The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch
1st March - 5th August
45 minutes approx
Mrs Grinling
Nicola Sangster
Mr Grinling
Gareth Cooper
Suitable for ages 3+
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch
The first in Pied Piper's new strand of work 'Story in a Suitcase;, for small studio theatres, festivals and libraries.


Packed with live music, audience participation, and all the sights and sounds of the sea this much loved story is brought to life for children aged 3+, their friends and families.

Join us for an all new musical storytelling extravaganza to celebrate 40 years of Ronda and David Armitage's The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch.

For lighthouse keeper, Mr Grinling, lunch is the highlight of the day. But Mr Grinling isn't the only one who enjoys the delicious food. Some greedy seagulls keep stealing his lunch! Can Mr and Mrs Grinling come up with a plan to stop them?

'What could stop the seagulls pecking?
Stop them eating up my lunch?
My delicious food they're wrecking
As they gobble, crunch, and munch!'

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch - Trailer

Trailer for ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ at The Omnibus with Nicola Sangster and Mrs Grinling and Gareth Cooper as Mr Grinling. Video by James Fox and edited by James Eaton.

Nicola Sangster
Nicola Sangster
Mrs Grinling

Nicola has created 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' along with Gareth Cooper. Together they have written the songs and devised the production.

Nicola Sangster is the freelance Associate Director for Pied Piper, where she has worked with Tina since 2005.

Nicola studied Drama and English Literature at Royal Holloway and trained at Birmingham School of Acting.

Her work includes Cider with Rosie (Cheltenham Everyman)The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe), Silk (BBC), Earthquakes in London (National Theatre / Headlong), Vincent in Brixton (Original Theatre), Charlotte's Web (Watershed). For Pied Piper Nicola was part of the original UK and Singapore casts of Laura's Star.

Gareth Cooper
Gareth Cooper
Mr Grinling

Gareth is a writer and performer, specializing in musical comedy. He spent five years writing and performing with award-winning, critically-acclaimed sketch group, Delete the Banjax (“Daft, deft and hugely inventive” Independent), and now splits his time between acting, writing and stand-up. Gareth wrote the music for The Hunting of the Snark, most recently at the Sherman Theatre. 

Surrey Advertiser - Beautiful Story of Boy's Move to the Capital

There are currently no reviews of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, but here's a review from a previous production...

There could not be a better way than this, to introduce your young child to theatre. And unlike a number of other children's productions I've been to, this didn't put me to sleep either.

Robin's Winter Adventure is a beautiful production by The Pied Piper Theatre Company about Robin, whose parents are faced with the daunting prospect of moving from their idyllic life in a countryside village, to the big, scary city of London.

Robin, with the help of his bird, conquers his fear of the unknown and embarks on a beautiful adventure with renewed hope and joy. The three cast members are extremely versatile and hold the attention of the audience right to the end.

Matthew Tanner, the star of the show, brings to life the character of Robin, whose love of poetry and rhyme on the one hand, and fear of the unknown on the other, is beautifully portrayed by the extremely talented actor. Leanne Rowley and Andrew Utley, primarily the parents, also play other smaller parts in the play, moving from one to the other effortlessly. 

And what better way to hold the attention of young children than  to fly a beautiful red robin, with a little boy on its back, in their midst. The puppets, a core part of the play, make quite an impact, especially in the dream sequence where Robin flies to London, taking in the sights on the back of his companion, the red robin.

The script is beautifully written. Writer and Director Tina Williams in collaboration with poet Joseph Coelho creates a picturesque image of London through Robin's poem. Wintry London with the 'icicle shard' and the Thames resembling 'a frozen ribbon to the sea' at one point and then being 'choked by claws of smoke' on the other, captivates both children and adults. With minimal set it is the words that create most of the imagery and display the feelings of fear in the beginning and hope and desire in the end.

Namita Gandhi.