Here’s Paula’s top picks for your festive season theatrics!
The Place Theatre
Theatre Tours International present: A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens
Saturday 8 December at 7:30pm
Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)
Age guidance: All
Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson, veteran of many smash hit solo works, such as Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm and Shylock, now brings us Dickens’ classic festive fable. Famed for bringing multiple characters to vivid life, Masterson recreates Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Tiny Tim et al in an enchanting performance that will dazzle and linger long in the memory. Guaranteed to get you into the Christmas Spirit – in many more ways than one!
This starlight adventure blends intricate puppetry, captivating storytelling and an enchanting musical score. Join us, as we fold into sleep and explore the Land of Nod, a dream world, created especially for you.
Meet The Sandman, keeper of dreams, as he spins his umbrella of beautiful pictures. See where it lands and discover the wonders in store, when sleep takes hold. A story of tiredness, over-tiredness, wonder and waking up, Land of Nod explores the struggle of bedtime and the bliss of finally falling into slumber. A magical, multi-sensory production, filled with laughter, audience interaction, surprises and song, designed especially for children aged 3+ and their families. Children can meet the puppets and actors after the play.
Moon on a Stick present: Little Star
Monday 10th December at 11:00am and 2:00pm (Both Relaxed shows)
Tickets: Children £6 Adults free
Age guidance: 6-12 months (plus their adults!)
Meet Little Star in a show for little ones ages 6-18 months. Join her, as she swings from shooting stars, slides down crescent moons and bounces on fluffy clouds. Using puppetry, music and captivating visuals to delight a young audience, an intimate, relaxed setting makes this the perfect first theatre experience. Little Star features the popular song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, taking the audience on a journey with her, as she explores space.
Lamphouse Theatre present: Beauty and the Beast
Friday 14 to Sunday 16 December at 2:00pm and 6:30pm
Tickets: £10 (Concessions £8.50) Family ticket £32
Age guidance: 6+
A professional production of Beauty and the Beast, inspired by the original French fairy tale, packed full of live music, comedy and energy by Peterborough-based theatre company, Lamphouse Theatre.
Young Beauty’s life is changed forever, when her poor merchant father picks her a rose from the Beast’s dazzling castle garden. Beauty becomes mistress of the enchanted castle and befriends the misunderstood Beast, who lavishes her with gifts. But one day, Beauty breaks her promise and leaves the castle. The Beast becomes sick with heartbreak; can Beauty save him in time?
A tale of love and adventure, this classic story examines morals, truth, friendship, bravery, fairness and forgiveness.
Life Box present: The Yule Lads
Wednesday 19 to Saturday 29 December at 2:00pm and 6:30pm
Tickets: £10 (Concessions £7.50)
Age Guidance: 6+
It’s nearly Christmas and Thomas is very excited.
The mischievous Yule Lads will soon be visiting and he’s determined he’s going to stay up and meet his favourite, Sausage Swiper. The Yule Lads have never been seen by a human being though, so who knows what will happen if he manages to catch a glimpse? Blending Iceland’s seasonal legend of the Yule Lads with original songs and music written specially for this show, this is a heartwarming tale of overcoming adversity, friendship and the spirit of adventure.
The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE
Tickets and further information available from www.theplacebedford.org.uk
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s
The People’s Theatre Company presents: Santa In Love
Sunday 16 December at 1.30pm,
Tickets: £10.00 concessions (£9.00)
Age Guidance: 2+
Would you like to know the greatest secret of them all… the one about Santa Claus and the thing he secretly loves best. Could it be presents? Could it be reindeer? Could it be snow? You’ll never guess, so if you want to find out, then join Santa and his friends in this fun filled family musical complete with games, giggles and all your favourite Christmas songs.
A magical, fun-filled Christmas show, with singalong songs and lots of interaction, followed by a meet-and-greet with Santa that includes free presents for the children and photo opportunities!
John Leeson: A Dog’s Life
Wednesday 12 December at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concessions)
Age Guidance: 14+
An evening of reminiscence awaits!
Doctor Who is the world’s longest running science fiction series and one of the most popular characters to have appeared alongside Tom Baker and David Tennant is K9, the Doctor’s robot dog… voiced by John!
John Leeson: A Dog’s Life retraces some of his steps across a freewheeling and multi-faceted career as an actor, a hospital porter, a (failed) encyclopedia salesman, a radio and television continuity ‘voice’, a question-setter for the BBC’s ‘Mastermind’, a wine educator and writer, a magistrate, a collaborating playwright, a local political candidate, a provider of onscreen food for ‘Poirot’ – and latterly finding himself best known as ‘the voice of K9’ after nearly 40 years in the Doctor Who dog house!
John invites you to enjoy some of his memories, including those of some of the big ‘names’ he has worked with across the years!
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, St Peter’s Street, Bedford MK40 2NN
Tickets and further information available from www.quarrytheatre.org.uk