Nov 27

Family and Children’s Theatre, Christmas 2017

Family and Children’s Theatre, Christmas 2017

Get the family together, put on your glad rags and head into town for some family theatre! It’s a bumper season with fantastic new productions at The Gate and Smock Alley Theatre amongst others. And if it’s panto you’re after, there’s plenty both in Dublin and nationwide. Here’s the pick of the performances . . .

We’re pretty excited about the brand new production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Red Shoes at The Gate Theatre, Dublin, which runs from next week to the 27 January. This is a brand new commission, set in Dublin, which incorporates the twin Christmas theatre must-haves of dance and theatre. This production is recommended for 8+ years (parental discretion recommended for under 12's). There is also fantastic new writing from Katie McCann at Smock Alley Theatre from 5 to 23 December with their Grimm Tale of Cinderella, (NOT the panto or Disney version, but an adventurous and heart-warming tale of a fierce young woman's triumph over hardship). Finally, our top pick for innovative family theatre is Theatre Lovett’s They Called Her Vivaldi, which has already been on an Irish tour but settles onto the Abbey’s Peacock stage from 30 November to 23 December. Theatre Lovett are well known for their fabulous and thought-provoking theatre specifically aimed at children, and this production (described as ‘’an upbeat comedy-adventure about a sensitive musical prodigy making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world”) sounds like another gem for families looking for something a bit different.

As far as panto goes, you can’t really go wrong with the many classic offerings nationwide. Snow White is having a moment with productions in both Cork and Waterford, while Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty are also in the spotlight at the Gaiety Theatre and Tivoli respectively. And there’s lots more to choose from in our list below!



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