A Little Princess

  • Dates: June 9, 2023 - June 25, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Venue: William Peace Theatre
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 15 E. Peace St., Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Phone: 910.420.4383
  • Times: 7-10:30pm
  • Admission: $12-$22


The classic story of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess is reinvented into an original adaptation for Sweet Tea Shakespeare audiences. Developed by theatre artists Nathalie Ray and Maneesha Lassiter, the play grapples with the colonial narratives of the original novel, uses consciously diverse casting practices for traditionally "white" roles to increase representation for all, expands the significance and depth of characters of color, explores the underlying universal themes of communities in post-colonial societies, and focuses on amplifying women’s voices through exploring complex relationships between classmates, teachers, and friends. Set in late-1800s England, Sara Crewe, the joyful daughter of the wealthy Captain Jack Crewe, enrolls in Miss Minchin's lavish boarding school while her father is away in India. At the end of her extravagant eleventh birthday party, a tragedy occurs, leaving Sara orphaned and destitute. Now a pauper, Sara is forced to become a maid to her former classmates, under the oppressive watch of Miss Minchin. Using her imagination and unwavering kindness, Sara learns how to cope with her new circumstances, while showing us all what it truly means to be a princess.