|The Cheshire Cat, by Marketa Prachaticka|
Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (the other is Funny Tales). The Theatre always boasted a cadre of famous faces, and this quartet is no exception. Lee Remick is an alluring Ice Queen, while Mick Jagger comes off surprisingly well as the Emperor whose life is renewed by a nightingale. And the team of Alan Arkin and Art Carney in The Emperor's New Clothes is golden. Character actress Conchata Ferrell is a lovely mother to Carrie Fisher as Thumbelina. This might be my favorite episode, as her picaresque adventures involve a host of vividly drawn characters reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows. For example, the late Burgess Meredith plays putative husband Mr Mole, who is obsessed with books and objects from the classical era and has her to tea in his subterranean den whilst reclining on a couch. Clever characterizations, costumes, and business throughout make this set a winner.