KidsFest brings stories from the page to the stage with interactive plots, fun songs and a great dose of humour.
Three new shows will be introduced alongside past favourites across two venues: Victoria Theatre and KC Arts Centre – Home of the SRT.
Enjoy a Julia Donaldson Feast at KidsFest 2017!
As the UK’s award-winning author, Julia Donaldson needs no introduction in the world of children’s books.
Having ignited the imagination of young children worldwide, this talented author with a background in song-writing and performance graces the stage to perform at a brand-new show, Gruffalos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts. With a delightful combination of the most iconic characters from five of her best-selling books – The Gruffalo; What the Ladybird Heard; Zog; A Squash and a Squeeze; Jack and the Flumflum Tree – this stage production is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
But what makes the show so much more special is the five-member cast which includes Julia herself, Malcolm Donaldson, her husband who plays the guitar and Julia’s sister, Mary Moore.
After the hour-long show peppered with sing-alongs and audience participation, audience can look forward to meeting Julia in person at the book-signing session.
In addition to the brand-new Gruffalos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts, not to be missed are three other classics by Julia Donaldson – The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale and Stick Man. Back by popular demand, the shows are recommended for first-time theatre goers aged three and up.
Exciting shows in the line-up – with a blast into the past!
Also not to be missed is Shark in the Park, presented for the first time at KidsFest! Follow Timothy Pope on his day at the park, where he tries out his new toy telescope. What does he find through the lens? Could there really be a shark, in the park?
KidsFest also promises a historical and literary treat with a series of shows specially catered for the older kids and history buffs.
Think it is impossible to travel back in time? Think again, as Horrible Histories brings two unconventional lessons on the past, straight from the theatres of the world-famous West End. Like its name suggests, Horrible Histories Best of Barmy Britain delves into the craziest milestones of the country, and everything in between. The show will be packed with fun facts and colour personalities, from Henry VIII to Queen Victoria.
Awful, ancient secrets await you at Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians. Travel back to a time when pharaohs walked the earth; discover the mystery behind the mummies and what lies in stores for them in the afterlife.
Shakespeare’s Globe brings a refreshing twist to the classic romance by William Shakespeare at the one-woman show,Romeo & Juliet Untold. Revisit the tragic romance of the most famous star-crossed lovers from the perspective of the party planner of the Capulet Ball.