Children’s theatre is back live on stage this summer with two shows heading to London.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea and Dragons and Mythical Beasts have both announced runs for this year.
The Olivier Award nominated stage production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, a musical play adapted and directed by David Wood OBE, based on the classic tale by the late Judith Kerr OBE, returns for its seventh West End season, opening at Theatre Royal Haymarket on 12 July playing until 5 September 2021. Tickets are on sale now.
Dragons and Mythical Beasts, a brand-new production featuring spectacular life-like puppets, written and co-directed by Derek Bond, will open at Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre in London on 13 August playing until 5 September 2021. Both productions will continue on tour throughout the UK into 2022.
Producers Nicoll Entertainment said: “The mental health and social benefits live theatre brings to children and young people should not be underestimated – from inspiring a love of reading and a greater understanding of language, to developing emotional intelligence and social bonding and crucially right now, supporting healthy young minds.
“The pandemic put an abrupt halt to all of this, and we are overjoyed that we can finally relaunch our shows and welcome families back into theatres very soon.”
David Wood OBE commented: “Team Tiger is thrilled to once again welcome our young audiences, with their families and teachers, to that special place – the theatre. The live theatre experience is brilliant at sparking children’s imaginations.
“I believe all children should be entitled to see exciting theatre; it can make them laugh, gasp, think, and feel – and, of course, entertain them. Given the chance to enjoy the story, the music, the magic, the costumes and sets, the sound, the lighting, and the audience participation, in a live performance – for real, before their very eyes – I believe children’s lives are enriched, their horizons widened, and their awareness and sensitivity heightened.
“Theatre, like all the arts, has the power to transform, inspire and delight. Those of us who create and deliver the work cannot wait to return to the stage. We are raring – and the Tiger is roaring – to go!”
Tickets for The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Theatre Royal Haymarket are on sale now here.
Tickets for Dragons and Mythical Beasts at Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre will be on sale soon.
Picture: The Tiger Who Came to Tea 2019 Cast Photo by Robert Day