This winter, Hampshire based theatre company Forest Forge will be touring a stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s magical novel Stardust.
“There was once a young man who wished to gain his heart’s desire.”
In long ago England, amidst tranquil fields and meadows stands the tiny Hamlet of Wall. On the edge of the town, guarded around the clock, a stone wall separates the quiet town from the magical land of Faerie. Here, a young man has lost his heart and mind to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. And then, in the dead of night, a shooting star falls and breaches the wall of his love, sending him on the adventure of a lifetime. In the luminescent glow of this star he will battle witches, sorcery, and fate, before finding his heart’s true desire.
Written by winner of Book of the Year prize in 2013, Neil Gaiman, Stardust was famously made into a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes and Robert De Niro in 2007.
Artistic Director of Forest Forge and Director of the stage adaptation of Stardust, Kirstie Davis, comments: “Stardust has long been one of my favourite books- I love the epic storytelling, the fantastical worlds that we completely believe in and recognise, and the wit as well as the emotion. We were so excited when Neil Gaiman gave us permission to adapt it for the first time for the stage. Russ Tunney has done a wonderful job which is faithful to the book, but also enables us to create this world with four actors and lots of puppet. I hope that the audience enjoy the magical roller coaster ride that is Stardust as it is a real fight between good and evil and also the search for true love”.
Stardust has been adapted for stage by playwright and Pound Arts Director Russ Tunney, who comments: “It is a privilege to be entrusted with a story like Stardust. Those that know Neil Gaiman’s work will know how he spins magic and gold with words. For those who don’t, expect to come out of the theatre believing in unicorns, witches, zombie trees and ultimately, love. Stardust is one of those special stories, like A Christmas Carol, that thrills you with danger and inspires you with hope at the same time. And if all this sounds like it is only suitable for children, think again. There is so much in the story for adults, humour, and beautiful haunting stories”.
Stardust will star three returning Forest Forge actors, Michael Cole (Around the World in 80 Days, The World Outside, The Phoenix and the Carpet, Free Folk), Stacey Evans (Free Folk, The Phoenix and the Carpet, Anne of Green Gables) and Zachary Powell (Battlelines), as well as a new actor to the company, Alana Armstrong.
Stardust tours at The Pound on Saturday 20, Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 December. Tickets are going quick, call to book on 01249 701628.