In the upcoming revival of classic Broadway fairytale Once Upon a Mattress, Beth Burrows stars as Princess Winnifred. It's a role that's famously been played by American comedy legend Carol Burnett, Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker and Hollywood's Zooey Deschanel. Watch them in action!
Once Upon a Mattress - the musical comedy about "love, lechery and a legume" adapted from Hans Christian Andersen‘s 19th-century short story The Princess and The Pea - has a limited four-week season at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate, north London this March.
Many moons ago, in a far-off place, begins a magical musical comedy journey into the world of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story of the princess and the pea. But this isn’t your usual fairy tale, and Princess Winifred isn’t your usual fairy-tale princess.
The kingdom in which she seeks her prince seethes with a very adult problem, which won’t end until a very stubborn Queen Aggravain allows her son to marry. Alas, he is his mother’s prince, and is any princess really good enough?
Once Upon a Mattress premiered on Broadway in 1959, when it starred Carol Burnett and was nominated for a Tony Award. It was revived in 1996 starring Sarah Jessica Parker. The musical has a score by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and a book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer.
Once Upon a Mattress runs from 5 to 29 March 2020 at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 4BD, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 4pm, Saturday matinee 28 March at 3pm. Tickets are priced £10-£20. Phone 020 8340 3488 or CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE!
1. Carol Burnett on Broadway (1959)
2. Carol Burnett reprising her stage performance for a TV special (1972)
3. Sarah Jessica Parker at the Tony Awards (1997)
4. Zooey Deschanel in the Disney film (2005)
The film starred Matthew Morrison as the prince and, returning to the material again, Carol Burnett, this time as the prince's mother, Queen Aggravain.