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This Week 28th December - 3rd January

28 December 2015 Ryan Ormonde

Whether the season has reduced you to a childlike mentality or you are responsible for real children, here are some fun ideas for kids of all ages this week.

The Nutcracker

If you haven’t got tickets for either the English National Ballet or Royal Ballet productions of The Nutcracker, you might like to check out the Unicorn Theatre’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a retelling of the original story incorporating puppetry, or The Royal Albert Hall’s The Nutcracker on Ice featuring champion figure skaters. If Christmas has burnt a hole in your pocket however, The Victoria and Albert Museum has a couple of free drop-in events inspired by The Nutcracker: contemporary dance performances today and Thursday and interactive movement workshops on Saturday. Event times are 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

For more information, see website.


Sing-a-long Frozen

Very, very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Disney’s Frozen is the highest grossing animated film of all time. For fans, an invitation to sing along is not really necessary. For non-fans, there are worse places than the Barbican to endure a karaoke assault on ‘Let it Go’.

To book tickets, see website.


The Little Match Girl

If there are still tickets, The Little Match Girl at Sadlers Wells should restore a sense of enchantment after the inevitable post-Christmas anticlimax. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale and directed by Arthur Pita, this story is told through dance, song and original music. The glistening, snowy set design alone should erase the memory of unwanted presents and stodgy food. The final performance is on Sunday.

To book tickets, see website.


Little Red Riding Hood

In a year where many small businesses in London have faced threat of closure, even characters from fairytales have been affected. In this new musical adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood, the plucky Little Red ventures into the woods to save her family’s bakery. Writing duo Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary were also responsible for this year’s original musical Prodigy at St James’ Theatre. Little Red Riding Hood plays at the Pleasance, Islington until Sunday. As one song has it ‘Little Red is clever, Little Red is bright, Little Red will find a way to beat you in a fight’.

To book tickets, see website.


Get Happy

Told by an Idiot’s inventive and original family show Get Happy has returned to the Barbican Pit after its successful debut two years ago. The idea is a variety show for all ages that doesn’t underestimate the ability of children to acquire and navigate multiple reference points. As such, inspiration comes from everything from Dr Seuss to Pina Bausch. Physical comedy, live music, acrobatics and silly dancing all feature, and interaction is actively encouraged.

To book tickets, see website.

 

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