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Get ready for free theatre with Kids Week!

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 21 April 2008

The countdown to Kids Week 2007 has begun. The 10th anniversary Kids Week, with new sponsor Buckle My Shoe, runs this summer from 17-31 August (yes, it’s a whole fortnight) offering children aged 5-16 the chance to go and see London theatre absolutely free!

The deal is this: during that balmy August fortnight, one child aged 5-16 can go and see a participating show absolutely free when accompanied by a full paying adult, and two more children can go for half price. Booking opens in July on the Kids Week website (exact date to be confirmed), www.kidsweek.co.uk.

The website also has details of all the other activities and events surrounding Kids Week, because free tickets are just the half of it! In the decade since Kids Week began, around 20,000 children have taken part in one of Kids Week’s unique workshops and events, such as singing along with the cast of The Lion King, dancing with Chicago or stage fighting at the Open Air. In honour of Kids Week’s special birthday, this year’s activities will be even bigger and better, plus there is a whole range of events for under 5s, so they don’t miss out on the fun.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can enter a special Kids Week competition. To celebrate the partnership of Kids Week with sponsor Buckle My Shoe, we are asking kids aged 10-14 to design a pair of theatrical shoes and win the chance to help design the official Kids Week poster which will be displayed all over London. For more details and to enter, visit www.kidsweek.co.uk/competitions.

Details of which shows are participating in Kids Week and the exact date when booking opens will be announced shortly. To make sure you are first to hear all the details, subscribe to our fortnightly e-newsletter the Family Bulletin – relaunching with an brand new look on Friday 4 May – which will bring you all the important information about Kids Week in the months leading up to it. Just click here to subscribe.

Plus, the Kids Week team will be giving you an exclusive behind the scenes look into the preparations for Kids Week on officiallondontheatre’s blog, The Alternate, from Friday 4 May. Get the low-down on Kids Week and post your comments by registering (it’s free) at www.thealternate.co.uk



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