 2017.
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Reviews for Running Wild
“A WINNER. The puppetry is exquisite, with full-sized animals manipulated so they seem to breathe with life. THE MAGIC REALLY HITS YOU."
“AUDACIOUS and IMAGINATIVE, stylishly directed and those puppets are things of never-ending beauty.”
“A CROWDPLEASER, mainly thanks to INSPIRING and ENERGETIC staging, namely some amazing puppet animals brought to beautifully articulated life”
“Perfect – a brilliant feat of nerve and humour”