Children and young people's theatre
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.
Snow Queen casting announcedNorthern Stage has announced the cast for its Christmas show, The Snow Queen.
Wintry outlook for LancasterThe Dukes theatre in The Round in Lancaster will be transformed into a wintry woodland for this year’s Cinderella.
Stitching together Patchwork WondersInnovative theatre-makers Stitch Brothers present Patchwork Wonders for children at The Dukes in Lancaster.
Young gateway to cultureYoung people can now get free membership and exclusive discounts at The Dukes in Lancaster.
TakeOff 2019 shows announcedThe shows for the October 2019 Takeoff Festival of children’s theatre in Co Durham have been announced.
The Snowman flies into Peacock for 22nd yearBirmingham REP’s production of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman is to visit London’s Peacock Theatre for the 22nd consecutive year.
Young dancers and musicians Assemble in CroydonBassist Shri Sriram and dancer and choreographer Jose Agudo will present Assemble, a new work written and performed by young dancers and musicians aged 14–19, at Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
First Encounters with Shakespeare in the North EastThe Royal Shakespeare Company’s First Encounters programme is coming to the region in October.
Award-winning short film becomes play for childrenThe Deaffest UK award-winning Best Artistic Short Film is to become a play for children at Northern Stage.
Night Garden Live in ManchesterIn the Night Garden Live begins a first-ever tour of UK theatres with a brand-new show at the Palace Theatre Manchester.
Sunderland Empire launches a musical theatre schoolThe Sunderland Empire Academy of Performing Arts (SEA) launches this autumn.
BRB creates Dreams for ballet students on the roadAfter two events in Birmingham, Birmingham Royal Ballet is taking its Dreams project on the road, allowing ballet students of all ages to perform alongside some of BRB’s company dancers in a special public performance of a much-loved ballet.
The Place awarded Creative Europe grantThe Place has secured a €200,000 Creative Europe grant towards a €333,000 project with three EU partners, which will test a new model of developing dance performance for young audiences.
Lucy-Mae's sweet success in Mr StinkLucy-Mae Beacock was just nine when chosen to play Matilda in the RSC production of Matilda the Musical.
Polar bear on the looseA polar bear’s loose in Lancaster’s Dukes Theatre this September in an adaptation of a Raymond Briggs book.
A hip-hopera at Sage GatesheadStitched, a hip-hopera from New Writing North, is coming to Sage Gateshead in September.
Four-day writing workshop in Coventry for young peopleCoventry’s Theatre Absolute is looking for new members aged between 14 and 18 to form its first group dedicated to nurturing the voices of young people in the city.
Schools and theatres to get first encounter with Merchant of VeniceThe Royal Shakespeare Company is to tour The Merchant of Venice to schools and theatres in autumn 2019 as part of its First Encounters programme.
Young Everyman programme open for applicationsApplications for Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse’s Young Everyman Playhouse programme are open for 2019.
Children's summer school with balletLORENTNewcastle’s balletLORENT is to hold a dance summer school for 7- to 11-year-olds.
Belgrade calls for youngsters for Crongton KnightsCoventry’s Belgrade Theatre is looking for a group of people to play teenagers in Emteaz Hussain’s adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel for young adults Crongton Knights.
Rare Gilbert and Sullivan songs to be aired in Buxton Fringe showYouth theatre company PB Theatricals is taking on three new challenges with shows for those aged 10 to 18, one of which will be performed at Buxton Fringe.
New take on nursery rhyme at Buxton FringeGoblin Theatre is to visit Buxton Fringe with its show Hey Diddle Diddle, aimed at ages two to seven, as part of a UK tour of more than 40 venues.
Leicester and Kingston theatres to stage Giraffes Can’t DanceLeicester’s Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston are to stage a new production of Giraffes Can’t Dance at Christmas 2019.
Making something brilliant on TynesideCity of Dreams offers 45,000 chances for children and young people to #MakeSomethingBrilliant in NewcastleGateshead this summer
Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre performs in communityMembers of the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre's production group performed at the Pilgrim Wood Residential and Dementia Care Home.
Getting creative about the FutureHOME in Manchester has launched Future 20, its second year-long artist residency and training programme for emerging artists aged 18–25.
Taking the Spirit of the Sea to Tees ValleyTheatre Hullabaloo is to tour Tees Valley with an immersive show about children’s mental health for 7- to 11-year-olds.
Christmas in the North WestA look at the pantos, musicals, family shows and other theatre productions that will be playing in the North West over the festive period.
Tobacco Factory Theatres, New International Encounter and Cambridge Junction
Factory Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
I Wish I Was A Mountain
the egg / Travelling Light / Theatr Iolo
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
Theatre Royal Stratford East and English National Opera
Theatre Royal, Stratford East