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Sunday, April 30, 2023

‘It’s a compelling concept’: SNOWFLAKES – Park Theatre by The Family Stage

We’re partial to a dark and twisty grown-up show so our interest was immediately piqued by the press release for Snowflakes, a black comedy promising a cross between Black Mirror and Insid…

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

‘It’s brilliant to see underrepresented voices brought to life’: ALFIE’S FIRST FIGHT – Touring by The Family Stage

Oliver Sykes’ debut children’s novel is inspired by growing up as a keen amateur boxer in a single parent family on the breadline. Having long been a passionate advocate for underreprese…

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

‘Powerful & thought-provoking’: FOX – Touring by The Family Stage

Following a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019, and a Covid-induced hiatus, Katie Guicciardi’s FOX is finally out on tour. Inspired by real-life events, this witty one-hander off…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

‘Fantastically fun production’: THE FLYING BATH – Little Angel Theatre by The Family Stage

Overall, The Flying Bath at Little Angel Studios is a fantastically fun production which has pretty much everything you could ask of an early years show. It’s a brilliant celebration of th…

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

‘Electrifying evening of fear & laughter’: CIRQUE BERSERK! – Riverside Studios by The Family Stage

Overall, Cirque Berserk! at Riverside Studios does exactly what is says on the tin, offering up a real circus experience in a theatre setting. While it doesn’t quite have the same atmosphe…

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

‘A fantastic debut play’: THE BOYS ARE KISSING – Theatre 503 by The Family Stage

In a week where a petition to remove LGBTQ+ education from the primary school curriculum has reached the threshold for a parliamentary debate, you will struggle to find a more relevant piece…

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Friday, December 23, 2022

’An enjoyable trip to Neverland’: The Further Adventures of Peter Pan: The Return of Captain Hook – Fairfield Halls by The Family Stage

Peter Pan flies into Fairfield Halls this Christmas with a brand new adventure for all the family. The Further Adventures of Peter Pan: The Return of Captain Hook features a star-studded cas…

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Sunday, December 11, 2022

‘Brilliantly inventive adaptation’: SCROOGELICIOUS – Theatre Peckham by The Family Stage

Adapted by Geoff Aymer (the writer of last year’s excellent production The Wonderful), with Theatre Peckham’s artistic director Suzann McLean once more at the helm as director, Scroogeli…

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Monday, October 24, 2022

‘Often hilarious & surprisingly moving’: AN IMPROBABLE MUSICAL – Hackney Empire by The Family Stage

When you book tickets to a musical you would ordinarily expect to see a highly polished, carefully choreographed production where every line, step and song has been rehearsed a hundred times…

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

‘Enthralling, emotional & impactful play’: APPLES IN WINTER – Playground Theatre by The Family Stage

Apples in Winter is an enthralling, emotional and impactful play which will no doubt appeal to anyone with an interest in the criminal justice system but will resonate for so many more. A re…

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Monday, October 10, 2022

‘Gets the environmental message across in an entertaining way’: DINOSAURS & ALL THAT RUBBISH –Touring by The Family Stage

This year sees the 50th anniversary of Michael Foreman’s classic story Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish, a cautionary tale about environmental destruction which remains as relevant as ever. …

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Taking the family to the Edinburgh Fringe? The Family Stage is here to help by The Family Stage

We are wading through the ‘What’s On’ directory on the Edinburgh Fringe website to help you get to grips with it all. In the first of our Edinburgh Fringe previews, we’re focusing on…

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

‘Inspiring, empowering & uplifting musical’: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Touring by The Family Stage

Kate Pankhurst’s best-selling picture book Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is filled with fascinating facts about some of the amazing women who have changed the course of h…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

‘Brilliantly entertaining’: THE MINISTRY OF LESBIAN AFFAIRS – Soho Theatre by The Family Stage

When we received the press release for Iman Qureshi’s latest play, The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs, our interest was immediately piqued just by the name. And when we read on and discovered…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

‘Will inspire children to find the superhero inside themselves’: AIDY THE AWESOME – Touring by The Family Stage

The Gramophones are a female-led company making contemporary theatre that puts women and girls centre stage. They are currently on tour with Aidy the Awesome, an aerial theatre show for ages…

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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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