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Letting her hair down, to music

THE Christmas show at Bath Theatre Royal’s egg is a musical version of the classic fairytale Rapunzel, on stage from Friday 6th December to Sunday 12th January. Written by Annie Siddons, this modern musical adaptation starts when  an orphaned baby is rescued by an eccentric herbalist. She raises the child as her own, but her…

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Beatrix Potter family musical at Salisbury

A NEW  musical version of Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester opens at Salisbury Playhouse’s Salberg Studio on 9th December, and runs until 28th. Wiltshire Creative has commissioned this new adaptation for young children, written by Gareth Machin and Glyn Kerslake. Their previous collaborations include The Night Before Christmas and Little Robin Redbreast, both seen…

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Christmas – fun and behind bars!

CHRISTMAS plays to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange continue on Sunday 15th December with Squashbox’s The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness. Squashbox Theatre promises festive fun for young children, with songs, puppets, quizzes, slapstick and crazy characters at the performances, starting at 2pm and 4pm. Next up is Near-Ta Theatre, whose original take…

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Robin and his Merry people in Salisbury

THIS year’s Salisbury Play­house pantomime is Robin Hood, running from Saturday 30th November until Satur­day 12th January. In the title role is will be Gio­vanni Spano, an X Factor win­ner who has played Meatloaf in Bat Out of Hell the Musical and starred in Footloose and Rip It Up – the 70s. Nurse Nora Virus,…

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Time to Boing! again

SALLY Cookson’s award-winning show Boing! returns to Bristol Old Vic this Christmas, to the delight of younger children and their families. It opened in 2010 in the old studio space, and will now be staged in the newly-created Weston Studio in the historic theatre, running from 29th November to 5th January. Wilkie Branson reprises his…

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Hamlet in a time of political upheaval

AN exciting November at the egg in Bath comes to an end with the Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School students presentation of a  new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The nation is in mourning and political upheaval seems inevitable. When a young student is called home from university, he finds the world changed beyond recognition…

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A world of dreams at the Marine

A MAGICAL world of dreams and adventures unfolds for young children in Moonbeam on a Cat’s Ear, based on the book by the French-Canadian author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Saturday 30th November, at 2pm. This imaginative show with puppetry, movement and music draws children from three years old…

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Billy Pigs in Poole

NOISY Oyster is at the Sherling Studio in Poole Lighthouse on Saturday 23rd November for two performances of Three Billy Pigs. Aimed at audiences aged three and older and their families, the show blends two classic fairy tales, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billygoats Gruff, told with puppets and live music. Once upon…

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All that Chicago jazz at the Octagon

THE members of Yeovil Youth Theatre will introduce their audience to life in Chicago in the glory days of gangsters and their molls, on stage at the Octagon Theatre from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd November. The young singing, dancing actors will perform the High School edition of the show, now the longest running ever…

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