Sally Cookson Directs Hetty Feather at the Duke of Yorks Theatre
Stage Adaptation of the Jacqueline Wilson Book Returns to the West End in August 2015
Last summer, audiences at the Vaudeville Theatre witnessed an adaptation of the popular book by Jacqueline Wilson as Hetty Feather took to the stage from the summer. It proved to be a big success, not only winning over crowds of audiences, but also winning over critics as well (taking into account its nominations for this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards).
So when the show ended its run in September it was inevitable that audiences had not seen the last of the production, and with that in mind it is no surprise that the hit family show will return to the West End this year, this time at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
In Hetty Feather we are taken back to the London of the 19th century and we explore this Victorian setting through the title character’s eyes (Phoebe Thomas), a girl who has been left behind by her mother and grows up at a famous educational children’s home for the abandoned – the Foundling Hospital. As she grows up we follow her as she lives in the hospital, spends time with a foster family and begins her education. Ultimately, however, she wishes to discover the identity of her real mother.
Sally Cookson, as director, returns to the capital where she has been behind various productions such as We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at the Lyric Theatre. She has also worked as an actor in a range of productions, which have seen her perform in some prestigious locations such as the National Theatre on South Bank.
With Hetty Feather she tackles something that has clearly struck a chord with younger theatregoers. This is thanks not only to her but for author Jacqueline Wilson, who is highly regarded and has published various books, including sequels to this story. Her name continues to flourish in popularity and her work earned her the title of Children’s Laureate from 2005 to 2007.
Hetty Feather is one of the shows following Hay Fever at the venue when the latter closes in August. Younger theatregoers will have the chance to see the production from Thursday 6th August 2015.