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Autumnal family treats at the Lyric Hammersmith

Published 2 July 2012

Lyric Hammersmith has announced its autumn/winter season with everything from classic fairy tales to brand new adventures playing as part of its busy family programme.

From 15 September a different kids-friendly production will play weekly at the venue. For the youngest of theatregoers highlights include Tucked In’s The Golden Cowpat (15 September), a new story told using enchanting storytelling and original folk music, Blunderbus’s new production of the best-selling book The Selfish Crocodile (26-27 January) and Oliver Jeffers’ award-winning story Stuck (24-25 November), which is brought to life by Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company.

There will be half-term fun for three to seven year olds with the return of Hiccup Theatre Company to the venue. From 30 October to 3 November, the children’s company will present family favourite Rumpelstiltskin, with plenty of mischief, puppetry and live music promised.

For children aged five and older, highlights from the season include Dumbshow’s acclaimed Clockheart Boy (21-22 September), which tells the story of a professor who vows to bring a boy washed up on shore back to life, Theatre Alibi’s garden-set Cabbage Heart (27-28 October) and Theatre Iolo’s funny look at the Grimm Tales (17 November).

There’s also festive treats in store with the first ever stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ famous picture book Father Christmas sledging in for a Christmas run, joining the previously announced pantomime Cinderella at the venue and reuniting the team behind last year’s Holly And Ivan’s Christmas Adventure, theatre company Pins And Needles and director Emma Earle.

Playing from 30 November, Father Christmas tells the story of one fated Christmas when jolly old Nick wakes up from a dream of summer sun to realise its Christmas Eve and he must start work on the longest night of the year.

For a full list of children’s shows playing at the Lyric Hammersmith, visit


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