Tom Fletcher’s interactive adventures for big imaginations are leaping from page to stage, as the beloved ‘Who’s in Your Book?' series makes its debut as a brand-new musical show.
A group of performers are preparing to start their show, but quickly discover they are not alone on stage. Little Monster wants to be part of the fun too! With an invitation to his friends, Dragon, Alien and Unicorn to join him, you can expect comedy and chaos as they help to create a magical show, learning about the joy of books and friendship along the way.
A high-energy 50-minute adventure featuring lively original music, this show is the perfect introduction to live theatre.
Expect plenty of playful fun for your littlest ones as their favourite characters come to life in a show that is packed with interactive moments to enjoy together.
New music composed by Tom Fletcher, Barry Bignold and Miranda Larson.
There's a Monster in Your Show... and he can't wait to meet you!
Tom Fletcher is a number-one bestseller and one of the UK's most popular children's authors. The Christmasaurus was the biggest debut middle-grade novel of 2016 and was shortlisted for a British Book Award. Since then, Tom has published several more chart-topping children's novels including The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch, The Christmasaurus and the Naughty List, The Creakers, Space Band and the instant number-one bestseller The Danger Gang. Tom also writes the incredibly successful Who's in Your Book? picture-book series and is one half of the author duo behind the Dinosaur that Pooped picture-book series too, which has sold over 1.5 million copies. For older readers, Tom co-authors the Eve of Man series with his wife Giovanna Fletcher.
Tom's books have been translated into thirty-eight languages and to date he has sold over 5 million copies of his books in the UK alone. The Christmasaurus is currently being developed by The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey into an animated movie with original songs written by Tom.
As well as his career as an author, by the age of 21, Tom had penned 10 UK number 1 singles and is the founding member of the band McFly. The Brit Award-winning band has sold over 10 million records worldwide and Tom has also written songs for other artists including One Direction, Busted and 5SOS.
Miranda’s recent stage writer-director credits include Friendsical, a musical parody of the TV Show Friends on UK tour and the children’s books The Night Pirates and Angelina Ballerina for the Sydney Opera House. She also adapted Tom Fletcher’s Christmasaurus and the YouTube phenomena Little Baby Bum for the stage. Other UK theatre credits include the current tours of Milkshake Monkey’s Musical and Fireman Sam Saves The Circus as well as several live shows for LegoLand. Additional live show credits include The Amazing World Of Gumball, Monster High, Aardman: Animate It Live, Bob The Builder, Ben 10, Powerpuff Girls, Thomas Live, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants and Teletubbies.
Aside from her stage work, Miranda’s TV credits include Head Writer for a new TV series, Pop Paper City for Channel 5 Milkshake, which recently won a Royal Television Society South Award for ‘Best Short Form’.
Other TV credits include Pinkalicious & Peteriffic for PBS, Marco Polo Learning, Daisy & Ollie, Bob The Builder, Fireman Sam, Thomas & Friends, Baby Riki, Dibo The Gift Dragon, Sunshine Kathy, Cbeebies’ Let’s Play and Melody. With Life Bites and Bienvenue Bienvenida Welcome for the Disney Channel. Hubble, Bubble & Squeak for Nickelodeon, Chip And Potato for Netflix.
Born in London in 1953 of mixed heritage, Roman finally opted out of studying “Biomedical Electrical Engineering” and completed a postgraduate course at the Drama Studio London entering into the world of professional acting in 1977.
His forte has always been visual and physical theatre with a strong understanding of the technical aspects as well. He specialised more in mime and practiced as well as taught the skill in various schools and colleges in the late seventies.
In 1980 Roman was invited to join Polka Theatre in Wimbledon as an actor and in ’81 as the associate director and has proudly been involved with the theatre for over 42 years helping to direct/produce more than 90 plays at Polka aimed for our younger audiences - both for the Main Stage and the Adventure Theatre. Over the years, Roman has worked with many leading writers: Bryony Lavery, Mike Kenny, Brendan Murray, Lynne Read Banks, Charles Way, Phillip Pullman to name a few. The style of work has varied from directing straight forward drama plays through to musicals via pure puppet shows. His productions have taken him around the world with performances in Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey and USA as well as the UK
In his freelance capacity Roman also coaches, teaches and directs at many drama colleges, which includes ALRA, E15 and Drama Studio London, RCSSD, and is an experienced mask and puppetry director/consultant for various theatre companies.
Roman’s collaboration with MEI has lasted for over ten years with the successful national and international touring productions of Charlie and Lola, Sarah and Duck and Twirlywoos Live.
Zoe has spent her career bringing to life some of the world’s best loved brands on stage and as live experiences within attractions. Writing for young audiences and readers is her passion and she feels privileged to include Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam, Twirlywoos and Mr Men Little Miss among her previous work.
