Sonia Friedman Productions, Mark Rubinstein, Michael Edwards & Carole Winter,
Tulchin/ Bartner Productions and WTTP
in association with Watford Palace Theatre
present The Young Vic Production of
HERGE'S ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Following a nationwide tour, Rufus Norris' critically acclaimed production of Hergé's Adventures of Tintin arrived in the West End for a limited 2007 Christmas season in the centenary year of Tintin's creator Hergé.
Originally performed at the Barbican as part of BITE:05, the Young Vic production brings together a hugely talented creative team to tell the story of Tintin in Tibet. The show follows its eponymous hero, his loyal dog Snowy and the curmudgeonly Captain Haddock as they battle to rescue their friend Chang, who has disappeared in a plane crash in the high Himalayas. With time running out, and rumours of the Yeti prowling the peaks, Tintin and friends have a real adventure in store. The production presents a touching, imaginative adventure about friendship, which introduces this well-loved character to a new generation.
2007 marked the centenary of the birth of Tintin's creator, the Belgian artist Hergé. Hergé was the pen name of Georges Remi and The Adventures of Tintin have proved to be one of the most popular graphic novel creations of all time. Over 200 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide, and continue to sell. Tintin and his friends are about to become global superstars as Steven Spielberg and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson have just announced a three film deal. Tintin has inspired scholarly interpretation and study. In Autumn 2007, Tintin specialist and expert Michael Farr published both a biographical portrait of Hergé: The Adventures of Hergé, and a companion guide to the characters in the novels: Tintin and Co. The centenary is being marked around the world with exhibitions and displays of Tintin memorabilia. The exhibition, held at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, was one of their most successful ever. Such is the strength of Tintin's following, that each year when original artwork is put on sale at an annual auction in Paris, items are sold for staggering amounts of money.
Rufus Norris' work as a director has earned him the reputation of being one of the UK's most exciting directors. His recent work includes Vernon God Little at the Young Vic where he is an Associate Director. His production of Cabaret is running in the West End, where his other work has included the hit production of Festen. For Hergé's Adventures of Tintin he is joined by an award-winning creative team including writer David Greig with whom he adapted the book for the stage and set designer Ian MacNeil whose other credits include Billy Elliot and An Inspector Calls.
Hergé's Adventures of Tintin played in the West End for a limited season over Christmas 2007 providing a hugely entertaining, intelligent, critically acclaimed family show for audiences. The show's appeal crosses age and gender boundaries making it a perfect addition to the Christmas calendar. A full supporting education programme was available to younger audiences.