The Princess And The Pea

The Princess And The Pea

Fri 04 December 2015 - Sat 09 January 2016

Family Christmas Show

Once upon a time in a land far away,
There was a tall bed and a girl came to stay.

Layer upon layer of soft luxury,
But she couldn't get comfy because of a pea!

Join us this Christmas for our  funny, inventive show for families filled with music, dance and song. Continuing Unity's successful partnershipship with top children's theatre company Action Transport Theatre, and directed by acclaimed director Nina Hajiyianni, don't miss our extra special family festive feast of theatre!

Experience the magic of theatre with The Princess and The Pea with tickets are priced from only £8 (with family tickets from just £30!).

Perfect for ages 5+ and their families! 

Ellesmere Port performances supported by ESSAR OIL

Family Offers

We keep our prices as low as possible - but to make our show even more wallet-friendly we offer discounts through our family packages. This means that if you book four tickets (including at least one child and one adult) we'll reduce the ticket price - saving you money! The discount will be automatically applied when you purchase your tickets online, by phone or in person at our box office! 

Allocated Seating

Our theatre now has allocated seating so you can pick your own seat for this performance. Book early to ensure you get the seats you want!

If you have any problems when booking or have any questions about the show please contact our box office 0844 873 2888 or and they will be happy to help!


Performance schedule



Fri 4 Dec 6pm     £14 full price
Sat 5 Dec 2pm     £12 conc
Sat 12 Dec 11am* 2pm   £45 family of 4
Fri 18 Dec 11am 2pm*    
Sat 19 Dec 11am 2pm   £12 full price
Mon 21 Dec 2pm 5:30pm   £10 conc
Tue 22 Dec 2pm 5:30pm   £40 family of 4
Wed 23 Dec 11am 2pm    
Tue 29 Dec 2pm 5:30pm   £8 all tickets
Wed 30 Dec 2pm 5:30pm   £30 family of 4
Thu 31 Dec 11am 2pm    
Sat 2 Jan 2pm 5:30pm*    
Sat 9 Jan 11am      

* BSL Signed Performances


Josie Cerise

Josie Cerise

Josie was born in New Zealand but grew up near Chorley, Lancashire. Graduating in 2009 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Performance from Northumbria University, Josie went on to be awarded a place on the InterACT scheme; a year long acting apprenticeship run by Northumberland Theatre Company.

Currently appearing in the new series of ‘Grandpa in my Pocket’ on Cbeebies, she also stars in the BAFTA-nominated ‘Ha Ha Hairies’ on Cartoonito as Mini Ha Ha.

On stage Josie has most recently appeared as the Artful Dodger in the Duke's walkabout adaptation of 'Oliver Twist' in Williamson Park, Lancaster. Other theatre credits include playing Mouse in 'The Gruffalo': West End/UK Tour/Dubai, ‘Room on the Broom’: Sydney Opera House/Australian Tour, ‘My Brother the Robot’: Poland/UK (Tall Stories), 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice' (Assembled Junk), 'The Tongue Twister' (24:7/HOME Re:play), 'Cinderella' (The Dukes), ‘Monday’s Child’ (tutti frutti/York Theatre Royal), ‘The Prince and the Penguin’ (Northern Stage), ‘Bleak Expectations’ and ‘Coral’ (Nuffield Theatre).

"I’m delighted to be joining the cast of the Princess and the Pea because I love this story, oh and I love peas! In fact me and my best friend Katie, call each other pea as a term of endearment. I digress ... the main reason I am excited is we get to re-tell this story and make it really hilarious, silly and magical. I think it will be lots of fun for us, so it will definitely be lots and lots of fun for the audiences."

Duncan Cameron

Hailing from Canada, Duncan was inspired to be a performer after competing in the national tournament of the Canadian Improv Games. From there, he moved to Paris, France, to begin his studies at international theatre school Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

Since graduating, Duncan has worked in theatre around Europe, on projects ranging from street theatre, childrens theatre, cabaret, clown and bouffon.  He has worked with companies such as  Ramshacklicious, Stuff and Nonsense, The Invisible Circus and A ship of Fools.

