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Family fun on stage at York Theatre Royal

Written by on February 7, 2020

Jump on board the broom with a witch and her cat.

Meet the young boy who befriended a great artist.

Play in a giant garden with lots of slime.

See the amazing adventures of the strongest girl in the world.

Enjoy a theatre festival for young children.

Accept an invitation to the ball and the most magical pantomime of all Cinderella.

Family fun on stage at York Theatre Royal

The ‘strongest girl in the world’ will be showing just how strong, brave and fearless she is as PIppi Longstocking comes to York Theatre Royal this summer (31 July – 15 August, main house) – just one of the family-friendly shows in coming months.

Inspired by Antony Penrose’s book, The Boy Who Bit Picasso (19-22 Feb, Studio) offers the true story of how a young boy became friends with one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Age guide 4+

The Boy Who Eat Picasso, Oxford Playhouse. CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Room on the Broom Live on Stage (24 & 25 March, main house) is a fun-filled adaptation of the bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat pick up some friendly hitch-hikers on their broomstick but – CRACK – it snaps in two just as the hungry dragon appears. This Olivier Award-nominated show is for everyone aged 3 and up.

The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me (4 April, Studio) continues English Touring Opera’s success in creating fun, engaging and interactive operas for children and young audiences as well as SEND (special educational needs and disability) audiences. The young hero Mackenzie discovers a pencil case full of magical worlds. Age guide 2-5.

The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel (6-8 April, main house) offers an imaginative version of the familiar story as a flustered storyteller and mischievous mockingbird follow Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. With live music. Age guide 5+

Enter the world of Slug and Caterpillar, then squish, squelch and play your way through a hilarious, surreal show called Slime (15 April, Ballroom). And yes, lots of slime is involved. Age guide 2-5.

York Theatre Royal and tutti fruitti present Little Feet Festival (17-20 June), a theatre festival for young children in both the main house and the Studio which features, among lots of goodies, Sweet Dreams (18 June), a new play by York writer Mike Kenny.

Andy Cannon, one of Scotland’s finest storytellers, asks Is This a Dagger? (18 June, main house) in his telling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Age guide 8+

Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the side-splitting duo of Chores (19 June, main house) have promised to do the chores their mother has asked them to do. Expect comedy and chaotic acrobatics. Age guide 3+

Stuff and Nonsense present The Gingerbread Man (20 June, main house) with a mix of puppetry, live action, music and humour. Age guide 3+

The interactive show for little ones Paper Moon (17 June, main house) finds Poppy and her dog Peppy launch across the canvas sky to rescue the MoonMoo. For ages 0 to 5 years.

Dig! (19 June, Studio) is a gentle first theatre experience for six month to two year olds. As the sun comes up on a new day, the garden wakes up bringing to life a world of growing plants, busy bugs and wriggling worms.

The festival ends with Pub Quiz For Kids (20 June, Studio) which was a runaway hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This family fun quiz is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The year closes with York’s new fun-filled spectacular pantomime Cinderella (Dec 4 – Jan 10) – more family friendly than ever before. General booking opens on 13 February. Box office 01904 623568. Online