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The Gruffalo's Child: Tall Stories
Wilde Creatures
The Snowman


There are some wonderfully creative shows for families to enjoy this season. From classic fairytales and modern dramas, through to the utterly ridiculous, there's something to keep everyone entertained. 

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Our hero with the growing nose embarks on a quest to be truly alive.

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 1st December 2017 to 7th April 2018


After co-writing Matilda the Musical, Dennis Kelly now brings Pinocchio to life at the National Theatre. The new production will be directed by John Tiffany, former director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and will feature songs and score from the Walt Disney film, including I've Got No Strings, Give a Little Whistle and When You Wish Upon a Star. Audiences will take a journey with Pinocchio as he leaves Geppetto's workshop and embarks on an exciting adventure through alpine forests and Pleasure Island with Jiminy Cricket in tow.


The Gruffalo's Child: Tall Stories

Gruffalo Jnr. ventures into the 'deep, dark wood', against the advice of her sleeping father.

Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 7ES

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 22nd November 2017 to 7th January 2018


The sequel to The Gruffalo, which proved such a hit and a popular Christmas outing in the West End, The Gruffalo's Child is a stage version of Julia Donaldson's classic picture book story that kiddies just love, enchantingly told by Tall Stories with a winning simplicity. This time it's the Gruffalo's child who ventures into the 'deep, dark wood', against the advice of her sleeping father. On the search for excitement and a 'big, bad mouse', she meets creatures who come close but are nothing like the scary mouse - a snake, an owl and a fox. The cast of three manage to transform the book into a live stage show with remarkably few props and a host of infectiously catchy songs, not to mention some superb dance routines and non-stop drama. Recommended for children aged 3 and above.


The Snowman

Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to dance.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 23rd November to 31st December 2017


This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadlers Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over, staged in the Peacock Theatre, has become a much-loved festive tradition in London. Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to dance, the respected ballet company creates a winter wonderland of a stage show at their West End theatre. This is the theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas except infinitely more spectacular as a young boy's snowman comes to life and the two of them fly across the sky. When Father Christmas does appear it's in a shimmering woodland, surrounded by magical reindeer, dancing penguins and a host of snowy friends. As the first notes of Walking in the Air fill the theatre, the heart-melting factor will not disappoint as awe-struck children (and adults) are mesmerised by the dazzling light show of snow.


Wilde Creatures

The talented Tall Stories bring Oscar Wilde's classic fairy tales to life.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station


Dates: 15th to 31st December 2017


A month after staging The Gruffalo's Child at the Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, the Olivier-nominated Tall Stories present a new musical adventure for audiences of all ages at the Vaudeville Theatre. Wilde Creatures brings Oscar Wilde's classic fairy tales to life through imaginative storytelling and music and takes the audience on a fantastical journey through palaces, forests and beyond, meeting characters from The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose and The Birthday of the Infanta along the way.

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