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News Release - Issued by York Theatre Royal

Introduce Your Little Ones to the Magic of Theatre

Lots to see and do for families at York Theatre Royal

On Thursday 27 March as part of the York Literature Festival, two of Britain’s finest storytellers bring a mighty Homeric classic, The Iliad, to the stage, with a cast of characters who have fascinated audiences for three thousand years. Also as part of the festival on Saturday 29 March, families can see the enchanting Forest Of Fables – a show suitable for children age four and over, that tells a story through mime puppets, sounds and a small amount of dialogue and live music. York Literature Festival is at York Theatre Royal from Thursday 27 March to Saturday 29 March.

After its sell out success in 2010 The Wind in the Willows, starring Martin Barrass (York Theatre Royal annual pantomime and One Man Two Governors), who returns in a new configuration by York Theatre Royal’s Artistic Director, Damian Cruden. This production aims to surprise, delight, and to bring families closer to the action on stage. It has everything from boating adventures and woodland antics to slight mishaps with motor cars! You can see The Wind in the Willows from Thursday 31 July to Saturday 30 August.

From Toad Hall to family ties, York Theatre Royal and Tutti Frutti Productions join forces to present Monday’s Child. Looking at the unique bond between grandmother and child, this production uses music and dance to explore the discoveries we all make, as we grow older. Monday’s Child will be performed in the theatre’s studio space between Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 April. Families can also enjoy child friendly activities and workshops and the Little Feet festival where youngsters will get a sneak peek behind the scenes at York Theatre Royal.

The Bard comes under the spotlight from Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 March, as budding young actors aged between 14 and 16 perform adaptations of classic Shakespeare plays. This forms part of York Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre programme, which aims to build both theatre and life skills for those who aspire to tread the boards.

From Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 June families can enjoy a packed programme of events as part of the Little Feet Festival for children. The Little Feet festival includes a fun adaptation of Peter & The Wolf and The Science Museum Live with The Energy Show – Explore, experiment and explode anything and everything live on stage.

No matter what the weather outside, there’s lots to see and do for all the family at York Theatre Royal.

For more information about these productions and to book tickets, please visit or phone the Box Office on 01904 623568.


Notes to editors and listings information:

For more information and to arrange interviews, photos or press tickets, please contact Sophie Cann, Communications Manager, Tel 01904 550149



York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre

The Tempest, Julius Caesar & Macbeth – Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 March (Studio)

York Theatre Royal & Tutti Frutti Productions presents

York Literature Festival - Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 March

William Fotheringham: Racing Hard - Thursday 27 March

March, Women, March - Friday 28 March

The Iliad – Thursday 27 March

Austen’s Women – Friday 28 March

Forest of Fables – Saturday 29 March


Monday’s Child (Studio)

Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 April (& Tuesday 10 June - part of the Little Feet Festival)

Written by Brendan Murray


Little Feet Festival – Tuesday 10 –Saturday 14 June

The Little Feet festival includes a fun adaptation of Peter & The Wolf and The Science Museum Live with The Energy Show – Explore, experiment and explode anything and everything live on stage.


York Theatre Royal presents

The Wind in the Willows (Main House)

Thursday 31 July – Saturday 30 August

Adapted from the much loved Kenneth Grahame novel by Mike Kenny & Directed by Damian Cruden

Activities for families:

Improv Battle Workshop – Tuesday 8 April

Discover York Theatre Royal Day – Wednesday 9 April

Please Mrs Butler – Tuesday 15 April

Immersive Storytelling – Wednesday 28 May

Play in a day – Thursday 29 May