Theatre by the Lake

Family Friendly shows in 2023

Theatre by the Lake have got a perfect programme lined up for children and their families to enjoy from February to May in 2023... with more to come!

Scroll down to our Family Friendly Calendar that you can down load and put on your fridge!

The Adventures of the Little Red Hen
Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company
Ages 3-10
Tue 21 – Thu 23 February | Tue 3pm; Wed & Thu 11am & 2pm
An energetic adaptation of this much-loved story, featuring a breath-taking combination of brilliant puppetry, live music and unforgettable comedy.

I Want My Hat Back Trilogy
Little Angel Theatre
Ages 3-6
Fri 24- Sat 25 February | Fri 12pm & 2pm, Sat 11am & 2pm
Following their hit digital series on Little Angel Theatre’s YouTube channel, and a sold out run at their venue, lockdown sensations Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde are back, showcasing their trademark cardboard design across the UK on the first ever tour of ‘I Want My Hat Back Trilogy’!

Inside the Igloo Live!
The Knotted Project & Hawk Dance Theatre
Age 3+
Sat 4 March | 11am and 2pm
Using projection, dance and storytelling, join us on our exciting, interactive family performance for children 3+ and their grownups. Children can join in with the story, interact with the performers as well as participating in a fun, engaging workshop that focuses on how we can look after ourselves, each other and the world around us.

Hey Diddle Diddle
Kitchen Zoo
Age 0-6
Tue 11 – Wed 12 April | 11am and 2pm
All nursery rhyme characters love to party, perform and have fun! Some of the most famous faces from your favourite rhymes are coming together to present a spectacular nursery rhyme cabaret. ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ features live music, puppetry, laughter, and lots of chances to join in. It lasts 45 minutes and every performance is relaxed, making it an ideal introduction to theatre for children age 6 and under and their grown-ups.

Pirate Bonnie
Fidget Theatre
Age 4+
Fri 14 April | 11.30am and 2pm
Join the crew on board the Good Ship Adventure! Set sail and discover forgotten legends of real female pirates. In typical Fidget Theatre style, this show is warm and witty with original songs and friendly interaction for children and their grown-ups, who all become Bonnie’s ship-shape crew.

If you’ve got older children, then there’s something wonderful on offer for them in 2023 as well…


BANFF Mountain Film Festival
Presented by Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Age 12+
Friday 17 – Saturday 18 February
Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival!

Around The World in 80 Days
Theatre by the Lake & Hull Truck Theatre
Age 12+
Friday 31 March – Saturday 29 April
All aboard for an adventure of global proportions as Around The World in 80 Days hits the stage! With the single-minded Detective Fix of Scotland Yard in hot pursuit, will Phileas Fogg and company manage to avoid arrest and make it home before their time is up? Based on Jules Verne’s timeless novel, this bold new production by writer Laura Eason transports the audience to the most exciting age of invention, with evocative music, puppetry and circus.

One of them Ones
Pentabus Theatre presents
Age 12+
Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 May
An uplifting new play about two siblings living in an isolated rural community trying to get their heads around gender identity.

by Sarah Middleton
Age 13+
Sat 13 May
‘SHEWOLVES’ is an uplifting coming-of-age comedy for teenagers and anyone who has ever been a teen.

The Lost Spells – A New Musical
Theatre by the Lake, Goblin Theatre, Watford Palace Theatre & Polka Theatre
Ages 6+
Wednesday 24 May – Saturday 3 June.
A fun, wild and boisterous show adapted from the best-selling book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. A girl with no name finds a magical book of spells that conjures up a wild world. Moths appear from nowhere; owls light up the dark; a red fox leads the way down a rabbit hole to a brand new wonderland. As our heroine journeys through the wild world, she learns the dandelion time, flies with a band of jackdaws and battles with conkers – all on a quest to find that which has been lost. ‘The Lost Spells’ is a show for all the family, full of music and dancing played live on stage by talented actor-musicians.

Our Christmas Production for 2023

Theatre by the Lake presents the World Premiere of
A Little Princess
adapted by Amanda Dalton from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Fri 17 November – Sun 7 January | various times
Join Sara Crewe as she travels from her idyllic childhood in India to a boarding school in a cold dark corner of England. Just as she begins to build a brighter world for herself and her new friends her life takes a terrible turn. Will her love of storytelling help her to triumph?Theatre by the Lake are excited to present a new adaptation of this children’s classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden). An uplifting story about the power of imagination and friendship for all the family.

Join Theatre by the Lake in 2023 for some exciting journeys of discovery!