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A Monkey Baa Theatre Company production

The Peasant Prince 2024

Based on the book by by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas
Adapted by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry

Monkey Baa is thrilled to announce the return of their award-winning production of The Peasant Prince in 2024. The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, this is an extraordinary production of a remarkable story – of peasant boy turned dance giant – to inspire and enthral young audiences. 

“You have your secret dreams. Follow them. Make them come true.”

From The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin

The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince tells a remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene. This is a story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope.

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 loves, including his family. Over years of gruelling training, 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 for himself and his family make The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be. Audiences will be captivated by this very personal story, truly a 20th century fairy tale.

Monkey Baa's extraordinary production won Best Production at The Glugs and The Sydney Theatre Awards and a Drover's Award for the Best Tour in 2016. Now it returns to enthral new young audiences.


Most Outstanding Production for Children
The Glugs

Best Production for Children
Sydney Theatre Awards

Best Tour in 2016
Drovers Awards


"Monkey Baa writers Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry are dab hands at adapting books for young audiences."
The Australian

"We were blown away."
Kid Bucket List

"The Peasant Prince is vital, exuberant, aspirational, and inspirational."
Australian Stage

"Monkey Baa Theatre Company has created another wonderful work for children."
Broadway World

"My son was entranced and my daughter was mesmerised. I was drawn in by the magical telling of a powerful story told so simply and so well."
Sydney Arts Guide

"Monkey Baa has created, yet again, a gem for children and adults alike."
Theatre Now

"This was an amazing play."
Stage Noise

The Peasant Prince trailer


Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Penrith, NSW | Land of the Darug People
11-13 May | BOOK

Glen Street Theatre, NSW | Land of the Garigal People
16-18 May | BOOK

Riverside Theatre Parramatta, NSW | Land of the Darug People
21-22 May | BOOK

Darwin Entertainment Centre, NT | Land of the Larrakia People
27-28 May | BOOK

Cairns Performing Arts Centre, QLD | Land of the Gimuy-walubarra yidi People
4 June | BOOK

Pilbeam Theatre Rockhampton, QLD | Land of the Darumbal People
6-7 June | BOOK

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, QLD | Land of the Yuiberra People
10-11 June | BOOK

Logan Entertainment Centre, QLD | Land of the Yagara and Yugambeh Peoples
14 June | BOOK

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre Bundaberg, QLD | Land of the Taribelang People
18 June | BOOK

Mildura Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Ladji Ladji People
23 July | BOOK

Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Bpangerang People
25-26 July | BOOK

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo, VIC | Land of the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples
29-30 July | BOOK

Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool, VIC | Land of the Gunditjmara People
1-2 August | BOOK

Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre, VIC | Land of the Gulidjan and Gadubanud Peoples
6 August | BOOK

Geelong Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Wathaurong People
8-9 August | BOOK

Frankston Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Bunurong People
12-13 August | BOOK

Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, VIC | Land of the Gunditjmara, Tjap Wurrung and Buganditj Peoples
15-16 August | BOOK

Bunjil Place Narre Warren, VIC
 | Land of the Bunurong Boon Wurrung & Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Peoples
19-20 August | BOOK

Forge Theatre and Arts Hub Bairnsdale, VIC | Land of the Gunaikurnai, Monero and the Bidawel Peoples
22-23 August | BOOK

Riverlinks Venues Shepparton, VIC | Land of the Yorta Yorta People 2
6-27 August | BOOK

Canberra Theatre Centre, ACT | Land of the Ngunnawal People
30-31 August | BOOK

Merrigong Theatre Company Wollongong, NSW | Land of the Dharawal (Thuruwul) People
3-4 September | BOOK

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, NSW | Land of the Dharawal and Yuun Peoples
6 September | BOOK

Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, NSW | Land of the Wiradjuri People
9-10 September | BOOK

Orange Civic Theatre, NSW | Land of the Wiradjuri People 
12-13 September | BOOK

Griffith Regional Theatre, NSW | Land of the Wiradjuri People
16-17 September | BOOK

The Art House Wyong, NSW | Land of the Darkinjung People
19-20 September | BOOK

Manning Entertainment Centre Taree, NSW | Land of the Biripi People
23-24 September | BOOK


If you are interested in touring get in contact!

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02 8038 1880