Once Upon a Mattress

This show has now been cancelled

Regarding tickets already purchased for performances, we will be in contact to arrange a refund, although please be patient as this will take some time.

However, if you are in a position to donate the cost of your ticket to help the theatre survive these difficult times, the offer will be very much appreciated.

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Alces Productions presents…


So begins Once Upon a Mattress, a magical musical comedy journey into the world of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story of the princess and the pea. 

But this isn’t your usual fairy tale, and princess Winnifred isn’t your usual fairy-tale princess. The Kingdom in which she seeks her prince seethes with a very adult problem, which won’t end until a very stubborn Queen Aggravain allows her son to marry Alas, he is his mother’s prince, and is any princess really good enough?

The 1959 classic Tony-nominated hit from Mary Rodgers–daughter legendary composer Richard Rodgers–returns to London for the first time in many moons! 

Running time 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)


★★★★ Spy In The Stalls
“Ably directed by Mark Giesser, Alces Productions’ Once Upon a Mattress is a funny and joyful production of this rarely seen gem.” Read more here

★★★★ London Pub Theatres
“Well-sung, jazzy Broadway numbers, imaginative costumes and happy endings, you will have a fabulous time.” Read more here

★★★★ Musical Theatre Review
“The band – led by the head-bopping of musical director Jessica Douglas – sound fantastic. It’s one thing making three-piece rock scores work in a small theatre, but it’s rare to hear such effective reduced arrangements of full orchestral scores.” Read more here

My Theatre Mates
“Beth Burrows connects with the audience instantly & pulls them in.” Read more here

UK Theatre Network
“This a great little show, well performed with some great musical numbers and some genuine laughs, a feel good night out for any theatre lovers in North London.” Read more here