To see more of Duncan, check out his website

"I’m delighted to be joining the cast of the Princess and the Pea because I know that working with this group, we can make an amazing show that will leave everyone feeling like they've just been nuzzled by reindeer and tickled by magical beings. It's going to be great fun to create and perform for everyone who comes to see it!"

Graham Hicks

Graham has appeared in : 'The Maurie' (WOW Festival) 'Perch' (Assistant director for opening show for the Common Wealth Games 2014) 'Sink or Swim' (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse National tour) 'Alice Through the Winter Gardens' (Winter Gardens) 'Red Shoes' (Unity Theatre) 'Next'(Unity Theatre) 'Emperors New Clothes' (Unity Theatre) 'Legless n Harmless' (National tour) 'Pinocchio' (Unity Theatre) 'Stuck' (Mike Kenny National tour)

"I’m delighted to be joining the cast of the Princess and the Pea!  This will be my fifth christmas show and I am honoured and delighted to be back, feels like a home as this is the theatre which kicked off my professional career.

I'm really looking forward to working with the cast and the blissful tunes of Patrick Dineen who I have worked with many times. For the past few years I have watched the work of Nina Hajiyianni and have been eager to work with her creative ways so really pleased to I can finally do this."

Keddy Sutton

Keddy trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and with Ken Campbell’s Improvisational Company - The School of Night.   

Theatre includes: 'Cruel Sea'(Liverpool Everyman); 'Beyond Our Ken' (National Theatre); 'Beauty And The Beast' (Theatre Royal, Wakefield); 'Dreaming Of A Barry White Xmas' (Liverpool Echo Arena); 'The Queen's Knickers' (The Egg/Theatre Royal Bath/Purcell Room/Southbank Centre and UK Tour); 'Peppa Pig' (West End and No 1 Tour); 'Stags And Hens'(Directed by Willy Russell and Bob Eaton For Capital Of Culture), 'Slappers And Slapheads' (Royal Court Liverpool);'Robinson Crusoe' (Theatre Royal, Winchester); 'Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs' and 'Dick Whittington' (Buxton Opera House).

Her television work includes 'Good Cop' and 'Nice Guy Eddie'(BBC) and for radio she provides the Woodland Voices in Brian Jaques' award winning chronicles - 'Redwall' .  Keddie can currently be seen in the latest Pot Noodle advert!.

"I am delighted to be joining the cast of 'The Princess and the Pea', because firstly is really important to get vegetables into mainstream theatre And if you come and see this show then it can be counted as at least 1 of your 5 a day.....I think...well probably....

And secondly , because I am really looking forward to working with such a fun , creative team. Both The Unity and ATTC have championed my career over the years as an actor/ devisor / improviser and it's an honour to be able to give something back and be part of such a fabulous, quirkey Xmas co-production..can't wait!! it's gonna be a very Hap pea.xmas indeed xxxx"


"Striking moments of physical theatre…delightful performances from the quartet of actors…beautifully staged"
Liverpool Echo - More...

"Plenty for old and young to enjoy"
The Reviews Hub - More...

"Great theatre story-telling"
Liverpool Sound and Vision - More...

"An endearing romp." - More...

***** “A most apPEAling show!”
What’s Good To Do
**** “With invention and ingenuity throughout, [the show] feels gloriously fresh from the pod.”
Northern Soul

"Plenty for adults, Plenty for children. Plenty to celebrate in The Princess and the Pea"
British Theatre Guide - More... 

"Many thumbs up from me!"
Nerve Magazine - More...


show details

Dates: Fri 4 Dec - Sat 9 Jan
Times: Various
Running time: Approx 90 min

£14 - £8 Adults 
£12 - £8 Children
£45 - £30 Family of 4 (includes at least 1 child)
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage

Venue: Unity One
Seating: Allocated (select your own seat!)

Relaxed Performances:
Fri 18 Dec @ 2pm
Sat 9 Jan @ 11am

BSL Signed Performances
Sat 12 Dec @ 11am
Fri 18 Dec @ 2pm
Sat 2 Jan @ 5.30pm

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The Princess and The Pea