YOUNG theatre goers are being invited to the Swan Theatre over the summer as a packed programme of theatre, suitable for a whole range of ages, is launched.
The season will kick off on Sunday, May 13 with CBeebies favourites Sarah and Duck in Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday, a brand new stage show featuring the many wonderful characters from the BAFTA winning CBeebies show.
Perfect for three to six-year-olds and using a captivating blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take families on a magical adventure into the world of Sarah and Duck and a host of their friends as they plan a birthday party in their garden.
Hot on its heels is a special 45th anniversary production of Pam Adams’ best-selling classic and one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. For families wondering why she swallowed a fly, all will be revealed at the Swan Theatre on Saturday May 26, as the People’s Theatre Company bring this enchanting tale to life.
Written especially for grown-ups to enjoy with their children, and featuring a feast of sing-along songs, colourful animal characters and heart-warming family fun, it’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102!
The next date for the diary is Saturday, June 16, when Doctor Dolittle comes to town in another brand new musical show for all the family.
Complete with original music, audience participation aplenty, and a whole menagerie of amazing animal puppets, the show is suitable for all humans from seven-years upwards.
Children’s Theatre and Events Programmer Sarah-Jane Morgan said: “The Swan Theatre is such a perfect space for children’s theatre as it is such an intimate setting. It makes children feel welcome, secure and relaxed in their environment.
“The other great thing about the Swan is that you can see the entire stage from every seat in the auditorium so children can really immerse themselves in the shows that are on offer.”
“Children’s theatre is such a wonderful thing. It can capture and engage a child in a far deeper way than television can – it’s like jumping right into a book.”
From July, the programme will extend to the newly opened Henry Sandon Hall, an exciting new multi-functional arts venue that is due to open on Worcester’s Royal Porcelain Works site this June.
Sarah-Jane added: “I am thrilled to also be developing a programme of children’s theatre for Henry Sandon Hall. The venue has the potential to provide children with the opportunity to experience live theatre on an even more intimate scale.”
The first family event at Henry Sandon Hall has already been programmed for Saturday, July 14, with Mystery and Mischief in Moominvalley – an interactive puppetry show for children aged 3-7, where children will be able to venture into the world of the much-loved Moomins.
Chris Jaeger, artistic director of both the Swan Theatre and Henry Sandon Hall added: “We are really excited to be offering lots of wonderful children’s theatre across our venues this season, and there is much more to come – watch this space!”
Visit www.worcesterlive.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01905 611427 for more information and to book tickets.