There’s no better family theatre experience than panto. Silly characters, stunning sets, dance numbers, sing-along songs and special effects, panto has something for everyone - kids, Mum and Dad and Nana and Grandad alike!
The spectacular production Jack and the Beanstalk at the Drill Hall (5 December – 2 January) includes all of those all-important elements PLUS a 15-foot giant - and as it’s the Drill Hall’s tenth panto there’ll be lots of anniversary surprises too!
Ahead of the festive season, there’s a huge Autumn of family entertainment, with particular emphasis on the half-term break. Heading up the action and fresh from a smash West End run is The Hunting of the Snark on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October. This wonderful adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic poem is a sparkling musical comedy adventure, performed by high-energy actors and featuring life-like puppets, catchy songs and lashings of daft humour. The perfect half-term treat for the whole family!
Or follow Penguin Blue and friends as they go on an acrobatic Antarctic adventure in Metta Theatre’s Blown Away on Tuesday 24 October, an innovative family show featuring breath-taking circus skills, magical puppetry and lots of songs.
Fans of Horrible Histories will love Snail Tales’ The First King of England…in a Dress on Friday 27 October. This action-packed storytelling show is suitable for ages 3+…and arrive early for face-painting.
And with lots of songs and dances to join in with, The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (Saturday 28 October) will have pre-schoolers giggling until they’re tired little teddy bears.
Also coming up this Autumn are three outings for Diddy Disco, the Drill Hall’s regular dance party for under 7s, the Happy Monday Club weekly play sessions for pre-schoolers, which includes storytelling, making, music and dance, Fishtank Youth Theatre for ages 7-11 and 11-16s and Hartbeeps weekly musical adventure classes for newborns, babies and toddlers.
For further information: T: 01522 808080