There are theatre shows for all ages that will bring the magic of the season alive and add sparkle to the dark nights. Laugh, cry and make memories together with these brilliant productions.
We’ve picked our favourites below…
A CHRISTMAS CAROL // Theatre by The Lake
From 22 Nov 2019 to 11 Jan 2020
It’s Christmas Eve. Cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge grows grumpier and meaner than ever as Christmas Day approaches. When a ghostly apparition appears at his bedside, he’s whisked away on a startling journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.
Join us for one of the best-loved stories ever written in Dickens’ tale of redemption and compassion; a tonic to warm the cockles of your heart this winter. High-spirited and joyful, our colourful production features all your favourite characters and plenty of laughs: glorious family entertainment for Christmas.
Suitable for ages 6+
THE BIG SNOWY CHRISTMAS// Rheged
By Little Blue Monster Productions
From 7-8 Dec 2019
The glittering, snowy tale about a brave little bear who helps to save Christmas! It’s almost Christmas Eve. Daddy and Baby Bear are busy decorating their tree, when suddenly they hear a crash,bang, wallop outside their front door. It’s poor Santa, and he’s fallen from the sky! There’s no more flying for him tonight. But, who will deliver the presents in time for Christmas? It’s Baby Bear to the rescue! This hilarious, heartwarming tale is the perfect treat for Christmas with exquisite puppets, enchanting music and a magical snowy setting.
Suitable for ages 3+
CHRISTMAS TALES WITH GRANDDAD // Brewery Arts Centre
From 20 to 28 Dec
By Pickled Image Theatre
Granddad recounts a festive feast of Christmas stories by the fireside, tales include a special pair of Christmas pants and the mystery of a snowflake necklace – so gather all the clan and head over to the Brewery for some great fireside fun and storytelling.
Suitable for ages 3+
THE LEGEND OF THE JAZZ PENGUIN // Theatre by the Lake
From 10 to 29 Dec 2019
The North Pole Jazz Lounge is a magical place with a very special guest. It’s a wintery evening and it’s snowing outside, so come into the warm and join the Jazz Penguin…
We hear the tale of how the Penguin found the Jazz, on an adventure around the world meeting a variety of different musical animals from dancing eggs to a drumming Octopus. Expect tooting, trumpeting and bopping in this hilarious and Christmassy celebration of music. The Legend of the Jazz Penguin features original music, brilliant puppetry and lots of fun interaction that will have children jumping for joy.
Suitable for ages 2+
THE NUTCRACKER – ROYAL OPERA HOUSE // Brewery Arts Centre Cinema
Recorded in 2016.
17 Dec 2019
The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.
OUTSIDE THE IGLOO // Brewery Arts Centre
From 4-7 Dec
By The Knotted Project
Pixel, Crash & Click are not your normal penguins. Safe in their igloo, they play their way through life with screens and games, whizzing and karting along until one day, the power goes off! Led by Pixel, the three penguins step out of their igloo for the first time. They embark upon an adventure of discovery and magic, following cracks in the ice, scaling enormous mountains and swimming in freezing lakes. Stepping outside may have been the biggest adventure yet!
Suitable for ages 4+
SHOO SHOO BABY’S CHRISTMAS CABARET // Brewery Arts Centre
15 Dec 2019
Expect flamboyant costumes and water-tight vocal harmonising from the “effortlessly funny” musical trio, ShooShooBaby. A wonderful array of Christmas songs from the 1920’s – 2019, are performed on an eye-watering number of instruments including the piano, the zither, the musical saw and the kazoo. ShooShooBaby have been appreciated by audiences all over the world (fans include Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen) and have earned themselves a reputation for the quality of their singing and musicianship.
Age guidance 9+
FESTIVE PARTIES FOR KIDS
FATHER CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY // The World Of Beatrix Potter
From 14-23 Dec
Enjoy the magic of the World of Beatrix Potter at Christmas with either a party lunch (12.30pm) or afternoon tea (3.30pm), screening of the classic festive film ‘The Snowman’, a gift for every child and Farther Christmas on his sleigh. Children £16.50, Adult £22.
PETER RABBIT TEA PARTY // The World Of Beatrix Potter
From 27 Dec 2019 – Jan 4 2020
Join Peter Rabbit in a Winter Wonderland for scrumptious party food, our “Beatrix Potter” will read The Tales of Peter Rabbit and every child will receive a small gift and rabbit ears.