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The Princess and the Pea

Upswing, Unicorn Theatre and New Vic Theatre
from London and Newcastle-under-Lyme, England

October 23 – 24, 2024
Recommended Grades
Grades K – 3
Students: $2
Chaperones: $5
What Kind of Show?
Physical theater; playful and athletic
Running Time
60 minutes with no intermission
The New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

School-time tickets may only be booked by Partner organizations.

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Sensory-Friendly Performance

About the Show

Tumble, toss and turn the page in this nimble twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless tale. Disheveled from a rainstorm and forced to prove herself to her faithful servants, a pampered princess learns a lesson in humility—with the help of one pesky pea! A marvel of mattress-springing acrobatics and physical comedy, The Princess and the Pea leaps to life with queen-sized charm and nary a word.

A buoyant, comical clowning adventure

The Stage

Things to Know

  1. Told through an accessible combination of acrobatics and slapstick, this physical theater piece contains only two words—”princess” and “pea!”
  2. Rather than needing to prove herself worthy of marriage, this reimagining of The Princess and the Pea is a simple case of mistaken identity.
  3. While this is Upswing’s first time on the New Victory stage, Unicorn Theatre was most recently here with I Wish in 2024, and Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre journeyed here with Around the World in 80 Days in 2019.

About the Artists

A multi-award-winning circus company, Upswing uses the human body as an expressive tool to push the boundaries of what circus arts can be. They celebrate diverse artists and empower them to tell stories about the human experience that spark curiosity in their audiences.

The leading children’s producing theater in the UK, Unicorn Theatre welcomes over 60,000 family and school audience members every year to its venue in central London, delivering on its mission to transform young lives through theater.

Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre (no relation!) makes distinctive theater in-the-round and acts as a force for positive change in their corner of England. With several international tours under their belts, their influence extends beyond Britain and throughout the world.


Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou
Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou
Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou
Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou
Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou

Creative Team

Vicki Dela Amedume and Theresa Heskins

Theresa Heskins

Laura McEwen

Lighting Designer
Joshie Harriette

Tayo Akinbode

Sound Designer
Alex Day

Assistant Choreographer
Nathan Johnston


For every performance at the New Victory Theater…

  • You can request to borrow supports like fidgets, earplugs, assisted listening devices, wheelchairs and more.
  • Our quiet Cozy Zone and a live feed of the performance are available in the lower lobby at all times for those with sensory sensitivities or anyone who needs a break from the theater.
  • Wheelchair-accessible seats and Companion seat tickets are available (see more details when buying tickets).

Get additional accessibility details, and prepare for your visit with our New Victory Social Narrative.

Curriculum & Trip Planning