The Atkinson Presents a Fantasia of Family Fun This Spring

The Atkinson Presents a Fantasia of Family Fun This Spring

The Atkinson invites families into a world of imagination this spring with a programme full of magical tales of 3 Bears, Cats in Hats, Stick Men, Ugly Ducklings, 3 Little Pigs and Ducks in Trucks!

On Saturday 14 March at 2.30pm the dazzling Stuff and Nonsense returns with a thrilling adaptation of everyone’s favourite beary-tale Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

They only went out for a stroll… to let the food cool down. Ten minutes, tops. But when the three bears got home the house was a mess and Baby Bear’s porridge had vanished completely! And that was just the beginning!

Broken chairs, unmade beds and a mysterious visitor who takes Baby Bear on a breathtaking adventure that turns his house and his world upside-down!

A brilliant mix of ingenious puppetry, music and mischievous moments for everyone in the family aged two and older than two!

Join in the adventures of the famous ‘under-dog’ in Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale of transformation, with Ugly Duckling on Saturday 28 March at 2.30pm. Brought to you in Thingumajig’s house style with beautiful puppet characters, live music, captivating story-telling and a generous sprinkling of theatre magic for ages 5+.

Expect towering hats, mischief and an imagination recharge with the classic and much-loved tale of The Cat in the Hat from Paul Taylor Mills this Easter.

From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home?

Based on the much loved book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is a lively and engaging first theatre experience for young children aged 3+. The Cat in The Hat runs from Friday 17 – Saturday 18 April, times vary so please check the website for more details.

May is a busy month for families here and we start with Little Pixie’s Production of What Became of the Red Shoes on Saturday 2 May at 2.30pm.

Granny Flo’s attic is full of old junk…or is it? One rainy day her curious granddaughter Ruby explores it and discovers forgotten treasures, including an old grey photograph of a girl wearing a pair of shoes which are mysteriously…red! 

Her imagination is sparked and she embarks on a quest to find the red shoes. On her magical journey Ruby meets a pirate, some helpful animals, a grumpy snowman and even has a trip to space!

This one hour family show is suitable for all ages 3+ and features original music and dance. It is also a beautiful children’s picture book written by Rebecca Little and illustrated by Hannah Lewis.

Stuff and Nonsense are back  on Saturday 9 May at 2.30pm with 3 Little Pigs, a real treat for everyone aged 2 – 7 and beyond chock full of puppets, music, comedy and thrills!

Building your own home is not as easy as it looks. For instance, what is the best material to use, will it be wind proof, will it be Wolf Proof!! There’s only one way to find out…

Following a smash hit West End season, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular children’s book Stick Man makes its way to The Atkinson on Friday 15 May at 4.30pm.

The world outside the family tree is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him and he even ends up on a fire!

How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?

This after-school treat for all the family is touching, funny and utterly original.  It features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Great for children aged 3 +.

Duck in a Trick – Live on Stage sees the return of the popular Blunderbus Theatre Company back to The Atkinson on Sunday 31 May at 2.30pm. This is the tale of a duck in a truck – a truck that was stuck in some yucky brown muck. A sheep in a jeep and a frog in a bush saw the truck stuck and gave it a push. But the truck stayed stuck!

Based on the bestselling book by acclaimed children’s author Jez Alborough, this funny, silly, yucky mucky show will have you giggling away, singing along and laughing out loud.
What now, can you guess? Could a goat in a boat get them  out of this mess?

Ducklings aged 3 – 7 years old will love this hilarious tale, but for those grown-up ducks who waddle along, they’ll have lots of fun, too. It’s totally quackers! But, don’t forget to wear your wellies!

The series of Make Your Own Workshops in The Art Box continues with Make Your Own Mother’s Day Gift on Saturday 14 March , we make Easter Bonnets on Saturday 4 April and finish of the season with Batik Eggs for Easter on Wednesday 8 April. Tickets are £3 and one adult goes free. For more information of these workshops and times please visit the family section on

If you are planning on coming to see one of The Atkinson’s children Theatre events then why not come a bit earlier and take advantage of the free arts and craft activities in The Art Box. They will be available from 1pm and run by our fabulous volunteers and will be themed with the performance. Each will involve making something to take home, or you may choose to leave it with us to decorate The Art Box.

All tickets to The Atkinson’s Children’s’ Theatre Events are £8 (£6 children / £24 family). For more information and to book tickets for all events,  please book online at, call Box Office on 01704 533333 or come in see us.

*Please be advised there is a £2 booking fee for booking over the phone and online bookings.

Posted on 26 February 2015 under General news

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