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I Want My Hat Back Trilogy

Aimed at ages 3-6

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All tickets £8 on Fridays at 4.45pm
All tickets £8 at previews Sat 21 and Sun 22 May

Running Time: 40 minutes approx

A bear has lost his hat. What if he never sees it again? WAIT! He has seen his hat.

A fish has stolen a hat. And he’ll probably get away with it. Probably.

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat.

Following their hit digital series, lockdown sensations Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde are back with more of their trademark cardboard design. Jon Klassen’s beloved books, I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat and We Found A Hat, will have a brand new life of their own LIVE on the Little Angel Theatre stage. All your favourites including Bear, Little Fish and the Turtles will be making an appearance in this one-of-a-kind trilogy.

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Critics are saying

Hysterically funny and stunningly imaginative. Even with its Peaky Blinders moments this amazing show will have you laughing all the way home, discussing its topics and creating things from cardboard long afterwards. – Everything Theatre 

Nemesis; hubris; redemption; headgear. (…) It would maaaaybe be a stretch to compare it to Greek tragedy, but there’s something of the devastating emotional clarity of the ‘Oresteia’ trilogy here. – Time Out

Impressive theatricality. A charming cardboard adaptation of Jon Klassen’s picture books – The Stage

Make your very own little fish puppet and bring it to the show!

Age guidance

The I Want My Hat Back Trilogy is aimed at ages 3 – 6. The play contains three simple, funny and gently paced stories where animal characters act on feelings about ownership, wanting things and fairness that children of this age can relate to. In the first two stories it is implied that small animals have been eaten by bigger animals (off stage). The final story shows a friendship. Under-3s may get a little restless.


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).

The schools capacity for this show is 75 people per performance.

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

Our Educational Pack will be available shortly.

Relaxed Performances

Sunday 17 July 2022, 3:30 PM

No online booking – please call 020 7226 1787

What is a Relaxed Performance? Find out more here.

Click here to view the visual story of I Want My Hat Back Trilogy. 

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 by Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde
Directed by Ian Nicholson
Designed by Sam Wilde
Assisted by Alana Ashley
Lighting Design by Sherry Coenen
Sound Design and Composition by Jim Whitcher

Stage Managed by Adam Lovelock
Performed by Imogen Khan, Simon Lyshon and Ian Nicholson.

I Want My Hat Back
Adapted by Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde
From the book by Jon Klassen, illustrated by Jon Klassen
published by Candlewick Press

This Is Not My Hat
Adapted by Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde
From the book by Jon Klassen, illustrated by Jon Klassen
published by Candlewick Press

We Found A Hat
Adapted by Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde
From the book by Jon Klassen, illustrated by Jon Klassen
published by Candlewick Press

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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