Southwark Playhouse presents
Usagi Yojimbo: Samurai
by Stan Sakai Adapted by Stewart Melton
“Amy Draper’s gorgeous production is also a visual delight… a seasonal treat” Time Out Critics’ Choice
“a superb alternative to the usual festive family fair” The Stage
“Usagi Yojimbo is lovingly, faithfully adapted. It blends the best of ancient and modern: swordsmanship and live music with mesmeric projections.” Exeunt
“a wonderful alternative to inevitable Christmas-themed theatre offerings this winter” The Upcoming
“As festive as it gets… and not a panto dame in sight.” Auditorium Magazine
“If you’re going to take the tykes or indeed just yourself to a show this Christmas, please make it Usagi Yojimbo.” A Younger Theatre
A young rabbit leaves home, family and friends behind him in pursuit of one ambition: to become a great samurai warrior. Trained by a maverick old lion sensei – a teacher of the warrior’s code known as Bushido – Usagi learns that the way of the samurai is one of peace and perfection – not just masterful swordsmanship. But as war engulfs the land, he must make a choice that will test his loyalty, honour and dearest friendship.
This Christmas join our long-eared hero on the adventure of a lifetime as he takes his fate into his own paws.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Stan Sakai’s long-running comic book series has featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and won numerous accolades including three Eisner Awards and the Parents’ Choice Award. Adapted for the stage for the first time and featuring stunning design, video projection and original live music, Usagi Yojimbo is an epic adventure for the whole family.
“One of the most original, innovative, well executed comic books anywhere to be found.” Stan Lee (co-creator of Spiderman, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and X-Men)
The press on Howl’s Moving Castle (Christmas 2011)
4 Stars “The perfect Christmas show” The Public Reviews
“Southwark Playhouse’s heroically ambitious Christmas show” Time Out Critics’ Choice
Suitable for everyone aged 7+
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