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Kids Theatre to Look Out For

6 April 2018 | Sian Brett

The Easter Holidays may be over but that doesn’t mean that the family fun has to stop. Seeing theatre doesn’t have to be a huge west end extravaganza, there’s plenty more to see a little closer to home or in smaller fringe venues. We’ve picked out our favourite touring or premiering family productions coming up.

War Horse
Hit National Theatre show War Horse, which toured internationally after a record breaking 8 years in London’s West End is not only on tour once more around the UK but there will be an autism friendly screening at The Lowry in Salford on 28 June. When Albert Naracott’s beloved horse Joey is sent to help the war effort, he too signs up to fight and to find his four legged friend. The autism friendly performance will have the sound and lighting softened as well as visual storylines available beforehand, with a relaxed attitude to noise in the auditorium to make the theatre going experience more accessible and enjoyable for those with autism.


Image Credit: War Horse via Twitter

You can see all the places that War Horse is touring as well as buying tickets here.
 
Awful Auntie
After the success of Gangsta Granny comes another David Walliams book adapted for the stage - Awful Auntie is going on tour around the UK, bringing wicked fun to your local theatres. Awful Auntie is the story of Stella, who goes on a trip to London with her parents and wakes up three months later with only her auntie’s stories to fill in the gaps in her memory. Stella must fight for her life and to keep her inheritance away from her awful auntie and her evil owl.


Image Credit: Awful Auntie via Twitter

Awful Auntie is touring from April to December across the UK. Find out more and buy tickets here.
 
Barmy Britain
Another successful touring show, Horrible Histories is back on our stages with Barmy Britain. Based on the hit book series and featuring brand new material, Barmy Britain is the perfect way to brush up on your history. The Horrible Histories crew are joined by Richard III, Queen Elizabeth I, Samuel Pepys and more to help tell tales of Britain’s disgusting past. It’s certainly the most fun way to learn that we know about.


Image Credit: Barmy Britain

You can see where Barmy Britain is touring to and buy tickets here.
 
Little Feet Fest
Leeds based company tutti frutti have teamed up with York Theatre Royal to present this five-day festival of children’s theatre and events for the fifth time. Held at the Carriageworks Theatre the festival has a party theme, and there will be balloons, bunting, music, interactive workshops and plenty of fun. From educational performances like Katie’s Birthday Party which explore being on the cusp of adolescence to the new musical adaptation of Michael Rosen’s poem Chocolate Cake, there is something for everyone at this wonderful introduction to the world of theatre for your little ones.


Image Credit: Little Feet Festival

Little Feet Fest will take place 12 – 16 June. You can read the full programme and buy tickets here.
 
Beginners
Tim Crouch’s Beginners at the Unicorn Theatre in London is a tale about how children become adults, but never really leave their childhood behind and it’s sure to be just as gripping a watch for adults as it is for kids. Beginners tells the story of three families trapped in a waterlogged cabin for their summer holiday. It’s a family show for anyone who wants to be understood.


Image Credit: Beginners

Beginners is on until the 15 April. You can find out more and buy tickets here.

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