I love a good show – the velvet burgundy seats, the impressive curtain set to reveal an entrancing new world to be transported to for the next hour or two, and then that feeling of being captivated by song and dance and wonder… I hope to be able to pass on this passion to my children, so what better way than to see a perfectly pitched for them at the most magical time of the year?
Here’s a listing of some of Devon’s Best Shows for Children this Christmas.
You might also be interested in my Christmas Lights Switch on post. All the switch on events for Christmas Lights in Devon.
Jump ahead to
Wed 01 Dec 2021 – Sat 01 Jan 2022
£16.00 – £24.00
Join the award-winning Le Navet Bete (Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers) again this festive season for a hilarious retelling of one of the greatest ghost stories ever told.
It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian London and old miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is settling down for the night when a clink, clank, clunk of chains resounds throughout the house like thunder, getting ever nearer. It’s going to be a very long night…
With rib-tickling comic twists and larger than life characters, Dickens’ festive classic receives a riotous reimagining in the hands of Le Navet Bete, including giant exploding puddings, hypo-allergenic Christmas trees and a ‘Not So Tiny Tim’.
A collaboration with one of UK theatre’s best comedy writers and directors John Nicholson (BBC Radio 4, The Hound of the Baskervilles), this joyful, heart-warming tale is guaranteed to lift spirits and melt even the coldest of hearts this Christmas.
Wed 08 Dec 2021 – Sun 02 Jan 2022
10:00 AM | 12:00 PM | 03:00 PM
£16.00 Under 16s ticket: £14
Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun!
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a scheme of her own!
Join the clever Ladybird as she leads the animals on their quest to save the day in this joyous stage adaptation of What the Ladybird Heard, the bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.
With live music, puppetry and a whole farmyard of fun, this 55-minute family favourite is the perfect holiday treat!
The Great Hall
Sat 18 Dec 2021
4:00 PM | 06:30 PM
£6.00 – £18.00
Exeter Children’s Orchestra and friends proudly presents a performance of the magical animation The Snowman live.
Celebrating their 50th (+1) Anniversary, the ECO consisting of children aged 7 to 18 with a few past members will be performing a matinee and evening performance including The Snowman, Polar Express and other Christmas favourites.
The matinee performance will be 45 minutes long, while the evening performance will be a full 2-hour extravaganza!
Sun 19 Dec – Tues 28 Dec
Standard: £12, (£9) Family: £35 | Peak Ticket £13 (£10), Peak Family Ticket: £40
Rhia’s favourite thing ever was hanging out with Grandma at the wild Jurassic Coast – playing games on the beach, finding funny creatures, and telling stories in her magical treehouse. So it all feels really weird now that Grandma’s gone.
But as Rhia prepares for Diwali, she discovers a mysterious riddle in a dusty case, setting Rhia and her friends off on a thrilling adventure to find something that’s been missing for a (very) long time…
Join us for a hilarious, holiday treat!
Featuring vibrant original music, ancient Indian tales, and Quirk’s trademark sense of the ridiculous. A heartwarming show for all ages, celebrating friendship, nature, and the place we call home.
Princess Theatre, Torquay
Fri 10 Dec 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022
from £13.00 (subject to a transaction fee of £3.65)
All you need is: a sprinkle of Buttons, a dash of ugly sisters, a pinch of a prince, one loyal sidekick and a dusting of a Princess. Mix them all up, adding of course a flick of the wrist for that magical kick, to have the best loved pantomime of all, Cinderella.
01 Dec–22 Jan 2022
Suitable for all the family, ages 3+
This is the story of an extraordinary explorer, a curious conjurer and pioneering problem-solver. You’ll find him pottering in his shed; planning his latest mission. He is learning to speak Penguin and hopes that you will too!
When he arrives at the Antarctic will its icy wilderness meet his excited expectations? Will the penguins’ reception be frosty, or will the colony welcome him with open wings?!
With a playful energy and a mix of puppetry, music and song, this show will be a delightful celebration of wild creativity and the joy of individuality.
Waddle on down and join the expedition!
Monday 13th December: 11am – 11:45am & 12:15pm – 1pm
Monday 20th December: 11am – 11:45am & 12:15pm – 1pm
Tickets are £5 per child.
Fancy some theatrical fun for you and your little one ahead of a magical Christmas?
Come along to our Young Company Tiny Tales at Christmas, where you will be immersed into the world of festive tales through creative play and unique theatrical storytelling, led by our professional early-years practitioners.
These one-off sessions are part of our Tiny Tales sessions that will be returning in Spring 2021. Tiny Tales will spark your child’s imagination and develop their curiosity about the world around them. We are very excited to welcome you into the fun and friendly environment here at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Each session will be the same, so you will only want to attend one of the four available. These sessions are aimed at children who are aged between 2 – 4 years old, and you will need one ticket per child (adults go free).
Stiltskin create a rich tapestry of light and dark, where people’s stories are brought to life by the light of the magic lantern – whilst the story thief waits in the shadows, looking for a story of her own. Full of fun and wonderful surprises for all the family.
Our theatre show for under 5’s, Christmas Mouse is an enchanting, heart-warming tale, about the mouse who sets out in search of a new home and makes some unusual friends along the way. Set in the theatre auditorium, expect snowy scenes, colourful characters and enthralling puppets.
The Soap box is new to me but doesn’t it just look amazing for our little ones!