A summer of family theatre at Theatre Royal Winchester

A summer of family theatre at Theatre Royal Winchester

Photo credit: Rotten Royals by Mark Douet

Families looking for entertaining days and nights out during the British summertime – when the sunshine cannot be relied upon – can find something for everyone to enjoy at Theatre Royal Winchester this season – from music to comedy, magic and brilliant storytelling.

This summer’s programme of family entertainment begins with the popular favourite, Grease (Thu 20 – Fri 21 June) – when the young performers of Embley School take to the stage to present this iconic musical packed full of classic songs everyone knows.

Next, children get the chance to sing and dance to their favourite tunes, from the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and more, with Total Pop Party: The Concert Experience (Sat 20 July) – an excellent introduction for those too young for big concerts.

The comical Horrible Histories gang are back, this time with Rotten Royals (Sun 21 July) – crammed with outrageous scenes featuring the most revolting rulers and mad monarchs from Britain’s barmy past. This is history with the nasty bits left in!

Mr Toad (Fri 26 – Sun 28 July) tells the story of Toad Hall, which is under threat from the sly Miss Weasel, and Toad’s insatiable need for speed. Based on the classic, Wind in the Willows, Badger, Ratty and Mole also feature in a play filled with love, laughter and puppets.

Prepare to be amazed by magic from last year’s Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Cillian O’Connor (Tue 30 July), and London’s longest-running theatre magic show, West End Magic (Sun 4 August) – with mind-reading, ventriloquism, juggling, stunts and more.

Featuring magic, singalong songs, and a tea-guzzling tiger, The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Mon 5 – Wed 7 August) is a musical adaptation of Judith Kerr’s beloved story about Sophie and her mummy who have sat down for tea when the doorbell rings.

Dinosaur enthusiasts get to meet a world of pre-historic creatures when the interactive Dinosaur World Live (Sat 10 – Mon 12 August) comes to Winchester – including the mighty T-Rex, Triceratops, Giraffatitan and many more.

Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to support local young talent when Integr8 Dance host their annual dance offs (Sat 22 – Sun 23 June, Sun 14 July) and showcase (Sat 13 July), Winnall Rock School celebrate their 20th anniversary (Wed 17 July), and Rare Productions’ present Sleeping Beauty (Thu 01 – Sat 03 August).

There will also be the chance for young people to create a play from scratch and perform it to family and friends at the theatre with Playmakers’ Play in a Day (Mon 29 July) and Play in Two Days (Thu 8 – Fri 9 August).

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

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