A keen advocate of children’s literacy and the accessibility of story books, she is thrilled to be part of the creative team introducing this debut show to fans of Tom’s wonderful book series.
After a near lifetime of collecting, making, and performing with marionettes as a hobby, in 2008 Keith started volunteering at the Little Angel Puppet Theatre in Islington, London. With a career background in Fashion Design and Tailoring, his making skills were quickly recognised and in 2010 Keith was asked to design and build the entire cast of puppets for the Little Angel Theatres production of ‘Dog’s Don’t do Ballet’ his first major commission and the beginning of his professional puppet making career. Since then, Keith has gone on to design and build puppets and costume for many other shows and, after the success of recreating the ‘Twirlywoos’ as stage puppets, is delighted to have been invited back to the MEI creative team to do the same for ‘There’s a Monster in my show’ and bring Tom Fletcher’s much loved book characters to life on stage.
Keith makes puppets for commercial and private commissions, both here and abroad. He has also had the privilege to teach puppet making at the illustrious, Wimbledon School of Art. Credits include: Design and build for: Jack V Giant (Polka Theatre) The Storm Whale (York Theatre Royal) Dog’s Don’t Do Ballet wow said the Owl, wow it’s Nighttime (Little Angel Theatre), The Twirlywoos (MEI Entertainment) The Hobbit (Middle Earth Productions USA) Sour Puss (Lori Hopkins Puppetry), Wee Dragon (Wee Dragon Productions) Some of the build teams Keith has been a part off: Cinderella (Norwich Puppet Theatre) A Quiet Place: Day One (puppet costume, Paramount Films) ‘Miracle’ The Dog (Britain’s Got Talent) Fantastic Mr Fox, The Fabulous Flutterbys, Petrushka, McBeth, Alice In Wonderland, Hold on Mr Rabbit, The Tempest and Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Little Angel Theatre) Peter Pan (Polka theatre), Awful Auntie (Birmingham Stage), Hound of the Baskervilles (The Mill at Sonning), The Dong with The Luminous Nose (puppet costume, Cubic Feet) Man, Down Title Sequence (Costume Maker & Puppeteer for DWS & Baby Cow Productions), BBC Bite Size (Costume).
Laura McEwen has been designing for the stage for more than twenty years. She is a specialist in designing for young audiences and has worked for a range of companies including the RSC, English National Opera, Unicorn Theatre, Polka Theatre and London Old Vic. Most recently she designed the whole interior scheme for the new Polka Theatre, Wimbledon working alongside Foster Wilson Architects. Their joint vision was nominated for a RIBA award in 2023.
Laura has had her designs for the stage exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and her work as an artist exhibited at the Royal Academy on numerous occasions.
She has worked regularly with MEI over the past ten years most recently with their national tour of Twirlywoos Live.
Millennium Entertainment International (MEI) is headed by Chief Dreamer Nick Larkin. Nick was a performer for eight years before turning his talent into producing. He is well-known in Asia, the Middle East and more recently in the UK and Europe for his work producing family entertainment for malls, arenas, and theatres. In the UK, Nick has produced on the West End and toured regionally with three productions: The Very Hungry Caterpillar show, Twirlywoos Live and Sarah and Duck.
With 31 years of extensive touring across Asia, the Middle East and Europe, MEI has produced shows with licensed properties, including Star Wars, Cartoon Networks Ben 10, Power Rangers, Hello Kitty, Bananas in Pajamas, Thomas The Tank Engine, Barney and the Smurfs name a few.
Nick produced three Barney tours across Asia and took Barney, for the first time, to Beirut, Abu Dhabi , Bahrain and Saudi Arabia . In 2007, MEI brought the first-ever fully imported children’s show to India with Barney, followed by a four-city tour of Noddy in 2008. In 2009 MEI produced two world premiere productions, the first being the first-ever Hit Brands multi-character show titled The Little Big Club Live in Concert, followed later in the year by Ben 10 Live - Power of the Omnitrix for Cartoon Network. Many of these shows were large productions with million-dollar budgets, playing to stadium audiences of 10,000 people.
In 2012 MEI was brought in as consultant executive producer for the World Premier arena production of Norwegian preschool property City Of Friends, and in 2015, produced an original musical with the SMURFS, which toured extensively across Asia, the Middle East and parts of Europe. Nick is a dual UK/ Australian national based in London.
Katie is a hugely talented and experienced Puppeteer/Actor with a long list of performance and puppetry credits. Katie trained at LAMDA and has since gone on to perform in UK No1 Tours, West End Shows and international theatres including In The Night Garden Live, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Sarah and Duck, The Storm Whale and The Wolves in The Walls.
