If you’ve just read or heard the Little Prince, you should know that the story has also been adapted for the stage on a number of occasions. As a traditional play or a musical comedy, the Little Prince has inspired and continues to inspire directors the world over. In France, we are familiar with the brilliant adaptations by Virgil Tanase and Stéphane Pezerat. Next we’ll be telling you about an adaptation to the theatre in Japan.
As Japan licks its wounds, we wanted to tell you about a stage adaptation of the Little Prince. Behind the adaptation is Kaze, one of Japan’s most famous acting troupes. To whet your appetite for the forthcoming interview with the theatre company, we have a short extract from the show, which features song, dance and theatre. Despite the language barrier, the work touched our hearts… the Little Prince truly is universal. A more detailed article is to follow but, until then, here are some extracts from the show and some photographs.
No need to remind you of the painful events unfolding in Japan. The Little Prince (Oshino Ojisame, the Prince from the Stars, in Japanese) has very close ties to a country that boasts no fewer than thirty different translations of Saint-Exupéry’s tale. It is also the country where numerous researchers, including Hiroshi Mino, a university professor to whom we feel very close, have dedicated so many works to the Little Prince and his author. The country that has a museum in Hakone dedicated to Saint-Exupéry and his Little Prince, and where the Little Prince only recently occupied the Yorii service area. In Japan, the world of the Little Prince is often likened to that of film director Hayao Miyazaki, who actually wrote the foreword to the album of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s collected drawings and watercolours, published by Editions Gallimard. Perhaps it is the possible connections to aspects of Zen teaching that have made Saint-Exupéry and his Little Prince so popular in Japan. Today, our thoughts go out especially to Mrs. Hakiko Torii, who has headed all the projects relating to the Little Prince in Japan for the past 25 years.
All of which goes to explain why we, the friends of the Little Prince here and around the world, are so saddened to witness the misfortunes of a country that is also, in some small way, our own.
From 1st July 2011, visitors to the Futuroscope will be able to accompany the Little Prince on a new adventure to the heart of the Planet of Music. Meet up with the Little Prince and the Fox on asteroid B612 to go in search of the missing Rose. Expect the journey to full of poetry, fun, sensations and emotions!
Now watch our exlclusive trailer for this 4D adventure !
First France, then Brazil… now we’d like to present The Little Prince stage show in Russia. Scripted by Andrey Niantchouk, the story is adapted as a musical featuring an extensive cast of artistes bringing Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s story to life. Take a look at an extract from the show, which premiered in 2007 and since then seems to taken Russia by storm. A special mention must go to the Fox’s costume: what a triumph!
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We were amazed by Stéphane Pezerat’s play, and we were not the only ones. Remember, at the end of the book (and of the play), Saint-Exupéry sends us this message: “Then, if a child comes towards you, if he laughs, if he has golden locks and if he refuses to answer questions, you will surely guess who he is. So be kind! Do not leave me grieving. Write to me quickly to tell me that he has come back…”
Pupils at the Le Parc de Saint-Symphorien school in Ozon have done just what Saint-Exupéry asked, writing to tell him about an imaginary encounter with the Little Prince!
Today we have an initial selection for you of their funny, moving letters, full of bright ideas for telling Saint-Exupéry that his Little Prince has come back. Just like in the book, the words are accompanied by drawings.
If you haven’t seen our report on the adaptation by Stéphane Pezerat, it’s never too late!
They are made with all the skill and artistry of the Monnaie de Paris, the Paris Mint, which we have often had occasion to mention on this site. Now the Monnaie de Paris proposes a medallion featuring our favourite character: the Fox. The star that appears at the top of medallion is rich in meaning, if you think back to the words of the Little Prince…
The medallions are made from 750/1000 (18 carat) yellow gold.
The Little Prince online store offers two models: one 14mm in diameter, the other 18mm in diameter.
Ever heard of movie rides? They are the kind of films, often in 3D, encountered in theme parks, where spectators actually experience the action they see on the screen: sensations of falling, being shaken around, high speed. The experience is often made even more vivid by added special effects (wind, smoke, etc.). One of the most spectacular movie rides has to be the Star Tour, which whisks its passengers off on a space flight in a Star Wars universe. From 1st July 2011, visitors to the Futuroscope will be able to accompany the Little Prince on a new adventure to the heart of the Planet of Music. Meet up with the Little Prince and the Fox on asteroid B612 to go in search of the missing Rose. Expect the journey to full of poetry, fun, sensations and emotions!
Until then, enjoys these three visuals of a ride unequalled anywhere else in the world.
Now that we’ve told you about the actors lending their voices to the Little Prince series, it’s time to tell you about the actors that are fans of the Little Prince. Let’s start with the triumphant star of Black Swan and the face of Dior: Natalie Portman. In an interview with La Parisienne, the actress was asked to find a likeness for Miss Dior Chérie, the fragrance she represents. If Miss Dior Chérie were a book, it would be… The Little Prince!
In an interview with l’Express Style, Nicolas Duvauchelle admitted to being an avid reader and history fan. When he’s not immersed in the biography of Du Guesclin, the actor reads a lot to his young daughter – and right now, that means The Little Prince.
In Madame Figaro, Christophe Lambert presented his novel and confided, in response to the interviewer’s question, that he dreamed of having authored The Little Prince.