The King of Tiny Things


One magical midsummer’s night two sisters huddle together, fearful of what the darkness holds, when a mysterious winged creature appears and leads them on a moonlit adventure. Together they rescue cabbage juggling slugs, contortionist caterpillars, and a trio of acrobatic baby bats. But while the girls are busy being brave they overlook their winged friend, the King of Tiny Things, who needs their help most of all. Can they save him in time…

Starring four of the world’s most exciting circus artists Metta Theatre bring the award-winning author Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward’s enchanting story spectacularly to life with circus, puppetry and song. With puppetry design by Yvonne Stone (National Theatre, Tall Stories) and music by Jon Nicholls (Shared Experience, National Theatre). Fun for all the family (age guidance 5+).

A note on age guidance – there is something in this show for all ages and although we advise 5+ babies and toddlers will be admitted and welcome, along with older children and adults. There are some more complex and challenging themes around death and change, with a high level of physical skill to entertain adults and older children. If you have any concerns about the suitability of the show for your family please contact

Supported by Arts Council England, the National Centre for Circus Arts, Stratford Circus, Bristol Circus Festival & Polka Theatre





'There’s plenty to charm here’ - The Guardian, Lyn Gardner

‘beautiful…gorgeously handled…talented ensemble…Yvonne Stone’s puppets are a delight…free-wheeling inventiveness…effortlessly charming’ - Exeunt, Stewart Pringle

★★★★ ‘a gentle, graceful performance…exciting’ - Theatre Bubble, Verity Healey

‘excellent juggling and superb balancing…a colourful delight’ - West End Wilma, Ed Nightingale

‘delightful…a testament to the power of imagination…enchanting show for the whole family to enjoy’ - London Theatre 1, Stephanie Caiger-W