A visit to the theatre has the potential to be a life changing experience, as well as an opportunity for a unique kind of learning. It can touch the imagination, arouse curiosity, or fire an artistic impulse. Theatre can also be an exceptional resource, linking as it does to so many areas of knowledge: history, geography, language, citizenship, and much more.
Theatre teaches children important values, such as commitment and dedication. Most importantly, theatre teaches children how to grow into the adults that they want to become. It helps them learn morals and to accept others for who they are. For these reasons, theatre is essential for all schools.
Theatre has been proven to boost a child's literacy and promote creativity. It will assist in cultivating their curiosity and it will enable them to connect it to the importance of learning. It helps their young minds learn how to be subtle and flexible and it will teach them how to connect the head to the heart. In theatre, a child’s world is changed for the better.
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Oscar Wilde 1854 – 1990
Some of the best shows available for young audiences -
Barmy Britain Horrible Histories
Barmy Britain is the usual Horrible Histories blend of historical facts (you could be hanged for 160 different crimes in the 17th century) and pantomimic comedy, with lots of emphasis on the more revolting bits such as Roman bottom wiping or the process of hanging, drawing and quartering.
Starts 07.08.2013 – Tickets from £15.00 – Age 7+
Watch live as we delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science and do all of those things on stage that you're too scared to do at home! Ever wondered how much helium you have to ignite to make a really loud bang? Or what’s the best way to launch a bottle rocket inside a theatre? Find out all and more this summer at The Palace Theatre.
Starts 18.07.2013 – Tickets from £17.25 - Age 7+
As we all know, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo... how could there be, with his woodland body hair, uneven teeth, big white tusks, orange eyes and purple prickles? A jaunty mouse survives by telling tales of this imaginary beast… Until he becomes not so imaginary!
Starts 20.11.2013 – Tickets from £16.80 – Age 3+
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Following a 2012 critically acclaimed sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui transfers to the Duchess Theatre with Henry Goodman once more in the title role. Arturo Ui is a funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler shot through with razor-sharp wit.
Starts 18.09.2013 – Tickets from £23.50 Group Rate - Age 12+
The Lion King
Need we say anything more about this epic achievement in theatre? The multi-award winning stage production of the epic tale lights up the West End with a blaze of fabulous imagination. Everyone must see The Lion King.
Now showing – Tickets from £42.50 Group rates available from Oct13' - Age 3+