Barbro Lindgren’s The Story of the Little Old Man now as a theatre play

Cover of The story of the Little Old Man

Cover of The story of the Little Old Man

On Saturday December 13th theatre play The story of the little gentleman opens at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, U.S. It’s based on Barbro Lindgren’s story The Story of the Little Old Man.

“We’re thrilled to bring to our community this quiet alternative to traditional holiday fare,” says director Mark Sutton in an interview. “It’s a challenge and a great privilege as theatre artists to get the opportunity to tell such a story with so little dialogue.

The story of the Little Old Man (first published in Sweden by Rabén & Sjögren in 1979, distributed in the United States by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992) marked the beginning of Barbro Lindgren’s long-lived co-operation with illustrator Eva Eriksson. The book was also her first of many for the very young. In it, we meet two figures to whom Barbro Lindgren would frequently return – a lonely human and a friendly dog. In this poignant tale of friendship, it is the dog, placing a cold nose in the old man’s hand, which assuages the man’s feelings of abandonment.

The theatre describe the play as a “delightful story about the true meaning of friendship. Nobody seems to have time for the little gentleman, which makes him sad. But he soon discovers a wonderful new friend who changes his life forever. This beautiful, funny and moving tale features live musicians and a uniquely intimate style all its own.”

Barbro Lindgren. Photo: Stefan Tell

Barbro Lindgren. Photo: Stefan Tell

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