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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

‘Brilliantly accessible experience’: THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES – Polka Theatre by The Family Stage

Aimed at ages three to eight, The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Polka Theatre is a fun show with a moral message that remains as relevant today as it ever was.

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

‘A reminder of how essential it is to see diverse & authentic stories told on stage’: MOHAND & PETER – Southwark Playhouse by The Family Stage

Mohand and Peter are good friends with a lot in common. For one thing, they’re both actors pursuing their profession far from home.

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Friday, February 25, 2022

‘A powerful reminder about how important it is to feel seen & heard’: INSTRUCTIONS FOR A TEENAGE ARMAGEDDON – Southwark Playhouse by The Family Stage

The teenage years are the hardest to navigate. Everything’s changing. You don’t know what you’re doing and everyone around you is a walking cocktail of hormones.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

‘Toilet humour & good gags for the kids’: GANGSTA GRANNY – Bloomsbury Theatre by The Family Stage

David Walliams’ style of humour also tends towards the gross side. But in between all the fart jokes is a story with real heart that will resonate with adults and children alike.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

‘A fantastically fresh take on The Wizard of Oz’: THE WONDERFUL -Theatre Peckham by The Family Stage

In Theatre Peckham's rewriting of Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, the action takes place much closer to home than Kansas, and there’s no Dorothy or Auntie Em in sight.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

‘Breathing new life into such a well-loved classic’: BEDKNOBS & BROOMSTICKS – Touring by The Family Stage

Everyone has a list of favourite childhood films and, as you might expect from a family of musical theatre lovers, Disney films feature heavily on ours.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

‘A fantastically funny take on Sherlock Holmes’: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES – Touring by The Family Stage

The game is afoot. Or, perhaps more accurately, apaw. The Hound of the Baskervilles is bounding across the country, pursued by Sherlock Holmes and chums.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

‘The promenade performance offers a tour of the exciting new spaces’: RED – Polka Theatre by The Family Stage

Polka Theatre has finally reopened its doors after two and a half years, following major refurbishment works which coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

‘A fast-paced romp through one of Shakespeare’s daftest comedies’: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS – Wimbledon & Touring by The Family Stage

Scoot Theatre is out touring cricket grounds (plus a few other places) again this summer with two condensed, family-friendly Shakespeare shows. Alongside the return of A Midsummer Night’s …

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

‘It’s hard to pick holes in this production’: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Greenwich Theatre by The Family Stage

This was our second trip to Greenwich Theatre in a week as we returned to watch The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. The production was originally scheduled to run last Christmas but was unfortun…

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

‘Bringing together the past & present, real & imagined’: MAANIKA & THE WOLF Wolf – Polka Theatre by The Family Stage

There are some very nice ideas in Polka Theatre’s Maanika and the Wolf which make it far from an ordinary telling of Little Red Riding Hood.

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

‘Even the rain can’t put a dampener on the magic’: ARTHUR/MERLIN – The Actors Church by The Family Stage

Iris Theatre’s Arthur/Merlin is an interesting take on the tale, which fuses together the classic and contemporary and includes plenty of comedy to offset some of the darker moments.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

‘Filled with live music, laughter & just a few surprises’: WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD – Palace Theatre by The Family Stage

With the summer holidays just around the corner, the stage adaptation of the Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ picture book What the Ladybird Heard has just flown into the West End for a su…

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

‘Funny, moving & thought-provoking’: YOU ARE HERE – Southwark Playhouse by The Family Stage

After five long months, theatre buildings are finally back in business for in-person performances, meaning our calendar and credit card statement(!) are starting to look […]

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

‘Fun & engaging’: DINOSAURS & ALL THAT RUBBISH – Roustabout Theatre (Online review) by The Family Stage

Just like Michael Foreman’s classic book Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish, this makes for a piece of work with enduring appeal, rather than a stop-gap solution to not being able to go to the…

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

‘A masterclass in storytelling’: AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN – Barn Theatre (Online review) by The Family Stage

