As 2016 becomes a distant memory 2017 gets speedily underway. February is already upon us, and with it comes the potentially-dreaded half-term holiday. Stuck for an activity that will easily entertain the whole family? Look no further than the stage (of all kinds) for arty entertainment in the shape of glorious family theatre, a series of unmissable festivals in the UK’s City of Culture and the best of London’s West End. Below we’ve outlined three suggestions from our clients that we think will please all members of the family this February half-term.
The First Hippo on the Moon
Based on David Walliams’ original children’s book, this explosively funny space adventure sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon. It is brought to intergalactic life by Les Enfants Terribles’ (Alice’s Adventures Underground, Dinner at the Twits) sister company Les Petits Theatre Company (Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs) and is touring the UK until July 2017.
Back To Ours
As part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Back To Ours is a series of festivals which will see world class theatre, comedy, music, cabaret, circus, film and dance all be performed in the heart of Hull’s neighbourhoods alongside local talent over the half term holiday. Funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, schools will be transformed into cinemas, shopping centres into theatres and social clubs into big tops. The line-up includes Leeds band, The Pigeon Detectives, activist and comedian Mark Thomas in the multi award winning show The Red Shed, puppet shows The Story of Mr B by Shake Shake Theatre (suitable for children) and Meet Fred by Hijinx Theatre (suitable for over 14s), Picture House, a family film festival of Roald Dahl movies and the 2016 Edinburgh Festival award winning show, JOAN, performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson. Tickets for the debut festival start from as little as £2.50 and performances will be on at North Point Shopping Centre, Kingswood and Winifred Holtby Academies, The Freedom Centre, Archbishop Sentamu Academy, William Gemmell Club, Hymers College and Sirius Academy West.
Featuring the timeless songs from the 1992 animated movie and brought to the stage by the producers of The Lion King, Disney’s new West End musical Aladdin opened to critical acclaim at the Prince Edward Theatre in June 2016. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Dreamgirls) with music by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), Aladdin features lyrics by Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid), Tim Rice (The Lion King) and Chad Beguelin (Elf), who also wrote the book. Including songs such as A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights, with new music written for the production and over 350 magnificent costumes, the most breath-taking sets and special effects, Aladdin is an unmissable event in London theatre.