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Lemony Snicket’s The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming

As part of its Chanukah events programme, JW3 presents an “absurdly funny” alternative show for the festive season.

The story begins in a tiny village more or less covered in snow, where a Chanukah Latke, a fried potato pancake, is born screaming. The Latke jumps from the boiling pan and races through the wintery village deep in the throes of festive preparations. Lost amongst the snowy landscape and Christmas lights, will our Latke ever find where it belongs?

This adaptation of American children’s author Lemony Snicket’s story is vividly brought to life with the unique physical and musical style of Tall Stories, the creators of the hugely successful productions The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.

JW3
Dec 15th – 19th & Dec 28th – Jan 4th

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