An Elephant in the Garden is a poignant production that will unite and delight generations of families as they are drawn into Lizzie’s tale of triumph over adversity.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

‘The script is jam-packed with jokes’: CINDERELLA LIVE – THE EASTER PANTO (Online review) by The Family Stage

Packed with new jokes and songs, Cinderella Live brings an immersive and interactive home experience through a live-stream performance.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

‘A masterclass in storytelling’: Grimm Tales for Fragile Times & Broken People – Creation Theatre (Online review) by The Family Stage

With the gimmicks stripped away, what’s left in Creation Theatre’s Grimm Tales for Fragile Times & Broken People is a masterclass in storytelling which, while not exactly heartwarmin…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

’An innovative take on the now commonplace online concert’: THE SECRET SOCIETY OF LEADING LADIES – Barn Theatre (Online review) by The Family Stage

The Secret Society of Leading Ladies is the brainchild of Ryan Carter and puts the viewer in control of a concert which sees five selected leading ladies brought together (digitally) under m…

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Theatre tips & treats for families looking for online half term entertainment by The Family Stage

After a gruelling half term of home learning, families across the country are gearing up for another half term holiday with nowhere to go. But staying at home doesn’t have to mean having n…

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Monday, December 21, 2020

’It’s 18 minutes of pure joy’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Polka Theatre by The Family Stage

Polka Theatre’s A Christmas Carol is a brilliant take on a traditional tale which feels more relevant than ever this year.

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

‘A fun, festive frolic for the whole family’: THE LEGEND OF MOBY DICK WHITTINGTON – Sleeping Trees (Online review) by The Family Stage

The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington is a fun, festive frolic for the whole family. So grab yourself a mince pie and kick off panto season in true 2020 style from the comfort of your sofa.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Roustabout Theatre’s founders reflect on a challenging but creative year by The Family Stage

The founders of Roustabout Theatre privilege have turned the challenges of 2020 into creative ideas and continue to find joy in sharing their stories and laughter with people of all ages.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

‘Brilliantly adapted for digital delivery’: PLAY-ALONG PLINK & BOO – Can’t Sit Still (Online review) by The Family Stage

Nothing can replicate the feeling of live and interactive like a production that is indeed live and interactive. Or so we thought until we watched Play-Along Plink & Boo.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

‘Has the audience engaged throughout’: UP, UP, UP & AWAY! – Super Stories With City Actors (Online review) by The Family Stage

With Up, Up, Up and Away, Super Stories With City Actors have put together a fun family adventure that successfully replicates the joy of live children’s theatre.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

‘A courtroom setting gets round socially distanced difficulties’: THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – Guildford Shakespeare Company (Online review) by The Family Stage

Guildford Shakespeare Company first performed their adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic in 2015. After a successful series of Zoom murder mystery evenings, they decided to recreate the…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

‘A cautionary tale about the importance of ideas & the value of human connection’: THE MACHINE STOPS – Big Telly Theatre (Online review) by The Family Stage

Imagine a world where social contact is limited by a raft of regulations. A world where everyone communicates via computer instead of face to face.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

‘As entertaining as it is educational’: LUNA – Roustabout Theatre Company by The Family Stage

It’s a brilliant piece of theatre which will no doubt capture the imagination of anyone interested in space, and is one of those shows which genuinely works as well (if not better) for the…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

‘The key to the show’s success is its simplicity’: The Polar Bears Go Up – Unicorn Theatre (Online review) by The Family Stage

The Polar Bears Go Up sees the Polar Bears off on an adventure to rescue a balloon, utilising multiple inventive methods of transport to climb higher and higher until, eventually, they end u…

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

From stage to sofa: A rundown of digital theatre available for families by The Family Stage

In this article, we’ll be rounding up everything that’s available for families to live-stream to their living room.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

‘Strong ensemble piece’: MACBETH – Greenwich Theatre ★★★★ by The Family Stage

Lazarus Theatre Company’s production of Macbeth effectively mixes the old and the new, adding to this sense that Macbeth is a cautionary tale for every era.

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All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 17, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre