The Verdict: Critics Review Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson Musical The Light Princess in London

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10 Oct 2013

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The world premiere of The Light Princess, a new musical with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Tori Amos and book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson, officially opened at the National's Lyttelton Theatre Oct. 9.

Described in press materials as a "dark fairytale about grief, rebellion and the power of love," it is directed by Marianne Elliott, most recently represented in London by Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic and the ongoing West End transfers of the National Theatre's productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and War Horse.

The show is  "set in opposing kingdoms where a princess and a prince who had lost their mothers live. Althea, unable to cry, became light with grief and floated, and so was locked away. Digby became so heavy-hearted that he could never smile, and so was trained as a warrior. One day, he declares war. Althea is forced out of hiding and down to ground but, in defiance of her father, she escapes, only to encounter the solemn prince on contested land. Beside a lake the warring heirs begin a passionate and illicit affair. But for Althea to find real love, she must first confront the world’s darkness and face her own deepest fears."

The critics have filed their reviews and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000, or visit nationaltheatre.org.uk.

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