The Lyric Hammersmith has announced its 2013 season for children, with everything from driving pigeons to unicorn rides on the menu.
With a whole host of productions on offer for children as little as two years old to slightly more grown-up 10-year-olds, the Lyric Hammersmith’s spring will kick off in the February half-term with a new stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ How To Catch A Star.
Produced by Blunderbus Theatre Company, whose The Selfish Crocodile plays in January at the venue, How To Catch A Star will play from 19 to 23 February and tells the story of a boy who loves stargazing so much, he decides to try and catch a star.
Blunderbus’ latest children’s offering is just one of many highlights in the season, including the return of Puppetcraft, which follows up last season’s Circle Of Tales with the intriguingly titled Nobody Rides A Unicorn (9 March), and Lyngo, which brings back its hugely popular Egg And Spoon (4 May).
For fans of traditional tales with exciting theatrical twists, don’t miss Wolf Tales on 15 and 16 March as the big bad wolf reveals the secrets behind stories including Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs. There’s also fairy tale action from a puppet version of Pied Piper on 13 April and A Stuff And Nonsense Theatre Company’s version of the classic fable The Hare And The Tortoise on 27 and 28 April.
If you’re looking for something more adventurous for your little ones, set off on an epic adventure with a brave soldier and a beautiful princess in The Tinderbox on 20 April or join Georgie and Squeezy as they overcome their fear of spiders, crocodiles and aliens in Misunderstood Monsters on 11 May.
Alongside its programme of kid-friendly shows, the Lyric Hammersmith will also follow every Saturday show with a Messy Play workshop, where children can make a memento of the show. The craftiness continues at the venue’s Family Sundays where there will be a free all-day craft table on offer.
Visit the Lyric Hammersmith website for full details of its newly announced season.