Upcoming Shows for Children at the Everyman Theatre
Taking children to the theatre is a brilliant experience for them and can really inspire them. There are so many child-friendly performances, telling a whole range of different stories. There is also an excitement in the dimming of the house lights, and “real people” there on the stage, that you just don’t get at a cinema. We are really lucky to have the fantastic Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, so thought I would share some of their upcoming shows for children.
The Bird Show – 29th June 2019
The Last Baguette Theatre Company are bringing their new playful family comedy The Bird Show to The Everyman Studio Theatre this summer. Live music, puppetry and lots of silly bird puns feature in this heart-fluttering physical comedy about conservation, migration and imagination. Sally the House Sparrow and Henry the Heron live on a landfill site. Henry claims his previous abode was a lake in the grounds of a castle, but the dump is all Sally has ever known. One morning Henry is preparing to emigrate to more salubrious climes, when an unexpected event delays his flight plans… The Bird Show follow the birds on a zany journey to become friends while facing ecological threats to their habitat.
There will be two shows on the 29th June – at 2pm and 4pm, and with The Bird Show aimed at children aged 4 and above, it could be the perfect performance to introduce your kids to the theatre.
Mr Stink – 23rd to 27th July 2019
David Walliams books have become a bedtime staple in our house. His books are both funny and thought-provoking. Mr Stink is one of the best examples of this. Lonely 12 year old Chloe befriends the homeless Mr Stink and invites him to live in her family shed. This staged version of Mr Stink is bought to the Everyman by the award-winning Chickenshed Theatre Company in association with Sam Bradshaw Productions. The eight performances, with matinees at 1pm and evening shows at 6pm are during the school holidays, and will be a great way to celebrate the end of the academic year.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – 27th to 31st August 2019
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, retells the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours. This magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do, Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door To Me.
Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 1st to 5th October 2019
For older children, the multi-talented Watermill Ensemble return with a unique double bill of Shakespearean wit, humour and tragedy in two electrifying productions – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. Blazing with tension, energy and passion, experience a powerful new interpretation of Macbeth, the Ensemble’s boldest production to date. Fuelled by greed, ambition and desire, the Macbeths’ desperation to survive is reflected in the fierce reverberations of Johnny Cash, The xx and The Rolling Stones in this thrilling tragedy.
Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in the enchanted Athenian woods, secrets, love and mistaken identities collide in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, the Watermill Ensemble cast their spell performing the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage.
The Owl and The Pussycat – 21st November to 31st December 2019
The Owl and the Pussycat love each other very much, they long for adventures in a land where they can be together, and most importantly be accepted for who they are. Join them to celebrate Christmas time with the most wonderful journey, full of laughter, discovery and celebration, as they sail away on a pea green boat to find a place they can call home…
Join Hammerpuzzle at the Everyman for a new adaptation of Edward Lear’s nonsense poem. It is a story of joy, friendship and acceptance – and how life is so much more fun when you share it with the ones you love!
Cinderella – 29th November 2019 to 12th January 2020
The highlight of any family trip to the theatre has to be the pantomime. The Everyman’s annual, family-friendly pantomime is back in November. Cinderella features the hilarious return of Tweedy as Buttons, Cinderella’s best friend in this rags to riches tale. This will be a brilliant Christmas treat for all the family. Get tickets booked early for this!! There will also be a Sign Language Interpreted Performance on 4th January, an Audio Described Performance on 5th January and a Relaxed Performance on 8th January.