Our Theatre Guide with Paula Walker

There’s nothing like spending festive family time at the theatre, and this season there’s plenty to choose from – whatever your age. Take your seats for our pick of the best with Paula Walker…

Moon on A Stick presents
Little Red Riding Hood
Monday 18 December at 2pm (Relaxed) and 4pm
Tickets:  £10 (Concessions £8.50)
Age guidance: 3+
A gentle introduction to pantomime for very young children told with beautiful puppets, music, dance and lots of interaction, so everyone can get really involved in Little Red’s journey through the forest. The 2pm performance is ‘relaxed’ and is particularly suitable for children with anxiety or any sensory needs.

Novus Theatre presents
The Yeti
Thursday 21 December – Sunday 24 December at 11am and 2pm (Relaxed performance 2pm on 23rd December)
Tickets:   £10  (Concessions £8.50)
Age guidance:  4+
A truly wonderful wintry family show just perfect for the run-up to Christmas and featuring the most enormous friendly Yeti! Follow two climbers on a dangerous mission to save a chieftain’s daughter – villagers say a creature from the mountain has taken her! Win tickets for your family to see the show with our children’s colouring competition; see Facebook for details.

Human Zoo present
The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon
Saturday 13 January at 7.30pm
Tickets:   £12 (Concessions £10)
Age guidance:  6+
A beautiful bedtime story, this show is ideal for any stargazers, astronomers or lovers of the night sky – young or old. With puppetry, movement, live music and clever effects explore humankind’s eternal fascination with the skies with this funny, touching and magical tale.

Kick In The Head presents
Old Herbaceous
Friday 19 January
Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10)
Described as ‘Downton Abbey with gardening tips’, this very funny, one-man show is a love story told through the eyes of the Head Gardener of a large house with all the class divides, wit and wisdom of a bygone age. It will warm your heart and leave you longing for spring.

Don’t Go Into The Cellar Theatre Company presents
A Pandemonium of Poe
Saturday 20 January
Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10)

What’s not to love about a company that names itself after a classic line from Rentaghost? Travel back in time in the company of the sinister Dr Trevellyan who weaves Edgar Allen Poe’s work into a theatrical exploration of the human psyche. Dark, Gothic and chilling.


Smokescreen Productions present
Tuesday 23 January at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10)
A brave and critically acclaimed exploration of notorious Nazi deathcamp doctor, Josef Mengele. Mengele undertook a programme of barbaric medical experiments on both children – especially twins – and adults at Auschwitz; he was never brought to justice for his crimes. This play, part of Bedford’s Holocaust Memorial Month programme, discovers him in 1979 on a beach. What unravels is an unsettling analysis of his psyche. Devised with close advice and support from the Holocaust Education Trust, this is an unflinching and brilliant performance.


Peppermint Muse present
Looking for William
Thursday 25 and Friday 26 January
Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10)
Put aside the image of Mel Gibson in his blue woad facepaint, and delve behind the myth of William Wallace with this humorous play. A historian is given an opportunity to curate an exhibition on Wallace’s life, examining the historical conflict between Scotland and England along the way, but her work breeds obsession – who was the real man?
The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford MK
40 3DE

More information and tickets available at www.theplacebedford.org.uk Tel: 01234 354321


The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s

Dyad Productions present
Christmas Gothic

Sunday 17 December at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 (concessions £10.50)
Age guidance: 14yrs+

Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit, as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season, lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the cold and chilling depths of the bleak, wintry dark…
Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition, by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights.
Adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography)


Papatango Theatre Company presents
Date: Friday 26 January, 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concessions)
Age Guidance: 13yrs+

Being a young mum is supposed to be hard – but for Hanna, the only thing she’s ever been brilliant at is raising her beloved daughter, Ellie.
Then, a DNA test reveals staggering news – Ellie is not Hanna’s child. And now her ‘real’ parents want to meet.
How can an ancient mix-up in an overstretched maternity ward be explained to a three-year-old? Is Hanna supposed to let these strangers into her daughter’s life? Forced to question what being a parent really means, Hanna makes a drastic decision that will change all their lives.


Out of the Blue
Tuesday 30 January at 7.30pm
Tickets: £14.00 (Concessions £12.00)
Age Guidance: All

Prepare to be hooked by Oxford’s premiere, all-male a cappella troupe!
With over 15 million hits on YouTube, these Edinburgh Fringe Favourites are sure to bring smiles all round.
Expect vocal acrobatics, eclectic repertoire and ludicrous choreography which never fail to delight.

The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, 26 St Peters St, Bedford MK40 2NN
More information and tickets available from quarrytheatre.org.uk  or on 01234 362337


The Stables, Wavendon
Scamp Theatre & Freckle Productions present
Stick Man
Monday 18 – Friday 22 December at 11.30am and 1.30pm
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 December at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Tickets: Adults £14; Under 16s £12; Family ticket £48 (two adults, two children)

Age Guidance: 3+
Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is coming to The Stables this Christmas! What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? This award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

The Stables,  Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU
More information and tickets at stables.org


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