The Peasant Prince

The Peasant Prince

A story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope.

The remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene.

Li 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. 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 and inspired by this award-winning production.

Photos by Heidrun Lohr Photos from 2016 national tour featuring performers Jenevieve Chang, Jonathan Chan, John Goodway and Edric Hong.
Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas.
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry.
Photos by Heidrun Lohr.
  • Venue ARA Darling Quarter Theatre
  • Dates 03 May — 08 May 2024
  • Duration 60 minutes (no interval)
  • Ages Ages 7-12
  • Years Years 2-6
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  • Education Program


    One complimentary teacher ticket per 10 students. Additional teachers at $21.

    Dates and Times
    Fri 03 May
    10:30 | 12:30
    Mon 06 May
    10:30 | 12:30
    Tue 07 May
    10:30 | 12:30
    Wed 08 May
    10:30 | 12:30

Creative Team


Eva Di Cesare


Sandie Eldridge


Tim McGarry


Tim McGarry

Associate Director

Egan Sun-Bin

Production Designer

Michael Hankin


Daryl Wallis

Movement Director

Danielle Micich

Remount Movement Director

Lia Reutens

Lighting Designer

Sian James-Holland

Author and Script Consultant

Li Cunxin

“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

"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


Wheelchair Accessible
There are several wheelchair and companion seating positions available in our theatre.
National Relay Service
If you are d/Deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service.
Assisted Listening
Assisted listening devices are available in the theatre.


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