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Fun for all the family in the new Salisbury Playhouse season

A Night before christmas
18 May 2016

Salisbury Playhouse has announced its autumn/winter 2016-17 season and there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained including a new adaptation of a Christmas classic, the chance to make a Play in a Day, the opportunity for new parents to come to a baby-friendly matinee and a special event with Clare Balding to launch her first children’s book. 

A new musical version of The Night Before Christmas, based on Clement C Moore’s classic poem, promises to be a magical treat for the very young and their families and has been created by Salisbury Playhouse’s Artistic Director Gareth Machin and Glyn Kerslake. The Night Before Christmas runs in The Salberg from Monday 5 to Saturday 31 December.

Following their hit production of Cinderella last year, writer Andrew Pollard and director Ryan McBryde reunite for this year’s magical production of Aladdin. Perfect for all the family, Aladdin runs in the Main House from Saturday 3 December to Saturday 7 January.

Kicking and Screaming (Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 October) looks at how the world becomes a different place when a baby arrives. How do our priorities shift when we become parents? How do we adjust – and what happens if we don’t? This honest, funny and touching show for those aged 14 and over tells the story of two couples whose lives change forever. For the first time Salisbury Playhouse will offer a baby-friendly matinee (22 October) where parents can bring babes in arms aged 18 months or younger.

Salisbury Playhouse will this season be celebrating 40 years in its Malthouse Lane home with an Open Day on Saturday 29 October. It will throw open its doors so visitors can take a look behind the scenes at the extensive on-site production facilities, celebrate its history and take a glimpse at what the future may hold. 

There is a wide range of family productions in The Salberg during the October half term. Audiences can journey through a world filled with boings, whooshes and tick-tocks in Shh… Bang!, a special dance theatre-performance for those aged 3 and over (Monday 24 October). Joseph Coelho unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in two enchanting performances of Fairytales Gone Bad. Zombie-rella and Blood Red Hood (Tuesday 25 October) are aimed at those aged 6 and over while Grannylocks and The Monstrous Duckling (Wednesday 26 October) are perfect for those aged 3 plus. The Owl and the Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense (Saturday 29 October) presents Lear’s most loved poems in a delightfully predictable way using clowning, puppetry and magical music.

Young people can spend a day during half term working with theatre professionals to create a Play in a Day which will be performed to friends and family in the afternoon (Thursday 27 October for those aged 5-7 years and Friday 28 October for those aged 8-11 years).

There is a series of special events including the chance to join number one bestselling author and broadcaster Clare Balding for inspirational stories to mark the publication of her first children’s book The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop (Saturday 24 September).

Salisbury Playhouse’s Stage 65 Youth Theatre will take to the Main House stage this summer (Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 August) to perform Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. The explosive new adaptation by Dave Orme will see 65 young people in both onstage and backstage roles take audiences on a hedonistic adventure.

Public booking opens on Friday 20 May 2016. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the What's On page.