Julia Donaldson’s stories on stage at Theatre Royal Winchester

Julia Donaldson’s stories on stage at Theatre Royal Winchester

Fans of children’s author, Julia Donaldson, have plenty of options to see an adaptation of one of her beloved stories – with Theatre Royal Winchester hosting four of them this spring.

From 8 – 10 March, the previously featured, Zog and the Flying Doctors, tells the story of the Flying Doctor crew of Zog (the dragon), Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout as they tend to the sick – and Pearl, with the help of friends, proving to her uncle, the King, that princesses can be doctors too.

Later, The Gruffalo’s Child tells of the creature ignoring her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse to tiptoe into the deep dark wood to see if he really exists. The award-winning picture book is adapted by Tall Stories whose shows (including Room on the Broom and The Elmer Adventure) have played in the West End and on Broadway, and features songs and laughter. The Gruffalo’s Child is at the theatre on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March.

In April, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book tells of a boy who loves reading – especially books about pirates and who tries to convince his sister that reading is fun. With puppetry and enchanting songs, the show is by Little Angel Theatre who use puppets to create stories and whose shows have played around the world; The Lowry arts centre; and Rose Theatre. Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book is at the theatre on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April.

Lastly, in late April, The Singing Mermaid tells of the mermaid who is tempted away to join a travelling circus but is tricked by the dastardly circus master. A perfect introduction to theatre for little ones with puppets, music and songs by Barb Jungr (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake), it is presented by Watershed Productions whose productions include Charlotte’s Web – The Musical and Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play. The Singing Mermaid is at the theatre on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April.

For more information or to book tickets visit: theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk or call 01962 840 440.

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