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The Basil Brush Show

Basil Brush and his human chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey) present to you a show jam packed with fun, storytelling and song.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Thu 9 Apr

£14 (£12; £42) / 01284 758000

The Broadway Theatre, Barking

Sat 4 Apr

£14 (£12; £42) / 020 8507 5607

Buxton Opera House

Tue 7 Apr

£14 (Children £12; £48–£36) / 0845 127 2190

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Chicken Licken

A children's show based on three Ladybird Book stories: Chicken Licken, The Little Red Hen and The Fox And The Hen.

Arts Centre Washington

Wed 15 Apr

£6 / 0191 219 3455

Lighthouse: Poole's Centre for the Arts

Thu 9 Apr

£7 / 0844 406 8666

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Sat 11 Apr

£6 / 02380 671771

Frozen Day

Drama session themed around everyone's favourite film Frozen.

North Merchiston Club, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£4–£5 / 0131 622 1757

Udderbelly Festival

A massive multi-arts festival takes over the Southbank for the best part of a raucous three months, with music, comedy, theatre and family-friendly shows aplenty. The 2015 programme includes stand up from Katherine Ryan, James Acaster and Richard Herring; bubble fun for kids with The Amazing Bubble Man; and circus…

Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sat 18 Apr

£10

The Amazing Bubble Man

Sun 19 Apr

£10

The Amazing Bubble Man

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Boxy & Sticky: Theatr Iolo

  • Directed by: Sarah Argent
  • Written by: Sarah Argent

A mischievous theatrical adventure for 2–5 year olds, and their families, featuring music and an opportunity to join a play session after the show.

Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff

Tue 31 Mar

£7 / 0292 030440

Wed 1 Apr

£7 / 0292 030440

Thu 2 Apr

£7 / 0292 030440

Mon 6 Apr

£7 / 0292 030440

The History Boys

  • Directed by: Kate Saxon
  • Written by: Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett's witty play, which is also a hit movie starring James Corden and Dominic Cooper, follows eight teenage boys on their journey towards academia.

Millennium Forum, Londonderry

Thu 14 May

£15.50; £16.50–£19; £18.50–£24 / 02871 264455

Mess

  • 3 stars

Olivier Award nominee Caroline Horton's play about anorexia and recovery. Ages 13+.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 15 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

What are you going to do when a tiger pulls up a chair and wants fed? This play, based on Judith Kerr's charming children's book, tells the delightful tale.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Mon 4 May

£11 / 01892 530613

The Corn Exchange, Newbury

Sat 20 Jun

£11 / 0845 5218 218

Sun 21 Jun

£11 / 0845 5218 218

Exeter Phoenix

Thu 9 Apr

£3–£5.50 / 01392 667080

Fri 10 Apr

£3–£5.50 / 01392 667080

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Wake Up Sleepy Bunny

A fun session for little ones exploring how to wake up the Easter bunny who has lost his bounce.

North Merchiston Club, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£4–£5 / 0131 622 1757

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Aladdin

A production of the evergreen panto tale of the boy with the troublesome lamp.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Wed 2 Dec

£10.50–£32.50 / 08441 717620

Aliens Love Underpants

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

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Sun 24 May

£12.65–£14.06 / 01424 229111

Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

Sat 27 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

Sun 28 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 482 1556

April Fools

Help the King's Fool create some comedy scenes to help his master laugh again. Ages 5–7.

Chichester Festival Theatre

Wed 1 Apr

£25 / 01243 781312

  • 10:00 – 15:30 April Fools Chichester Festival Theatre

Arabian Nights

Storyteller Sheherazade tells tales of genies, villains, heroes and princesses. For ages 5+.

Omnibus, London SW4

Sat 4 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7498 4699

Bedtime Stories by Upswing

Bedtime tales with circus company Upswing – slightly paradoxical in that you will still have to take the kids home to their actual beds at some point. Ages 5+.

Stratford Circus, London E15

Sat 30 May

£10 (£8; Family £30) / 0844 357 2625

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The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket

Henry and Bucket live in a world of discarded objects, they're best friends but sometimes they fall out. This play for ages 4+ explores friendship and what it takes to make it work. Presented by Barnstorm Theatre Company.

The Studio at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Mon 11 May

Over-4s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Tue 12 May

Over-4s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Wed 13 May

Over-4s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

  • Written by: Nicole Lewis

Les Petits Theatre Company and Greenwich Theatre present the tale of young Flinn who finds a pirate in his cupboard – and embarks on a swashbuckling adventure!

The Haymarket, Basingstoke

Wed 15 Apr

£13 / 01256 844244

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Sat 16 May

£5.50 / 01442 228 091

Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Sat 25 Apr

£13.50–£15.60 / 01422 351158

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Cinderella

Trio Entertainment's production of the classic fairytale, starring Abi Clarke from The Only Way Is Essex and Reece Douglas from Waterloo Road.

Thornton Little Theatre, Thornton-Cleveleys

Fri 11 Dec

£8 / 01253 858529

  • 10:00 Cinderella Thornton Little Theatre, Thornton-Cleveleys

Cinderella

A one-woman show using puppets and objects, Banyan's stylish and playful reworking of the Cinderella story explores its fascinating power in a fresh and imaginative adaptation.

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Wed 1 Apr

£8 ( £28) / 01603 629921

Wed 8 Apr

£8 ( £28) / 01603 629921

Dead Simple

  • Directed by: Ian Talbot
  • Written by: Peter James (book)

Adaptation of novelist Peter James's latest work.

Theatre Royal, Bath

Fri 8 May

£2.50 inc lunch; £10 / 01225 448844

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Dick Whittington

The evergreen panto tale of Dick Whittington and his cat who set off to London where, apparently, the streets are paved with gold.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Wed 16 Dec

£10–£27.75

Thu 17 Dec

£10–£27.75

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Mon 14 Dec

£10 / 0870 606 3536

Tue 15 Dec

£10 / 0870 606 3536

Thu 17 Dec

£10 / 0870 606 3536

The Dragon's Tale

A whimsical reinterpretation of the story of St George and the Dragon, told in a series of flashbacks by the ageing Dragon himself, and his troupe of glove puppets. Musical accompaniment is provided by an equally world-weary Damsel in Distress.

The Corn Exchange, Newbury

Sat 23 May

£5 / 0845 5218 218

The Edibles

A multi-sensory show full of magical ingredients. Three bakers are creating a specially ordered cake when a hungry mouse sneaks in and causes havoc. Ages 3–7.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Fri 22 May

£6.50 (£4.50; Children £4.50) / 01592 583302

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Thu 21 May

£6.50 (£4.50; Children £4.50) / 01383 602302

Cumbernauld Theatre

Sat 23 May

£5 / 01236 732887

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The Elves and The Shoemaker

  • Directed by: Niki McCretton
  • Written by: Niki McCretton (adapt)

Niki McCretton's adaptation of the classic children's story.

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Fri 10 Apr

£12 ( £42) / 02380 671771

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Wed 27 May

£8.50–£12.50 / 01284 769505

Thu 28 May

£8.50–£12.50 / 01284 769505

Friends Electric

A magical story about what it means to be human, featuring robots. From Visible Fictions. Ages 7+.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sat 3 Oct

£7.50 / 0131 529 6000

Performed in the Lafayette Bar.

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