I Want My Hat Back Trilogy

Wed 13 – Sun 31 Dec 2023

Studio Theatre

I Want My Hat Back Trilogy

Wed 13 – Sun 31 Dec 2023

Studio Theatre

An illustration from the front cover of Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back, showing a large bear with a serious expression

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A charming and inventive adaptation of Jon Klassen’s picture book trilogy featuring nearly 100 cardboard puppets!

A bear has lost his hat. What if he never sees it again? WAIT! He has seen his hat.

A fish has stolen a hat. And he’ll probably get away with it. Probably.

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat.

Following their hit digital series on Little Angel Theatre’s YouTube channel, and a sold out run at their venue, lockdown sensations Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde are back, showcasing their trademark cardboard design across the UK on the first ever tour of I Want My Hat Back Trilogy! Jon Klassen’s beloved books, I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat and We Found A Hat, have found a new life of their own LIVE on stage.

All your favourites including Bear, Little Fish and the Turtles will be making an appearance in this one-of-a-kind trilogy.

Cast & Creative Team

Ian Nicholson

Adapter & Director

Sam Wilde

Adapter & Designer

Alana Ashley

Design Assistant

Sherry Coenen

Lighting Designer

Jim Whitcher

Sound Designer & Composition

Alice Wood

Stage Manager

Lucy Clarke


Simon Lyshon


Find out how to make your very own fish puppet to bring to the show!

Access Performances

Relaxed performances are open to everyone but are particularly suitable for people with sensory, communication or learning disabilities, and anyone who would benefit from a less formal environment. Audience members should feel comfortable making noise and moving around as and when they need to. A Visual Story is available to download on this page.

I Want My Hat Back Trilogy Visual Story

Please note that the actors will change, and that minor show details may change as well.

Download the I Want My Hat Back freesheet

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