Zinnie Harris’ new stage adaptation of the classic Dodie Smith novel, with music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge and book by Johnny McKnight, is a show with a lot of potential.

Originally expected to debut in summer 2020 but delayed two years due to Covid, it’s now on in the coveted prime slot of the Open Air Theatre’s summer season.

It stars the excellent Kate Fleetwood as the infamous Cruella De Vil and is packed full of puppetry – it has all the ingredients for a perfect summer’s evening in the park.