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The First Hippo On The Moon

By David Walliams Let Petits Theatre Company From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams; comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? 3 …2 …1 …BLAST OFF! Adapted for the stage by Les Petits Theatre Company following their tour of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs and immersive hit Adventures in Wonderland. Featuring puppetry, music and a giant space race to the moon! The creative team have worked on such hit shows such as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Elephantom, Warhorse and Raymond Briggs’ The Bear. Saturday 22nd July  2.30pm Age 3+   £12.50 / Concessions £11.50 / Family ticket £44

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet

The very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams! Biff is not like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like weeing on lamp posts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina! Based on the bestselling children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, hand-crafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog! Brought to the stage by acclaimed Blunderbus, this hilarious new story for ages 3+ tells the very funny tale of a small dog with big dreams! “Brilliant fun!” The Guardian Age 3+ Time 55 mins 9th July 2.30pm £12.50/£11.50/£44  

Forest of Fables

Puppet Workshop & Show Every leaf shudders as the NORTH WIND puffs, in vain, to blow the traveller’s coat from his back. But when the SUN shines, the man removes it effortlessly and surprise puppet inhabitants come out to play in the fabulous forest! LION has problems with an annoying GNAT. FOX sniffs at tasty cheese and DONKEY, teetering on high heels, wants to be admired like LION! These are ancient tales from Aesop which still resonate today, performed with beautiful and inventive imagery. Age 4+ Puppet Workshop 12.30pm Before the show why not book onto the workshop where you put together your own puppets and props with the opportunity to showcase them during the show. Sunday 18th June   2.30pm Workshop 12.30pm   £11.50 Concessions

Sarah and Duck

Join Sarah & Duck on their flappy, quacky Great Big Adventure! For the first time ever, the adorably curious Sarah and her endearing feathered friend Duck can be see off the TV screen and live on stage. Through the magic of theatre and puppetry, all your favourites will be there… Umbrella, Scarf Lady and Bag, the Shallots, Flamingo & John, even Rainbow… and a guest appearance from Moon! These characters magically and imaginatively come to life on stage. So grab a cup of lemon water (and maybe a slice of bread for Duck) and join Sarah & Duck live on stage. It’s an experience that will be sure to live on in the hearts and memories of children and adults alike. Age 3+ Time 60 mins Sunday 4th

The Scarecrow’s Wedding

Scamp Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo DIRECT FROM THE WEST END The Scarecrows’ Wedding © 2014 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay invite you to . . .  The best wedding ever, the best wedding yet, The wedding that no one will ever forget.  Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows (they scare a lot of crows). Harry loves Betty, and Betty loves Harry, so they decide to get married and Harry sets off to search for their wedding day essentials including a dress of feathers, a bunch of flowers and a necklace made from shells. However, when

Sid’s Deep Sea Discovery

Sid Sloane is back! It’s raining outside but there are plenty of fun things to do inside with Sid and his dog Fuzzy. Following on from the success of Sid’s Show this time we venture into a fish tank to discover what a mermaid is doing with Sid’s TV remote control, who has her pearls and whether Sid can make friends with a dangerous shark! This exciting and colourful underwater adventure bubbles over with sea creatures, songs, stalagmites, stalactites and wave after wave of educational interaction. Once again Sid has produced a fantastic treat for the CBeebies viewer and their family. It’s a must see! Age 2+ Time 50 mins Sunday 9th April  11.30am & 2.30pm   £12.50 / Concessions £11.50 / Family ticket £44

A Pocketful of Grimms

Story Pocket Theatre Let the magical Storyteller whisk you away to a land of fables to explore some of the world’s favourite fairy tales. Featuring glorious retellings of Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin and more.  From the winners of the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award, 2014 and the Three Weeks Editors’ Choice Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2015. ‘..totally captivating…enthralling make believe.’  The Stage **** Age 4+ Time 60 mins Sunday 12th February 2.30pm   £11.50 / Concessions £10.00/ Family £38

Who’s Alice?: View The Looking Glass

Black Sheep Collective Alice’ is a girl, woman, object, memory, dream, fiction, fact. ‘Alice’ was, is, no longer. Or is she? ‘Alice’ ventured into a place known as Wonderland’ which followed her out again. ‘Alice’ was one of many but not anyone else knows that. Who’s Alice? Just View the Looking Glass. An abstract adaptation of ‘Through the Looking Glass’. Black sheep Collective take the audience on a strange and enlightening glimpse into the after math of Alice’s adventures through Wonderland. Alice’ left Wonderland but Wonderland didn’t leave ‘Alice. Friday 26th – Saturday 27th May    7.30pm   £12.00 Concessions £10.00

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)

Reduced Shakespeare Company and Seabright Productions present By Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, are back with another barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage – as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. In a better-late-than-never nod to the Bard’s 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement present this ‘new’ play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park! The show, mercifully abridged by the RSC from its full hundred hour running time to a more palatable ninety minutes, embarks on its debut UK tour following world premiere seasons at the renowned Folger Shakespeare Library and the Edinburgh Fringe. If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this

Metamorphosis

Theatrical Niche Waking to find himself transformed into a dung beetle one morning, Gregor must now seriously consider his options. One of the most resonantly strange stories ever brought to stage, this highly acclaimed adaptation by Steven Berkoff plunges into the extremity of Kafka’s dark humour, and reveals a tremulous human heart. “Metamorphosis” casts its beady eyes over the norms of society, illustrating the alienation of one painfully normal individual with deft surrealism. Theatrical Niche Ltd tour this wonderful monstrosity, using signature touches of Physical Theatre and grotesque ensemble Puppetry.  Awe-inspiring visuals in amongst a darkly funny and deeply disturbing modern masterpiece promise a jaw-dropping, belly-ache of an experience. Thursday 11th May     7.30pm   £14.50 / Concessions £12.50 / Schools £11

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