Stylish productions with a hint of mischief and a dab of spectacle for audiences of all ages.

Hey, Presto!

Our hit show 'Hey, Presto!' based on the book by Nadia Shireen opened at the Pleasance Theatre in December 2013 and then toured the UK throughout 2014.

Presto, the cat, is a very talented magician, so when he and his best friend Monty, the dog, join a funfair and start a magic show things look good for the duo. But fame goes to Monty's head and soon Presto loses his friend and his show! Will true friendship prevail? Is there a touch of magic in the air?

A heart-warming tale of aspiration, friendship, adventure and a little bit of mischief accompanied by catchy songs, this is the perfect treat for everyone aged 3 and up.

Activity pack

Please download our free activity pack full of puzzles and activities. A specially created teacher resource pack will also be made available to all schools who book to see the show. To read more about our education work please visit our education page.


"A gorgeous show for kids... By the finale, everyone was under this show’s joyous spell."

"A really wonderful show... both my children really enjoyed it. The story really kept them entertained. We would definitely recommend a performance of Hey, Presto!"
Jenny Kearney – 'The Gingerbread House' blog

"If you have kids, take them. Great tunes, magic tricks, lots of shouting and heckling opportunities. Excellent day out"
Nadia Shireen – author of Hey, Presto!

Original cast

Presto: Katie Arnstein
Monty: Henry Wyrley-Birch
Gareth, Leonard, Mr Network, Walter: Anita Creed

Production team

Based on a book by: Nadia Shireen
Director: Ollie Fielding
Composer and lyricist: John Chambers
Designer: Eleanor Field
Lighting designer: Sarah McColgan
Associate producer: Hayley Fielding
Associate producer: Amy Holson-Schwartz
Magic consultant: Tony Middleton
Stage Manager: Charlie Ely
Press and marketing: Rachel Bailin

We are very grateful to APCOA Parking for their support with our tour of Hey, Presto!

Production photography

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Photos taken by Pamela Raith

Touring schedule


19th The Atkinson, Southport 2:30pm
25th Z-Arts, Manchester 1:00pm 0161 226 1912
26th Jacksons Lane 3:00pm 020 8341 4421


1st New Wolsey, Ipswich 11:00am & 2:00pm 01473 295 900
15th Canada Water Culture Space 1:00pm & 3:00pm 020 8692 4446
16th The Albany, Deptford 1:00pm & 3:00pm 020 8692 4446
28th The Arc, Borehamwood 2:00pm


1st The Arc, Borehamwood 2:00pm
15th Buxton Opera House 1:30pm & 3:30pm 0845 127 2190


3rd-6th The Warren, Brighton Sat - Mon 11:00am
Tue 4:00pm
07800 983 290


6th The Mill Studio, Yvonne-Arnaud, Guildford 11:00am & 2:00pm 01483 44 00 00
13th Fairfield Hall, Croydon 11:00am & 2:00pm 020 8688 9291
20th ARC, Stockton-On-Tees 2:30pm 01642 525199
21st artsdepot, Finchley 11:00am & 2:00pm 020 8369 5454
27th The Lights, Andover 11:00am 01264 368 368


5th Cornerstone, Didcot 2:00pm 01235 515144
11th Theatre Royal, Margate 2:00pm 01843 292795
25th Stantonbury, Milton Keynes 2:30pm 01908 324466
26th Citadel, St Helens 2:00pm 01744 735436
28th The Met, Bury 11:00am & 1:00pm 0161 761 2216
29th - 30th Watermans, Brentford 3pm 020 8232 1010