Available for Future Tours

Mermaid Theatre's Classic Show.


Leo Lionni's exquisite collage works are ideally suited for Mermaid’s unique approach to stage adaptation. The three Caldecott Honor books Mermaid has chosen for its tribute, SWIMMY, FREDERICK and INCH BY INCH, are among Lionni’s most beloved works. Their images are strikingly beautiful, and their texts are whimsical yet wistful. Swimmy is a tiny insignificant fish in the vast ocean who uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a mouse who is a poet from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail, makes everyday life an artful experience. The story of Inch by Inch features a lovable inchworm who is very proud of his facility for measuring absolutely everything, including a robin's tail, a flamingo's neck, a toucan's beak, a heron's legs, and a nightingale's song. All these creatures provide wonderful scope for translation to puppet theatre through the gentle storytelling style which has brought international acclaim to Mermaid Theatre. The approach to staging will follow in the elegant tradition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Guess How Much I Love You.

Available in: English Toured to: US, Canada Over 120,000 spectators since 2010 Recommended ages 3-8 yrs.

Activity Booklet
Relaxed Performance Information

Leo Lionni's
Adaptation, Design and Direction by Jim Morrow
Music by Steven Naylor
Based upon the books published by Knopf:
Inch by Inch © 1960 by Leo Lionni © renewed 1988 by Leo Lionni;
Frederick © 1967 by Leo Lionni © renewed 1995 by Leo Lionni;
Swimmy © 1963 by Leo Lionni © renewed 1991 by Leo Lionni
All rights reserved.

Narration - Richard Donat
Scenic Painter - Sarah Haydon Roy

Associate Designers - Deborah MacLean & Struan Robertson