MONSTRO make puppet musicals for people of all sizes. Led by theatre-maker and composer Ben Glasstone and a bevy of the country’s finest musical puppeteers and designers, we are dedicated to extending the language of puppetry and music theatre and to challenging the boundaries between theatre made for children and for adults.
MONSTRO began with the creation of Little Angel Theatre’s much-loved musical The Mouse Queen, by a group of theatre makers led by Ben back in the mid 2000s.
“A terrific theatrical experience…Move over Lion King, The Mouse Queen has arrived.” Time Out, New York
“It’s a wonderfully inventive work that genuinely has something to say – and has terrific fun saying it. A joy.” The Times
That seminal show, directed by Steve Tiplady, designed by Peter O’Rourke and co-written with Tim Kane, went on to run off-West End and off-Broadway in New York with great success and since then Ben has worked with these artists and many others developing “puppet musicals” of all sorts, both with Monstro and with Little Angel, Polka and many other theatres making work for family audiences.
The Dong with a Luminous Nose, Monstro‘s recent co-production with Cubic Feet and Little Angel (directed and designed by Peter O’Rourke) will be touring in Autumn 2021.
Monstro‘s very popular show Book Story has toured to theatres, libraries and schools across the UK.
“A true delight. Its target age was anyone over six and its appeal was indeed pretty much universal” *****Theatre News
“mesmerizes adults and children alike” ****The Spy in the Stalls