The autumn/winter season at Salisbury Playhouse has plenty to keep families entertained with a delightful selection of shows, including adaptations of much-loved classics, new stories that will ignite imaginations and even a comedy club.
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Hans Christian Andersen’s popular tale of a girl no bigger than a thumb on Saturday 10 October. Thumbelina is a beautiful introduction to theatre for those aged three and over using traditional glove, rod and shadow puppets.
Half term fun starts on Saturday 24 October with an out of this world show about galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets. The Star Seekers is for everyone aged three and over who has ever dreamt of flying to the moon.
Up in the Attic follows three children on an unforgettable bedtime adventure though the attic at the top of an old house. They are taken on a rollercoaster ride of story, song and surprises as they discover the delights and secrets hidden inside. Up in the Attic is perfect for those aged three to six years and is performed on Tuesday 27 October.
Bookstory is a puppetry treat for those aged seven and over and takes a look inside a very muddled library. This tiny puppet musical is a story of storytelling in the digital age and will be in The Salberg on Wednesday 28 October.
On Thursday 29 October The Ugly Duckling visits The Salberg. Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale is brought to life with puppets, live music and a generous sprinkling of theatre magic.
Comedy Club 4 Kids offers those aged six and over the chance to see comedians performing material written specifically for their age group. Visiting The Salberg on Friday 30 October, this is brilliant afternoon entertainment for all the family.
Under Foot gives the very young the opportunity to explore an interactive sound and movement installation. A unique soundscape is triggered as the audience moves across different floor surfaces, interacting with the performers through dance and play. This is a magical sensory experience for one to five year olds and takes place on Friday 30 October. There will be a special performance of Under Foot at 10.30am aimed at families with children on the Autistic Spectrum aged twelve and under.
Three acclaimed performance poets present One Way Ticket on Saturday 31 October – a dramatic insight into the British Child Migrants’ scandal in the years following World War II. This powerful and beautifully written story of hardship and redemption is a thought-provoking new work for those aged eight and over.
Breaking the Ice is a pre-Christmas treat for the very young and runs from Tuesday 24 November to Saturday 5 December. Aimed at those aged two to five years, Breaking the Ice tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a polar bear and a Husky.
The most magical pantomime story of all, Cinderella, is brought to life in a sparkling production for all the family to enjoy. Dazzling sets and costumes and songs audiences will know and love make this a must-see this Christmas. Cinderella runs from Wednesday 2 December to Saturday 9 January.
On Thursday 7 January there will be a specially adapted relaxed performance of Cinderella which is particularly suitable for those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder. Loud, bright elements will be reduced and a less formal atmosphere means audience members will be able to come and go as they please.
For tickets or further information please ring 01722 320333 or visit www.salisburyplayhouse.com.