Drawing on a Victorian fairy tale by George MacDonald, this ambitious new musical by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson tells the story of Althea, a princess who lacks gravity in both the physical and the emotional sense.
Though great sadness has marked her early life, she prefers to float giddily ‘up in the skies, where no one cries’ until an adventure in a deep, dark forest – this is a fairy tale, after all – challenges her to come down to earth.
The Light Princess has been a long time in the making. But despite spending so much time in development, it still lacks narrative shape: the main love story feels at once drawn out and too compressed.
The big elemental conceits – as well as the principal aerial motif, there’s a lot of stuff about water – are never quite made to resonate with the dark intensity you expect…
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