Children and young people's theatre
Birmingham students create online drama classesFirst-year students studying applied theatre at Birmingham City University have created DIY drama classes online for children and their parents to encourage them to take part in teaching together at home during the coronavirus crisis.
Double Puss 'n' good!Families can experience classic furry-tail Puss in Boots at The Dukes in Lancaster.
Coliseum opens a new Jungle BookOldham Coliseum presents a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous story The Jungle Book.
NE director to tour children’s version of Orwell classicNE born director Robert Icke is to tour a children’s version of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm.
Dragons and Mythical Beasts in Darlington and BillinghamA new interactive children’s theatre show is to visit Darlington Hippodrome and Billingham Forum later this year.
TV favourites at the DukesFamilies and little ones will see some of their television favourites on stage when CBeebies’ Sarah & Duck bring their live show to The Dukes in Lancaster.
National Connections for KeswickKeswick’s Theatre by the Lake is a partner venue for 2020’s National Theatre Connections festival.
Taking Flight launches Wales’ first youth theatre company for deaf performersThe official launch of the first youth theatre company catering for “D/deaf and hard of hearing performers” in Wales, under the aegis of renowned inclusive theatre company Taking Flight, took place at the Wales Millennium Centre.
Customs House selected for national programmeSouth Shields’ Customs House has been chosen to take part in the Future Arts Centres Here and Now project.
Customs House Takeover play director announcedSouth Shields’ Customs House has announced who is to direct this year’s play from the Takeover Young Writer in Residence.
Lost Happy Endings in Darlington starts tourballetLORENT begins a national tour of The Lost Happy Endings at Darlington Hippodrome.
A Ripper yarn for youth performersLiverpool’s Royal Court youth theatre and North West End acting school have combined to present a brand new play set in 19th century Liverpool: The Unlikely Candidate.
Monster of a writing challengeA creative writing challenge has been launched alongside the UK tour of A Monster Calls.
Children’s arts festival to be staged in LeicesterThe “largest children’s arts festival in England and Wales”, the Spark Festival in Leicester will present “unforgettable” arts experiences for young people aged from birth to 13 over seven days in February.
Epic poem takes to the roadsMurray Lachlan Young tours his family theatre show and virtual reality experience The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps this spring.
NE playwrights under 25: an opportunityThe Customs House in South Shields is looking for a NE-based playwright under 25 to become its third Young Writer in Residence.
The Little Prince lands in ManchesterThe Little Prince lands in Manchester when Z-arts host this new show from Fuel Theatre.
From January to May at The HullabalooDarlington’s Hullabaloo has announced its programme of play installations, workshops and performances for young children during the spring.
Just So much for Cheshire festJust So Festival has unveiled the first wave of programming for this year’s festival at Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire.
Young theatregoers benefit from appealTheatre by the Lake in Keswick has been making strides with its Christmas Appeal.
Dennis steps up as Elfluent steps downThe replacement for Santa’s Naughty Elf at the Customs House is announced.
£43,000 ACE grant for Mortal Fools YT projectArts Council England has given £43,000 over two years to Prudhoe-based Mortal Fools for its Youth Theatre Exchange Project.
Ducklings afloat in Exchange StudioThe Herd Theatre float their show for youngsters Ducklings in Manchester Royal Exchange Studio.
Oldham Theatre Workshop has a SecretOldham Theatre Workshop is back with another family Christmas musical: The Secret of Christmas Eve.
Family holiday time at Z-artsThe holiday season at Z-arts in Manchester is aimed at the whole family.
Christmas dance for kidsballetLORENT presents a Christmas creative dance course for children in Newcastle.
Gramophones record funding for new aerial theatre showNottingham-based all-female theatre company the Gramophones has received almost £60,000 from Arts Council England and other sources to mount a new aerial theatre show for families.
Pick up a Penguin for ChristmasThe Broadway and West End production of Mr Popper’s Penguins comes to Greater Manchester.
New commission announced for Midlands theatre makersA Midlands creative development programme is to commission a new piece of work from mid-career theatre makers for 2020.
Two helpings from Kitchen Zoo this ChristmasThis Christmas children’s theatre company Kitchen Zoo will be appearing at two different venues with two different shows.
Northampton reveals cast for Pippi Longstocking premièreNorthampton’s Royal and Derngate has announced the cast for the world première of Pippi Longstocking, one of its 2019 Christmas shows.
Derby Theatre casts Little Red Riding HoodDerby Theatre and Hiccup Theatre have revealed the cast of their Christmas 2019 production Little Red Riding Hood.
Double helping of Horrible HistoriesHorrible Histories Live On Stage heads to Storyhouse in Chester.
Scaredy Bairns at HalloweenScaredy Bairns is a family friendly Halloween experience deep in the woods in County Durham.
Melva tours to schools in 2019 and 2020Melva, a play about children’s anxieties and worries, tours to NE schools in 2019 and 2020.
Big Imaginations sought for child-centred showsThe Dukes and Lancaster Arts are set to host five family shows in October.
Touring News – February 2020Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month which includes more than the usual number of shows for younger audiences.
Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal
York Theatre Royal
The Children's Theatre Partnership and Royal and Derngate with Nottingham Pla...
Royal and Derngate, Northampton
Giraffes Can't Dance
Curve, Rose Original Productions and Simon Friend in association with Hachett...
Curve Theatre, Leicester
Father Christmas's Christmas Workshop
Scratch Built Production in association with Proteus Theatre
Proteus Creation Space, Basingstoke
Horrible Histories Horrible Christmas
Birmingham Stage Company and Derby Theatre
Opera House, Blackpool
1927, Edinburgh International Festival, HOME Manchester, Spoleto Festival USA...
Tobacco Factory Theatres, New International Encounter and Cambridge Junction
Factory Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol