via Emma for The Old Rep, Birmingham
Give your family the gift of theatre this Christmas
The Old Rep’s 2016 season offers a wide variety of productions, from world class comedians, to top quality work for families, and cutting edge dance and drama.
If you’re look for a family day out this Christmas, and want to try something a little more unique than a traditional pantomime, then Treasure Island at The Old Rep is the perfect show for you. This family-friendly production is a play with music, not a pantomime, but still features plenty of audience interaction to enjoy and a couple of cheeky ‘he’s behind you’ moments. Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of adventure has been updated, with a feisty female lead in Jesse, a rapping parrot and a beautiful mermaid princess. With a catchy original soundtrack, secret handshakes a-plenty, and jokes for both parents and kids, this is a great family Christmas-time treat.
Treasure Island, at The Old Rep until 3 January. Tickets £15.95 (Concessions £12.95, Family £55)
The Old Rep have a great selection of affordably priced shows for children coming up in 2016. The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark, perfect for age 3+, is a beautiful stage adaptation of the novel by Jill Tomlinson. Blending music and puppetry, hear the tale of Plop, the baby barn owl who is scared of the dark. Young sailors can climb aboard at The Old Rep for Here Be Monsters, a sea-faring adventure packed full of songs, interactive fun and surprises in this exciting, brand new stage adaptation of the hit children’s book.
The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark, Mon 15 February 11am & 2pm. Tickets £12 (Concessions £10, Family £40).
Here Be Monsters, Sat 5 March 11am & 2pm. Tickets £10, (Family £36).
Stars of the future can hone their musical theatre skills with professional-level training in acting, singing and dancing at a very competitive price, with Musical Masterclass at The Old Rep. Each term lasts 12 weeks and leads to a showcase performance on The Old Rep stage. Expert teachers from Birmingham Ormiston Academy lead participants in 2 hour sessions, covering 2 disciplines each week. Suitable for ages 7-19.
Musical Masterclass Spring Term, Sat 9 January-Sat 19 March 10am-12pm. £150 for 12 weeks.
Gifts for him
Dads, brothers, boyfriends, uncles and other male relatives can often be very tricky to buy for! Try something a little different this year, and treat them to a night of stand-up comedy. Birmingham has always been a centre for world-class comedy, and new kid on block The Old Rep has a stellar line-up for 2016. From the feel-good Stephen K Amos, to the return of Lee Nelson following his sell-out gig in October 2015, and the excellent Hal Cruttenden, there is something to please even the trickiest man in your life.
Stephen K Amos: The Laughter Master, Sat 16 January 8pm. Tickets £17
Lee Nelson: Suited & Booted, Wed 3 February 7.30pm. Tickets £20
Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden, Sat 14 May 7.30pm. Tickets £16
Theatre and arts lovers will thank you for tickets to see the multi-award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum kick off their national tour of Light at The Old Rep. A stunning light design delivered through LED strips and torchlight illuminates this wordless production, which is inspired by George Orwell’s 1984.
Light, Thu 28 January 7pm. Tickets £12 (Concessions £8).
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