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The Gruffalo’s Child and the Highway Rat – Huddersfield Town Hall

Writer: Based on the books by Julia Donaldson Composer: René Aubry Conductor: Terry Davies Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Animations based on books written by Julia Donaldson are becoming a Christmas tradition, thanks to the BBC having released a new one, aired on Christmas day for the last few years.  What a great opportunity presented at Christmas time by The Orchestra of ...

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Room on the Broom – Lyric Theatre, London

Writers: based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Director: Olivia Jacobs Reviewer: David Guest A magical broomstick ride through one of the best-loved children’s books around makes a spellbinding return to the Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue this Christmas. Tall Stories Theatre Company brings Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-selling book Room on the Broom to life wonderfully ...

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W-hat About? – Platform, Glasgow

Dramaturg: Brigid McCarthy Choreographer: Giulia Montalbano Composer: Ross Whyte Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys An ageing Scottish hat maker is preparing for a visit from his teenaged Italian granddaughters who he hasn't seen since they were toddlers, in Fuora Dance Project's beautifully crafted dance drama, W-hat About? An international, intergenerational tale of misunderstanding, memory and remembrance, it moves from awkward introductions, communication ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Young King – The Ark, Dublin

Writer: Oscar Wilde Adaption: Nicki Bloom  Director: Andy Packer Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Australian theatre company Slingsby breathe new life into Oscar Wilde’s The Young Kingin an enticing and charming production. When a young boy, raised by an old goat herder in the forest, learns that he is the heir to his kingdom’s throne, his life changes at once. Thrown ...

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How to Hide a Lion – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Helen Stephens Adaptor: Peter GlanvilleComposer: Barb Jungr Director: Peter Glanville Reviewer: David Guest A magical children’s book roars into life as a spellbinding stage show thanks to the considerable joint talents of a Pigtails Productions creative team. How to Hide a Lion is based on the illustrated Helen Stephens book, which is warm and wonderful in itself. In the ...

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How To Spot An Alien – The Roundabout at Ordsall Park, Salford

Writer: Georgia Christou Director: Stef O’ Driscoll Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   New writing theatre company Paines Plough continue their tradition for programming children’s theatre in their incredible pop-up theatre space, The Roundabout. Landing like a space capsule in Ordsall Park the theatre in the round is an exciting place to enter for adults, never mind children. So to go on ...

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