The Princess and the Sprout & Other Festive Tales: A Winning Mash-Up of Old & New

Sunday 16th December 2018 at Leeds Central Library. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Family shows which strike the balance between being child-friendly and genuinely engaging for all are relatively hard to come by. The shows which get past that first round rarely make it over the next hurdle: actors performing with a dash of kid’s TV energy rather than... Continue Reading →

Matilda the Musical (Tour): Roald Dahl’s Classic Finds a Perfect Second Home in Musical Theatre

Saturday 22nd September 2018 at Manchester Palace Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Roald Dahl’s Matilda is an undisputed modern classic and this stage musical from the RSC is truly worthy of Dahl’s original magic. It’s a whole lot of fun with a thin veiling of darkness and melancholy as befits any of Roald Dahl’s tales - but particularly... Continue Reading →

The Secret Garden: A Beautiful Adaptation of a Classic Children’s Novel

Wednesday 1st August 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel gets an affectionate adaptation from Jessica Swale in this production from Theatre by the Lake. As far as adaptations of classics and of children’s fiction go, this is beautifully done, paying tribute to the original with a few tweaks to... Continue Reading →

Holes: A Coming of Age Story with Lasting Appeal

Wednesday 4th April 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Louis Sachar’s modern teen fiction classic has lain dormant in many a heart and mind since becoming a staple of secondary school curriculums. This production from Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company directed by Adam Penford reminds us why this story remains a steadfast presence in memory. When poor... Continue Reading →

George’s Marvellous Medicine: Light, Bright and Breezy

Tuesday 13th March 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With the touring production of George’s Marvellous Medicine, it’s a case of good old fashioned family fun - with plenty of modernised moments. Curve Leicester and Rose Productions present David Wood's adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved story with simplicity and accessibility. The adaptation offers up one... Continue Reading →

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: A Grand & Enchanting Display of Imagination

Wednesday 6th December 2017 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As Professor Kirke tells our child protagonists; the mind should be like a parachute in order to function: open, and this spectacular production of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe glorifies exactly that, taking the audience on an adventure of pure fantasy. West... Continue Reading →

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