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The Peasant Prince

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Adult $19Child (3-17 years) $15

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES - These performances can be booked by sending the below School Booking Form to

Thursday 6 June at 1pm (Bookings full. Waitlist only)

Friday 7 June at 10am - Seats still available!

Limited public seating is available for these shows. Please contact the Box Office on 4927 4111 to enquire.

TO FILL OUT THE SCHOOL BOOKING FORM:This is a fillable PDF. Please download it to your computer, fill out the appropriate fields and click on the ‘Submit button’. This will set up an email using your computer’s email app which you can then send to our Box Office.Alternatively you can print the form, fill it out, scan and email it to our box office



Rockhampton Regional Council presents

A Monkey Baa Theatre Company production


Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas

Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry

Director           Tim McGarry

Remount Director       Egan Sun-Bin

Production Designer Michael Hankin

Composer       Daryl Wallis

Movement Director    Danielle Micich

Remount Movement Director            Lia Reutens

Lighting Designer       Sian James-Holland

Author and Script Consultant             Li Cunxin

Remount Lighting Designer   Matt Cox



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

You have your secret dreams. Follow them. Make them come true.From The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin

The Peasant Prince tells the 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 makes 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. 

Suitable for ages 7-12.

It’s a vivid piece of storytelling that is skillful, theatrical and inspiring. It was a loving and honest adaptation of Li’s treasured memoir.Stage Whispers 

Photos by Heidrun Lohr. Photos from 2016 national tour feature performers Jenevieve Chang, Jonathan Chan, John Gomez Goodway and Edric Hong


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