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Audiences will be captivated by this inspiring story. Definitely not to be missed!


17 May 2016 - 18 May 2016 | 11am & 6pm

Book Tickets

The Peasant Prince

based on the book by Li Cunxin | illustrated by Anne Spudvilas
Adapted by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry
Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer was first published as a children’s picture book, The Peasant Prince. Monkey Baa is honoured to be adapting this story onto the stage.

Li, a 10-year old peasant boy, is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he knows, including his beloved parents. Over years of gruelling training and determination, this boy transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene. Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be.

Audiences will be captivated by this inspiring story. Definitely not to be missed!

Director Tim McGarry
Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Composer Daryl Wallis
Movement Director Danielle Micich (Force Majeure)
Dramaturge Camilla Ah Kin
Script Consultant Li Cunxin

Supporters and sponsors

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Arts NSW is pleased to support and create opportunities for growth to foster the future of arts and culture in NSW.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Monkey Baa is a multi-award winning theatre company that creates, presents and curates new Australian theatre experiences for young audiences. With Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry at its helm, Monkey Baa calls the Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre home. The company’s mission is to share uniquely Australian stories, with young people at the heart of everything they create.

Established in 1997, they have conducted over 25 national tours to 135 regional and remote communities in every state and territory of Australia, completed 3 international tours to 35 US theatres, performed over 2500 performances and engaged with 1.1 million young people and counting.

Event Information


Duration55 min (no interval)


CostADULT $30
Concession $25
Children (under 16) $15

Phone02 9824 1121


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