6 of the Best Family Shows | Living North

6 of the Best Family Shows


Bear Hunt production
Calling all mums, dads, grandads, grannies, cool aunts and funky uncles... Unleash your inner child and impress the kids with a trip to one of these family-friendly shows


We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one, we’re not scared! First published in 1989, Michael Rosen’s family story is an absolute classic. Join the cast of this West End show as they squelch and splash their way through this rip-roaring adventure. One for all the family.

17–18 January, King’s Hall, Ilkley 01274 732000 www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

22–24 January, Forum Theatre, Billingham 01642 552663 www.forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk


One of Roald Dahl’s most memorable works, The Witches sticks in the minds of all those who read it. Now’s the chance to see it live at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, adapted by David Wood, to terrify your children into not being terrors as they wait for Santa to arrive.

Until 21 January, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 0113 213 7700 www.wyp.org.uk


Stuff & Nonsense promise to provide fantastic February entertainment for the kids as they combine puppetry, music, comedy and the odd slapstick spill in 3 Little Pigs, playing at the Carriageworks Theatre for two days. Suitable for those aged two and above, tickets also include a preshow hour of fun-filled activity.

16–17 February, Carriageworks Theatre 0113 376 0318 www.leeds.gov.uk


We all know and love The Snowman, but what do you know about Raymond Briggs’s The Bear? A beautiful story for youngsters of all ages, it tells the tale of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear. This version offers original music, powerful puppets and plenty of feel-good cheer.

22 February, Maltings Berwick 01289 330999 www.maltingsberwick.co.uk


See the iconic Brothers Grimm fairytale, The Musicians of Bremen, brought to life in Barnard Castle this February with puppetry, live music and circus tricks. Four animals are put out to pasture and find friendship against the odds – aww.

24 February, The Witham, Barnard Castle 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk


Théâtre Sans Frontières offer their take on David Almond’s tale about three runaway children and their adventures on the River Tyne. A proper Northern fairytale.

17 March, Alnwick Playhouse 01665 510785 www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk

Published in: January 2017

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