One sword, one duckling and one man in red - Broadway's Autumn/Winter family season

Families are in for a treat this autumn, with a new season of stage productions suitable for all age groups at the Broadway Theatre in Letchworth.

The shows range from classic children’s stories, through to modern adaptations and newly-created pieces. “We wanted to offer a programme the whole family could enjoy,” said Sue Scott Davison, Creative Programmer for the Broadway Theatre. “I’ve selected shows with universal appeal, so parents and grandparents can also have an enjoyable time. Having already seen some of the shows earlier this year, I’m confident it will be a great season for all ages.”

The first performance of the children’s season is an ultra-modern adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s much-loved classic poem The Hunting of the Snark on 4 October. The show follows the impossible voyage to hunt an imaginary creature in a musical comedy adventure. Fresh from London’s West End, Hunting of the Snark is suitable for children aged 4+ and is packed with life-like puppets, fantastical characters and plenty of daft humour to enjoy.

Also coming up in October are two shows for older children, with Why the Whales Came on 8 October and King Arthur on 26 October. Both shows are based on stories written by famous children’s author Michael Morpurgo, bringing the books to life with their unique reimagining of the tales. 

On 1 November, one of the best known children’s stories of all time, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, is recreated on stage. The show features a cast of mischievous animals, aimed at families with young children aged 3+.

The season is brought to a close by none other than Santa himself in Dear Santa on 11-13 December. From the author of well-loved children’s book Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell, the show is aimed at children ages two to seven, and follows Santa as he is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present. But he doesn’t manage to get it right straight away and needs the help of his cheeky elf to settle on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas Eve.

King Arthur