Tuesday 23 July

Location: Mildura Arts Centre Theatre
Time: 11am and 1pm
Duration: 60 minutes | All school performances are followed by a 10-minute Q&A session
Tickets: Full $25 | Concession $23 | 444 Foundation $23 | Child under 16 $15 | School bookings available through booking form

The Peasant Prince

Monkey Baa Theatre Company

Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas.
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry.

General Public On-sale
10am, Monday 24 June 2024

Monkey Baa is thrilled to announce the return of its award-winning production The Peasant Prince in 2024. The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince is an extraordinary production of a remarkable story – of a peasant boy turned dance giant. It will inspire and enthral young audiences.

“You have your secret dreams. Follow them. Make them come true.”
From The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin

Li, a 10-year old peasant boy is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he loves, including his family. Over years of grueling training, this boy transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene.  Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life for himself and his family makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be. Audiences will be captivated by this very personal story, truly a 20th century fairy tale.

Monkey Baa's extraordinary production won Best Production at The Glugs and The Sydney Theatre Awards and a Drover's Award for the Best Tour in 2016. 

“It’s a vivid piece of storytelling that is skillful, theatrical and inspiring. It was a loving and honest adaptation of Li’s treasured memoir”
Stage Whispers

The production is recommended for ages 7 – 12 years old.
School Booking Form

Available concession: Pension Card, Seniors Card, Carer Card, Health Care Card, Veteran, and Disability.
If you have a Companion Card, experience issues with stairs or require a wheelchair space please contact the Box Office on 03 5018 8330 between 10am - 4pm, daily to book your seats.
Customers are advised that prams, strollers, baby capsules and other large items cannot be taken into the theatre. These items can be left safely in the cloak room and collected at the conclusion of your visit. Please talk to MAC staff if you have any concerns.


Photos by Heidrun Lohr. Photos from 2016 national tour feature performers Jenevieve Chang, Jonathan Chan, John Gomez Goodway and Edric Hong.

Smoke, haze and lighting effects are used in this performance. This production contains themes of racism and simulated violence.