Theatre isn’t just for adults and this time of year there are many opportunities to get the sprogs away from the television or games machines and into a real life theatre where real people make magic happen before their eyes. If you are worried about your offspring having to stay up late to see a show then fear not because the Charing Cross Theatre is putting on performances of The Tinderbox at 11:00 in the morning. Deep in the forest, a young soldier called Brian (Samuel J. Weir) is … [Read more...]
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Everyone has heard the name Scheherazade, the unfortunate wife of a Persian king, Shahryar by name, who was aware of his duty to have a queen but so distrustful of women that he has them executed the morning after their wedding. Not necessarily the most appropriate story for children you might think but in the hands of Story Pocket Theatre and their production “Arabian Nights”, the tale of the wily and astute queen becomes a wonderful introduction to the magic of theatre. On a plain stage … [Read more...]
Safe to say this is one of the most well-known and much loved children's books set in Edwardian England. The 1970 film is iconic, often shown over the Christmas period and enjoyed by all age groups gaining new fans every time it is aired. I'm one of those people who have watched it over the years and could not imagine how it would be transferred to stage successfully. On arriving at the purpose-built 1000 seater King's Cross Theatre, you are greeted by period costumed ushers directing you … [Read more...]
Pantomime is one of those theatrical art forms that you mess with at your peril. Often this is the first introduction to theatre for young people and, when done correctly, can hook them on live theatre forever. The rules for pantomime are simple but set in stone. There is no ‘Fourth Wall’. Children (of all ages) don’t have to sit quietly, they can shout at the stage – in fact it’s encouraged – men play women and vice versa, there are songs and magic and there is a happy ending guaranteed for … [Read more...]
There are certain tell-tale signs that the festive period is upon us. Mince pies in supermarkets in September, emails from various hostelries reminding you to book your company Christmas party, etc. In my case, strange texts from my Mother in early December asking me what size shoes I wear. But whoever you are, a sure way to know the ‘holidays are coming’ is the arrival of superb family entertainment in theatres up and down the country. In London, we are blessed this year with two marvellous … [Read more...]