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Handa's Surprise

A Little Angel Theatre production.

Based on the bestselling book by Eileen Browne

Aimed at ages 2 – 5 years

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All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm

Running Time: 35 minutes

Handa’s Surprise is back once more to the Little Angel Theatre. We are thrilled to be bringing this fantastic production to our theatres and on tour this spring.

Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise – but seven different animals have seven very different ideas… could you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit? 

A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation. Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!

Click here  to view our programme.

“The drama that unfolds is original and delightful. The show weaves a kind of magic and keeps any viewer’s senses stimulated… Created with an inspired vision” — The Stage

Age guidance

Handa’s Surprise is aimed at ages 2-5. The small audience sit on cushions and mats around the stage for an intimate experience, and there is a chance to join in the dancing at the end.

School Bookings

Please click here to enquire about making a school booking.

Tickets for school groups are £6.50 per person (weekdays before 3 pm, during Islington term time only).

Please note maximum schools capacity for shows at our Theatre is 115 per show. The schools capacity for shows at our Studios varies – please check the page for the show you want to see.

Download our information for undertaking a risk assessment for school visits here.

Our Educational Pack will be available shortly.

Relaxed Performances

Saturday 26 March 2022, 2.15 pm

No online booking – please call 020 7226 1787

What is a Relaxed Performance? Find out more here.

The visual story for Handa’s Surprise can be downloaded here.

What is a visual story? Find out more here.

If you are interested in arranging a weekday Relaxed Performance for a school group, please contact


Adapted from the book by Eileen Browne

Directed by Marleen Vermeulen
Designed by Sophia Lovell Smith
Puppets designed and made by Peter O’Rourke

Stage Managed by Jordan Lewis and Jordan Mackey
Performed by Rujenne Green and Hannah Akhalu

This play is based on the original book Handa’s Surprise written and illustrated by Eileen Browne. Text and illustrations copyright © Eileen Browne 1995. Published by Walker Books Ltd, London.

Safety Information

Despite changing government restrictions, we will still have additional measures in place to keep our staff, performers and families safe.

Please note: we strongly encourage taking lateral flow tests prior to attending. While masks are no longer mandatory, we highly recommend wearing one when visiting our venues.

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