The Tale of Despereaux
Book, music, and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.
Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo and the Universal Pictures animated film
Directed by Marc Bruni and PigPen Theatre Co.
Special Presentation · Roda Theatre
November 21, 2019–January 5, 2020
Running time: 1 hour and 35 minutes, no intermission
A musical adventure awaits you this holiday season when the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. brings its inventive and imaginative retelling of the beloved, Newbery Medal-winning modern fable to Berkeley Rep. The courageous Despereaux, shunned by his community for his love of stories and humans, shows a forlorn kingdom that even the smallest voice can change the world—and that it only takes a little light to reveal the truth.
An indie folk band that creates dazzling works of theatre, PigPen infuses this tale of bravery, forgiveness, and redemption with their masterful music, stunning stage effects, and witty performances. PigPen’s The Tale of Despereaux is a spellbinding musical treat that resonates with adults and children alike.
An important note regarding health and content advisories:
Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We will provide this information as soon as it’s available. We don’t offer unsolicited content advisories as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have concerns about content or themes, we are happy to provide details. Please call our box office at 510 647–2949 or email email@example.com.
Please note: Closed captioning will not be available for this show.
Current ticket prices
Premium: $70–100 · Section A: $55–85 · Section B: $40–75
$10 discount available for anyone under the age of 35
$15 discount available for anyone under the age of 18
We offer special pricing to groups of 10+. Check out our group and Entourage discounts.
Prices are subject to change at any time. Generally, your best bet is to buy early. Weeknight tickets tend to cost less than weekends.
Please note: For The Tale of Despereaux, all evening performances (excluding November 25) begin at 7pm.
PigPen Theatre Co. is already a phenomenon”
A charming and inventive musical! Beautifully realized, intricately staged and smartly conceived.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune
A fantastical musical journey! Charmingly whimsical—PigPen Theatre Co. has created a beautiful and spirited piece of theatre.”
It’s like watching child geniuses at play!”
The New Yorker
Enchanting! Despereaux delights with its ingenious props, inventive visual effects, and a grand fairy-tale set! While the story is simple enough for children to enjoy, it’s adults who will most appreciate this world premiere musical.”
San Diego CityBeat
Hats off to The Old Globe and PigPen Theatre Co.!”
San Diego Jewish World
Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending productions at an extremely discounted price.
- Friday, November 22, 2019
Teen Night begins at 6pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Learn more and reserve your space.