She recently turned her hand to directing and became Associate Director of The Very Hungry Caterpillar show directing the first UK Christmas Adaptation. She is now producing and preparing to direct a new show currently in R&D for the Amelia Scott in Tunbridge Wells. Katie is thrilled to be invited back to MEI to assist Miranda, Directing ‘There’s a Monster in Your Show’ as well as perform as company swing.
Theatre Credits include: The Wolves in The Walls (The little Angel Theatre) The Storm Whale (The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury) The Very Hungry Caterpillar (The Ambassadors, West End) Pygmalion (No 1 UK Tour) Ariodante (Palau De Les Arts) Swiss Family Robinson (The Core at Corby Cube) Snow White (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford) Dear Father Christmas (The Oxford Playhouse) In The Night Garden Live (The O2 & UK Tour)
Television Credits include:
Jovis Bon Hovis - Puppeteer (TBN UK, Sky) Mr Wroe's Virgins (BBC), Where the Heart is (ITV).
Charlie is a puppeteer/actor working in theatre, TV, and film.
She recently finished a tour with Olivier award winning show, Hey Duggee the Live Theatre Show, and before that she puppeteered Duck in Sarah and Duck's Big Top Birthday. You can catch some of her TV work on His Dark Materials (BBC) and the Netflix family show, The Last Bus. Charlie is very excited to be joining the cast of There's a Monster in Your Show as she is a big fan of the book series!
Josh Macrow is a puppeteer and puppet maker who has been working professionally since 2017.
He trained in Puppetry: Design and performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and since graduating, has worked on numerous projects such as The Furchester Hotel Live, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday”, Moving Parts Puppetry festival, and many more!
In 2023, Josh released his biggest project yet, the puppetry TV pilot Rogue Element. The episode was an almighty undertaking, and Josh served as executive producer, working on every stage of production.
Ben is an actor and an established puppeteer who has toured the UK and internationally with a variety of shows. His credits include:
White Rabbit/Puppeteer/Ensemble in 'The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland' (UK Tour), Puppeteer/Pizza Man in 'Twirlywoos Live' (UK Tour), Stitch (voice/puppeteer) in 'Stitch Live' (Disney), Puppeteer in 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' (UK and International Tour), Puppeteer in 'Elmer and the Patchwork Elephant' (UK and International Tour), Puppeteer/Vocals in 'The Dinosaur Show' (Blue Orange Theatre and UK Tour), Puppeteer in 'Sarah and Duck's Big Top Birthday' (UK Tour), Puppeteer/Scarecrow in 'Goosebumps Alive' (The Vaults London) and Puppeteer in 'In The Night Garden Live' (UK Tour).
His Panto and Christmas Show Credits: PC Pong in 'Aladdin' (Regent Theatre Ipswich/Carlisle Sands Centre), Santa Claus in 'Santa and the Christmas Adventure' (Epsom Playhouse, Watford Colosseum, Wimbledon Theatre) Gawp (Puppeteer and voice) in 'Beauty and The Beast' (Camberley Theatre), Man Friday in 'Robinson Crusoe' (Leatherhead Theatre and The Winter Gardens Margate)
Film Credits: Puppeteer in 'The Muppets: Most Wanted'
Other Credits: Scratch (Puppeteer) in 'Bear in Woods' (5 episodes plus Storytime Adventures/Sing-A-Long)
Ben is also an author with a range of children's books from novels to short stories. His latest novel, for adults, titled 'Syght' - a sci-fi thriller. All books available now on Amazon.
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Actor, Puppeteer and Writer
Trained at East 15 Acting School.
Cast as: Ben/Alien
Theatre Credits Include: Twirlywoos/Chef in Twirlywoos Live (MEI Theatrical LTD) Giant in Smartest Giant in Town (Little Angel Theatre and Fierylight Co-Production) Gerald, King Reginald and Doodles in The Emperor’s New Clothes (Monstro Theatre and Little Angel Theatre Co-Production), Mole in Wind in the Willows (Taunton Brewhouse), Adam in Ghosted (St Georges Theatre), Writer and Performer in debut play Outskirts (Sheringham Little Theatre), Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes Online Experience (Les Enfants Terribles), Mr Bump, Mr Happy, Mr Tickle and Mr Small (Selleadoor Worldwide), Plant Protector in Siyanda Protector of Plants (Theatre-Rites), Atir in Zeraffa Giraffa (Little Angel Theatre and Omnibus Theatre Co- Production)
Gil is a British-Portuguese actor and graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2021.
Theatre credits include: The Only White (Chelsea Theatre), Billie The Kid (workshop, Dominion Theatre), The Happy Prince (Imagine Watford Festival/ Watford Palace Theatre), Newbies (Union Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Tread The Boards Theatre) and Medea (Midlands Arts Centre/Royal Birmingham Conservatoire).