If you’re looking to try some family friendly theatre, then head to York Theatre Royal this year.
The Boy Who Bit Picasso is first up, happening from 19th – 22nd February in the Studio. Inspired by the book by Antony Penrose, the play offers the true story of how a young boy became friends with one of the greatest artists who ever lived.
On 24th and 25th March in the main house, Room on the Boom Live hits York. Based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the play focusses on a witch and her cat as they pick up some friendly hitch-hikers… but what happens when a hungry dragon appears?
The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel from 6th – 8th April is also one to look out for, as it tells an imaginative version of the classic story.
There are also plenty of one-night-only family-friendly shows, including English Touring Opera’s The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me (4th April, Studio) and Slime (15th April, Ballroom).
York Theatre Royal and tutti fruitti present Little Feet Festival from 17th – 20th June, a theatre festival for young children in both the main house and the Studio which features Sweet Dreams, Is This a Dagger?, Chores, The Gingerbread Man, Paper Moon, Dig!, and even a Pub Quiz for kids!
The ‘strongest girl in the world’ will be showing just how strong, brave and fearless she is as Pippi Longstocking comes to York Theatre Royal this summer from 31st July – 15th August. I’m particularly looking forward to this one as it was one of my very favourite films growing up.
The year closes with York’s new spectacular pantomime Cinderella from 4th December to 10th January – Jan 10. It’ll be a great chance for kids to experience a panto, which is no doubt going to be dazzlingly slick and professional. I’m a big kid at heart and I for one can’t wait!
Check out more info on all the shows by visiting the York Theatre Royal website.