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There's some big fun for the little 'uns; Not sure what to do with the kids over the summer? CATHERINE VONLEDEBUR dips into the many theatre attractions on the way over the coming months.


Tree Fu Tom Live! The Studio, Royal Spa Centre & Town Hall, Leamington Spa. May 26, 1pm and 3:30pm The world's smallest superhero takes to the stage in Leamington on his first ever UK 'live' tour in 2015.

Young fans of the CBeebies show will be able to follow the adventures of Tom, Twigs and friends on an action-packed adventure through the magical world of Treetopolis.

Aimed at children aged 4 - 8-yearolds.

Tickets: PS12.50, PS10.50 concessions. HANSEL AND GRETEL B2, The Belgrade, Coventry, May 7 - 9. This is a family-friendly opera staged by Coventry's High Time Opera and The Belgrade.

This story of a hungry and poor brother and sister is brought to life by cast of singers whose credits include the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

A chorus of children from 10 schools across Coventry have been given their very first taste of opera. 7655 3055 AS YOU LIKE IT AND MACBETH Playbox Theatre, The Dream Factory, Warwick. April 23 - May 2, 3pm and 7.30pm Playbox's Shakespeare Young Company (SYC) open their 2015 season on Shakespeare's birthday - April 23 - with two Shakespeare plays, a comedy and a dark tragedy.

For SYC, 16-year-old Eva O'Hara leads a cast of 17 as Rosalind in As You Like It; while 18-year-old Jamie Watt and Martha Markham, aged 16 will play murderous Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Times vary. Tickets: PS12, PS8 concessions. 419555 ext 2 OLIVER! The Belgrade Theatre, May 21 - 23 More than 80 children will be taking part in Coventry Musical Theatre Society's musical version of Charles Dickens Victorian about an orphan boy who befriends a gang of child thieves and pick-pockets in London.

Horrible Histories, GROOVY GREEKS & INCREDIBLE INVADERS The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, May 26 - 30 Historical figures and events are brought to life on stage by a cast of inventive actors and 3D special effects.

From savage Sparta to angry Athens, discover the truth about growing up in Greece.

It's a thousand year journey with Incredible Invaders including the Ruthless Romans, the Savage Saxons and the Vicious Vikings Tickets: from PS14.25 (adults) and PS9.75 (children) 7655 3055.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Rugby Theatre, May 9 - 11 tickets PS11 A new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman marks the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank's death in March 1956, aged 15.

It tells the true story of eight people hiding from the Nazi's in an Amsterdam attic. The play weaves together the original stage play, newly discovered writings from the Diary of Anne Frank and survivor accounts.

Tickets: PS11. 541234 Aliens Love Underpants Warwick Arts Centre, May 29 - 31 Claire Freedman and Ben Cort's best-selling children's picture book is brought to life on stage for the very first time. PS12.50 (PS10.50) 7652 4524 WARWICK FAMILY DAY May 31 A celebration of the start of summer for the whole family with interactive theatre including The Boy Who Bit Picasso and Along the Riverbank inspired by Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows, both for ages 4+, games, food, sports, films and crafts.

Jamie Watt | 7652 4524 The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, June 16 - 20 Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, this is the story of eight-year-old Bruno, the son of a Nazi concentration camp commandant who befriends a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence. An emotional tale with startling and devastating consequences. 7655 3055 Stick Man Warwick Arts Centre, June 22 Scamp Theatre's delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's hugely popular children's book. 7652 4524 THE BOY WHO BECAME A BEETLE Warwick Arts Centre June 26 A funny, messy and moving new show for everyone who knows what it's like to feel different.

Created with young children as part of Little Earthquakes Young Producers Project. For ages 7+ 7652 4524 JULY FESTIVAL OF THEATRE BY YOUNG PEOPLE, FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Belgrade Theatre, July 8 - 21 This two-week festival includes seven productions by the Belgrade's Youth and Community groups.

Issues tackled raise from the impact of schooling, love, perceptions of Islam and radicalisation and what makes boys and girls different.

They will be working with artists from companies around the UK such as Frantic Assembly, the RSC, Vamos Theatre, Gateway Studio Project, Theatre Absolute, Ludic Rooms and Highly Sprung.

It culminates in a weekend of performances, workshops, talks and interactive events from July 17 - 21. 7655 3055 RUN AWAY TO THE CIRCUS Warwick Arts Centre Mon 27 - Fri 31 July A week-long performance making adventure with Coventry's Highly Sprung performance company in the summer holidays for children aged 8 - 11.

in Macbeth PS125 7652 4524 MAKE IT REEL SUMMER FILM SCHOOL Warwick Arts Centre, August 10 - 14 Five days to make a five-minute film. Led by local film makers Dom Breadmore and Jon Randle. Ages 12 to 15. PS125 BELGRADE THEATRE: SUMMER SCHOOL August 3 - 7 Kids will be creating characters and narrative, then showing their story to friends and family at the end of the week.

There will be two groups for 8 - 11-year-olds and 11- 16-yearolds. PS120.


Stick Man |

Tree Fu Tom Live! |

Horrible Histories |

Along The Riverbank |

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas |

Aliens Love Underpants |
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Date:Apr 17, 2015
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