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English National Ballet: My First Coppelia

  • Written by: George Williamson

Coppelia tells the comic family tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 3 May

£10–£25 (Children £8–£20) / 01892 530613

  • 11:00

Sun 4 May

£10–£25 (Children £8–£20) / 01892 530613

  • 11:00

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sat 17 May

£11–£26

Sun 18 May

£11–£26

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sat 24 May

£11–£26 / 08441 717620

Sun 25 May

£11–£26 / 08441 717620

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What The Ladybird Heard

  • Written by: Julia Donaldson

The Ladybird has a plan to prevent a prize cow from being stolen. Based on Julia Donaldson's popular children's book.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Tue 27 May

£11 / 01727 844488

  • 11:00

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Wed 27 Aug

£12

Thu 28 Aug

£12

Fri 29 Aug

£12

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Wed 16 Jul

£13 ( £48) / 020 8561 8371

  • 10:30

Thu 17 Jul

£13 ( £48) / 020 8561 8371

  • 10:30

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…and at 12 other places

Shrek the Musical

  • Directed by: Nigel Harman

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical comes direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people. This production is directed by Nigel Harman, who starred as Lord Farquaad in the West End show and won the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a…

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Sun 25 Jan 2015

£17–£50 / 01224 641122

  • 11:00

Sun 1 Feb 2015

£17–£50 / 01224 641122

  • 11:00

Sun 8 Feb 2015

£17–£50 / 01224 641122

  • 11:00

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

A fusion of animation, puppetry, projections and music are used to tell the epic story of quiet hero Alvin's search for his wife's lost soul in the depths of the ocean.

macrobert, Stirling

Sat 24 May

£8 / 01786 466666

  • 11:00

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:15

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:45

Sat 10 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 12:00

All Our Yesterdays

Timeless Productions and the Memory Lane dancers take you back to the days of Dance Hall and through the decades from the 40s to the 70s, via every nostalgic classic you can think of.

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Wed 30 Apr

£12–£14 / 01475 723723

  • 07:30
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Too Many Penguins?

Frozen Charlotte Productions and macrobert present a show that packs fun, laughs, entertainment and penguins into the mix. Suitable for ages 1–4.

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Sun 11 May

£5.50 (£4.50) / 01383 602302

  • 11:30

The Castle, Wellingborough

Sun 25 May

Phone for prices / 01933 270007

  • 11:00

Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 9 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30

Mon 12 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 09:30
  • 11:30

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My Friend Selma

A storytelling performance and mobile museum documenting the real-life stories of refugees who fled the war in Bosnia as children.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Sun 27 Apr

£6.50 / 01592 583302

  • 10:30

Mon 28 Apr

£6.50 / 01592 583302

  • 10:30

New Lanark World Heritage Village

Mon 12 May

£6 (£3.50) / 01555 661345

  • 10:30

Tue 13 May

£6 (£3.50) / 01555 661345

  • 10:30

Wed 14 May

£6 (£3.50) / 01555 661345

  • 10:30
…and 2 more dates until 16 May

Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

Tue 17 Jun

£6.50 (£3.50) / 0141 287 0500

  • 10:30

Wed 18 Jun

£6.50 (£3.50) / 0141 287 0500

  • 10:30

Thu 19 Jun

£6.50 (£3.50) / 0141 287 0500

  • 10:30
…and 2 more dates until 21 Jun

a small story: eine kleine geschichte

Starcatchers and Theater o.N. present a world of objects and visual storytelling for 2–4 year olds.

Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 09:30
  • 11:30

Sat 10 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Wed 21 May

£6 / 01463 234234

  • 10:30

Thu 22 May

£6 / 01463 234234

  • 10:30

Fri 23 May

£6 / 01463 234234

  • 10:30

Sat 24 May

£6 / 01463 234234

  • 10:30

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Wed 14 May

£7.70 / 01224 642230

  • 10:30

Thu 15 May

£7.70 / 01224 642230

  • 10:30

Fri 16 May

£7.70 / 01224 642230

  • 10:30

Sat 17 May

£7.70 / 01224 642230

  • 10:30

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Saltbush

An interactive journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia where children are invited to explore, play and dance with the performers. Ages 4–8.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Fri 9 May

The Studio

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets available Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30

Sat 10 May

The Studio

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets available Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 11:30

Mon 12 May

The Studio

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets available Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:30

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 24 May

Main Auditorium

£8 (Family £21–£28) / 0141 552 4267

Part of Mayfesto.

  • 11:30

Universal Hall Arts Centre, Findhorn

Wed 21 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01309 690110

  • 09:30
  • 11:30

MHOR Festival

A huge array of activities are on offer at this festival, including baking competitions, a Great British Feast with food prepared by star Scottish chefs and many more activities for kids and adults alive. There's plenty to eat and drink, too – from a barbecue to an oyster bar, beer festival and a food market buffet. A…

Monachyle Mhor, Lochearnhead

Sat 24 May

£5 (Children free) / 01877 384622

  • 11:00 – 01:00

Sun 25 May

£5 (Children free) / 01877 384622

  • 12:00 – 03:00
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Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo brings its Jurassic creations to Scotland with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Wed 19 Nov

£12.50–£15 ( £10) / 01892 530613

  • 10:30

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sat 22 Nov

Phone for prices / 023 8071 1811

  • 10:00
  • 12:00

Sun 23 Nov

Phone for prices / 023 8071 1811

  • 11:00

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Sat 26 Apr

£12.50–£15 adv booking required / 01206 573948

  • 11:00

Sun 27 Apr

£12.50–£15 adv booking required / 01206 573948

  • 11:00

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Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised!

Racing Minds The Fringe hit returns for a fourth year! Racing Minds present an improvised comic adventure based entirely on audience suggestions – unique every day. A doddery grandfather can't quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help a mystery stuffed with hilarious characters, whip-smart wit and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Upstairs

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 24 more dates until 25 Aug

Ascendance Theatre Arts

Kids play selections from Oliver!.

Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru, Cardiff

Sun 27 Apr

Glanfa Stage

Free / 029 2063 6464

  • 11:00

Dalloway

Dyad Productions 1923: The War is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell shock, and their memories and dreams magically intertwine with those of 15 other disparate souls this hot blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of middle and upper class…

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Upstairs

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Upstairs

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Upstairs

£13 (£12) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Dogs Don't Do Ballet

  • Written by: Anna Kemp (book)

Biff loves the moonlight and music and walking on tiptoes. That's because he doesn't think of himself as a dog. Biff thinks he's a ballerina. A mix of puppetry, classical music and comedy, in David Duffy and Andrea Sadler's adaptation of Anna Kemp's book, illustrated by Sarah Ogilvy. Ages 2–6.

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Thu 24 Apr

£6 / 0116 242 3595

  • 11:30

Fri 25 Apr

£6 / 0116 242 3595

  • 10:30

Sat 26 Apr

£6 / 0116 242 3595

  • 10:30

Theatre Royal, Winchester

Sun 27 Apr

£6 ( £20) / 01962 840440

  • 11:30
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Not Now Bernard

  • Directed by: Ellen McDougall

Unicorn Theatre bring David McKee’s iconic picture book to life. Bernard has found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster, with unfortunate consequences. Suitable for 2–5 years.

Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Sat 26 Apr

Djanogly Theatre

£7 adv booking required / 0115 846 7777

  • 10:30

macrobert, Stirling

Sun 11 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01786 466666

  • 12:00

Norwich Playhouse

Sat 17 May

£9 / 01603 598598

  • 10:30 – 11:30

Sun 18 May

£9 / 01603 598598

  • 10:30 – 11:30

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Peppa Pig's Big Splash

All singing, all dancing puppet show with wee Peppa Pig and pals as they enjoy the rain and muddy puddles and try to fix the leaking nursery roof.

