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In a Pickle

An Oily Cart production commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, first performed as part of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012.

This is total theatre experience for children aged 3 to 5, their families and friends inspired by The Winter’s Tale. Our young audience join us on a voyage of discovery through the landscapes of Shakespeare's imagination and the music of his language.

The story begins when the Shepherdess and her flock of sheep have a party to celebrate the sheep shearing. When they come across a lost baby, they have no idea what to do. But surely the children can help. Following clues we will sail the salty sea to the mysterious royal court in search of a happy ending. There are many sensory delights including beautiful costumes, enchanting live music, lovely perfumes and delightful textures along the way.


Another lovely show from the loveliest of companies, one that has remained at the forefront of British theatre for over three decades.

The Guardian ****

This is a lovingly lavish production which could just produce a new generation of Shakespeare lovers.

The Journal

The combination of storytelling, dressing up, dance and puppetry was simple, clever and inventive, the harmonious performance style making it far more than the sum of its parts. In A Pickle is theatre at its playful best: destined to create strong, dreamlike memories of Shakespeare’s landscapes in the young audience - something older fans could love too.

What's on Stage *****

Picture by Gina Print, courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company