Keswick's local theatre is taking the hard work out of half-term and helping parents entertain the kids over the holiday week and right into spring with a fun-filled programme of events from February until April. From live music, clever puppetry and aerial circus skills to daredevil stunts, interactive theatre and street dancing, there's something to suit all ages and interests, keeping imaginations fuelled during the break and long afterwards.
The half term week kicks off with The Gingerbread Man
, a sweet treat of a show in the Main House on Wed 20 & Thu 21 February. In an exciting retelling of the much loved classic, audiences can join the bravest biscuit of all time on a series of culinary adventures just after he's been born in an oven and when the first person he's met has tried to dunk him in tea! The cleverly constructed production by master children's theatre makers, Stuff and Nonsense, features puppetry, great music and bags of humour; so inspiring in fact that you may have an uncontrollable urge to don your aprons and make gingerbread when you get home. Suitable for ages 3 – 10.
Next up is the nation's favourite grumpy ginger cat Sourpuss
, who visits the Studio on Thu 21 and Fri 22 February. Accidently shut out of the house, and a little upset about it, the frowning feline sets off on a journey of discovery and soon gets distracted exploring the great outdoors and all the wondrous sights, sounds and smells of the garden. From buzzing bees, stinky rubbish, chirpy robins and vibrant flowers, this playful show is a visual treat for little eyes aged 3+, and features string and shadow puppets crafted by hand.
On Sat 23 February Theatre by the Lake hosts Brainiac Live!
, Science's greatest and most volatile live show, perfect for inquisitive little ones aged 6+ who love experimenting. Based on the multi-award winning TV show of the same name, the entire family can watch from the safety of their seats as the Brainiac boffins explode dustbins, combust microwaves and perform daredevil stunts that also teach us about the weird and wonderful world of science. So strap on your safety goggles and get ready for a breathless ride.
Kids and families who love music can take part in Keswick Music Society's family concert, Giddy Goat
on Sun 17 February in the Main House. Telling the tale of Giddy, the mountain goat who's afraid of heights, the concert features a sprinkling of audience participation and inventive musicianship which families and friends of all generations will enjoy.
Looking ahead to Sat 23 March, renowned children's theatre company, TurnAround Dance Theatre, stage The Thief, the Fox & the Phoenix
which features spectacular aerial circus, dance, live singing and storytelling. Ideal as an end-of-spring-term treat, the whole family will enjoy this captivating folk story which tells the tale of a mischievous thief who goes on a quest to find an enchanted phoenix, and along the way, learns the true meaning of friendship.
Finally, explosive new British musical In the Willows
, based on the classic story, Wind in the Willows
, is hip-hopping onto the main stage during the spring holidays from 2 to 6 April. Starring Olivier Award-winner Clive Rowe and deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca as featured on The Greatest Dancer
, it also features soaring vocals and spectacular street dance and is a welcome return for Metta Theatre Company, who produced last year's sell-out spectacle Little Mermaid
. It tells the story of Mole's first day at her new school ‘The Willows' with her new classmates; streetwise Rattie, rich kid Toad and cheeky Otter - as well as Mr Badger the teacher. With ballads, beats, and backflips, this fresh new musical will be fun for the whole family. Suitable for children aged 6 +.
Theatre by the Lake's half-term programme runs from Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 February. Other children's shows are also programmed later in the spring term, with The Thief, the Fox & the Phoenix
on 23 March and In the Willows
from 2 to 6 April. See
or call the Box Office on 017687 74411 for more information about individual shows.