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Thu 17 Jul

£13.50 / 01383 740384

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Wed 21 May

£16 (Children £11.75; £49) / 02476 553055

  • 10:30

Thu 22 May

£16 (Children £11.75; £49) / 02476 553055

  • 10:30

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 8 Oct

£14.50–£21 / 0844 847 2325

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…and at 32 other places

A Collection of Grimms' Fairy Tales

Transforum Theatre - Kent State University Follow Hansel, Gretel, and Jacob on their journey through the forest. Using modern twists, creative shadow puppetry and animated storytelling, this heart-warming show asks you to re-evaluate classic tales and their morals. Grimms’ is suitable for all audiences.

AGA Showroom, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 23 Aug

Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Adam Bampton-Smith

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

City Hall, Salisbury

Sun 4 May

£12.50 / 01722 434434

  • 11:00

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Wed 30 Apr

£12.50 ( £46) / 01553 764864

  • 10:30

Derby Assembly Rooms

Sun 27 Apr

Great Hall

£12.50 / 01332 255529

  • 11:00

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Charlie And Lola’s Extremely New Play

Everyone's favourite brother and sister duo are back with a brand new play about friendship.

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Sat 7 Jun

£12–£13.50 / 020 8561 8371

  • 11:00

Sun 8 Jun

£12–£13.50 / 020 8561 8371

  • 11:00

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Wed 28 May

The House

£10.50–£12.50 adv booking required / 0121 236 4455

  • 10:30

Thu 29 May

The House

£10.50–£12.50 adv booking required / 0121 236 4455

  • 10:30
The House

£12.50 (Children £10.50 under 14s) / 0121 236 4455

  • 10:30

Fri 30 May

The House

£10.50–£12.50 adv booking required / 0121 236 4455

  • 10:30
The House

£12.50 (Children £10.50 under 14s) / 0121 236 4455

  • 10:30

Sat 31 May

The House

£10.50–£12.50 adv booking required / 0121 236 4455

  • 10:30
The House

£12.50 (Children £10.50 under 14s) / 0121 236 4455

  • 10:30

The Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford

Thu 21 Aug

£13 (£11) / 01865 305305

  • 11:00

Fri 22 Aug

£13 (£11) / 01865 305305

  • 11:00

Sat 23 Aug

£13 (£11) / 01865 305305

  • 11:00

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Clown: The Art Of Play

A performance based on play builds a direct relationship with the audience. When we play we are full of energy, alert and spontaneous; we look for playfulness in others and listen to creative impulses in ourselves.

Derby Theatre

Sat 14 Jun

£35 / 01332 593939

  • 10:00

Dance Show LIVE

Whether you're an up-and-coming dancer, a seasoned pro or a flat-footed newbie, there's something for everyone at this festival of dance, featuring performances, workshops and talks. Featuring Perri and Jordan from Diversity, Luke McFarlane (winner of Got to Dance) and many more.

SECC, Glasgow

Sun 24 Aug

£12.50–£16.50 inc workshops / 02920 799199

  • 09:00 – 20:00

Dotty The Dragon

An enchanting fairy tale adventure with a very happy ending. This clever new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of live music, fabulous puppets and high energy storytelling. Ages 3–6.

Ritz and Connaught Cinema, Worthing

Sun 11 May

£7.50 ( £26) / 01903 206206

  • 11:00

Winchester Discovery Centre

Sun 18 May

£6 / 01962 873603

  • 11:30

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Sat 26 Apr

£168 / 020 8688 9291

  • 11:00

Sat 3 May

£168 / 020 8688 9291

  • 11:00

Sat 10 May

£168 / 020 8688 9291

  • 11:00
…and 10 more dates until 19 Jul

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

'Sybil', 'Basil' and 'Manuel' recreate the chaotic John Cleese sitcom experience, while you enjoy a three course dinner. Nope, doesn't sound very safe to us, either. Booking is essential.

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Mon 11 Aug

£75 / 0131 556 6040

  • 10:00
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