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Opera and Dusk for Young Vic winter

Published 29 April 2014

The Young Vic will welcome two new children’s shows into its Maria Studio this winter, with the return of Fevered Sleep and a brand new opera for children by English National Opera.

Following two sell-out runs of Brilliant in 2009 and 2013, internationally renowned company Fevered Sleep will bring its enchanting new show Dusk to the Southwark venue from 13 to 29 November.

An adventure exploring the meaning of home, family, change and reunion, the production combines film and live performance, inviting young audiences to experience a journey through forests, beaches, up mountains and into the centre of a city to witness how the world changes as seasons pass.

The show, which follows a group of creatures with furry tails as they wait for a friend’s arrival, is suitable for children aged four to seven-years-old and the venue promises that “Tails for all will be provided”.

Dusk will be followed in the run-up to Christmas by ENO’s take on Oliver Jeffers’ children’s book The Way Back Home. Directed by Katie Mitchell, whose previous family productions include the Olivier Award nominated Beauty And The Beast, Dr Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat and Hansel And Gretel at the National Theatre, the family opera will play from 11 to 23 December.

Boasting puppetry and animations that promise to capture the charm of Jeffers’ illustrations, the cosmic tale of a young boy who is befriended by a moon-dwelling Martian marks ENO’s first opera for children and is suitable for those aged five to eight-year-olds.

For those unable to get to the Southwark venue in person, the opera will also be broadcast live to UK cinemas as part of a three-season programme of operatic works for families.

For more information and to book tickets visit the Young Vic’s website.

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