The Peasant Prince

Next date: Thursday, 06 June 2024 | 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM


SCHOOL PERFORMANCES - These performances can be booked by sending the below

School Booking Form to

Thursday 6 June at 1pm (Bookings full- waitlist only/Friday spots available only)

 Friday 7 June at 10am

RRC349-2024-Pilbeam-Theatre-School-Booking-Form-A-Peasant-Prince-V1.pdf(PDF, 534KB)

RRC301-Pilbeam-Theatre-School-Bookings-Shows-for-2024-Factsheet-V3.pdf(PDF, 260KB)

Limited public seating is available for these shows. Please contact the Box Office on 4927 4111 to enquire.


Rockhampton Regional Council presents

A Monkey Baa Theatre Company production


Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas

Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry


Monkey Baa is thrilled to announce the return of its award-winning production The Peasant Prince in 2024. The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince is an extraordinary production of a remarkable story – of a peasant boy turned dance giant. It will inspire and enthral young audiences.

You have your secret dreams. Follow them. Make them come true.
From The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin

The Peasant Prince tells the remarkable true story of a 10-year-old peasant boy’s journey from impoverished rural China to the international dance scene. This is a story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope.

Li, a 10-year old peasant boy is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he loves, including his family. Over years of gruelling training, this boy transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene. Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life for himself and his family makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be. Audiences will be captivated by this very personal story, truly a 20th century fairy tale.

Monkey Baa's extraordinary production won Best Production at The Glugs and The Sydney Theatre Awards and a Drover's Award for the Best Tour in 2016. 

Suitable for ages 7-12.

It’s a vivid piece of storytelling that is skillful, theatrical and inspiring. It was a loving and honest adaptation of Li’s treasured memoir.
Stage Whispers 

Photos by Heidrun Lohr. Photos from 2016 national tour feature performers Jenevieve Chang, Jonathan Chan, John Gomez Goodway and Edric Hong



Presented by Rockhampton Regional Council. Part of  the 2024 See It Live Theatre Season.



Please call the Box Office on 49274111 if you have Wheelchair, Companion Card or Special needs requirements before completing your booking.

Ticket transaction fees may apply to purchases. Fees are based on your method of payment, delivery and the specific event you are attending.

EITHER a fee of $5.40 per transaction will apply for a booking made with the box office by telephone

OR a fee of $1.65 per ticket will apply for tickets purchased online.

Delivery charges if applicable are detailed at Check-Out.

Cash sales in person at the Box Office will not incur transaction fees.

These fees are current until 30 June 2024.


  • Thursday, 06 June 2024 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  • Friday, 07 June 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


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