The Mouse and His Child cast update

7 August 2012

Casting update for the RSC's family show this Christmas

The Mouse and His Child
In a new adaptation by Tamsin Oglesby
Based on the book by Russell Hoban
Directed by Paul Hunter

Royal Shakespeare Theatre 17 November 2012 – 12 January 2013
Press night: Thursday 29 November, 7pm

Suitable for ages 7+

Following on from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Beauty and the Beast, Matilda the Musical and The Heart of Robin Hood, the RSC tradition of family shows continues this winter with the premiere of the first major stage adaptation of Russell Hoban's book The Mouse and His Child.

A clockwork mouse and his child are discarded by children on Christmas Day. Lost and alone, they desperately want to get back home to the toyshop. This enchanting tale has inspired a thousand wonderful stories about what really happens in the toy box when we're not looking.

Adapted by playwright Tamsin Oglesby (known for her recent play Really old, like 45 at the National Theatre in 2010), this cult classic tale of escape, the search for freedom and reunited families was written in 1967 and was Hoban's first full length novel. Hoban died in 2011.

It is directed by Paul Hunter, Co-Artistic Director of Told by An Idiot. Paul's production of the Young People's Shakespeare version of The Comedy of Errors played in schools and theatres last year to great acclaim.

He said of the production: 'It's a universal story. It's poignant and profound and funny. It's also absurd and exciting and magical with something for all the family. The adults in the audience definitely won't be sitting there looking at their watches waiting to get a drink in at the interval!

'Personally I don't see it as a kid's show – I read an interview with one of the founders of Pixar Films who was asked what audience he was targeting with his films and he responded “anybody who breathes”. That is what I want for this production. I want it to be seen by a 7 year old with their 70 year old grandparent and for both of them to enjoy it and get something out of it.'

Daniel Ryan and Bettrys Jones take on the title roles of The Mouse and his Child.
Daniel is known for his recent TV roles in series such as Skins, Candy Cabs and Mount Pleasant, as well as appearing as Andrew Gilligan in The Government Inspector and Kenny Reed in The Whistleblowers. His recent theatre work includes Gethsemene at the National Theatre, Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse, and Laura Wade's Posh at the Royal Court. He was last with the RSC in 1999/2000 and played Bottom to much acclaim in Michael Boyd's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Bettrys has also appeared in TV's Skins as well as in the west end transfer of the National Theatre's War Horse. She last appeared with the Company in 2005 in Gregory Doran's A Midsummer Night's Dream and a touring production of The Taming of the Shrew.

The cast also includes:

David Charles (Rat), Denton Chikura (Frog), Bart Soroczynski (Rat), Paapa Essiedu (Rat), Calum Finlay (Rat), Stephen Harper (Euterpe), Michael Hodgson (Manny the Rat), Martin Hyder (Mr Crow), Julia Innocenti (Ralphie/Mrs Crow), Carla Mendonça (Elephant), Thomas Pickles (Rat), Naomi Sheldon (Rat), Ged Simmons (Rat), David Sterne (Rat), Simeon Truby (Rat), Obioma Ugoala (Rat).

The production is designed by Angela Davies with lighting by Paul Anderson and sound by Andrew Franks. The music is by Iain Johnstone and movement is by Sian Williams.


The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST.

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Notes to editors:

  • Rehearsal and production images will be available to download free of charge from the EPO in due course ( 
  • Box Office: 0844 800 1110 or
  • Twitter: #RSCMouse
  • The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION.
  • The Mouse and His Child, runs in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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