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Fabulous Family Shows to inspire young minds at The Grand in 2024

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Introduce your little ones to the magic of live theatre at Blackpool Grand Theatre in 2024 and let their imaginations run free with our Fabulous Family Shows. It’s a Grand trip out for the whole gang!

Family Shows
Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book

Leading the way is a charming new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffer’s much-loved tale Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book brought beautifully to life with delightful puppetry and songs from Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April.

Charlie Cook loves reading. Especially books about pirates. But his sister hates it – it’s boring! Can Charlie convince her that reading is fun? Perhaps if she read a book about a pirate, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading a book about a knight… Follow loveable bookworm Charlie, his younger sister Izzy and their Mum as they delve into Charlie’s favourite books to discover pop-out puppets and pirates, fire-breathing dragons and even a full-sized book eating crocodile! Discover the truly wonderful world inside a book and book now for Charlie Cook!

But how important is it for children to experience live theatre? Stepping into a theatre is a transformative experience, especially for young minds, and plays a pivotal role in shaping the emotional, intellectual, and social development of children. Unlike the passive consumption of digital media, theatre demands active engagement. Watching characters come to life on stage sparks a child’s creativity, cultivates empathy and fosters a deeper understanding of human nature. Live performances also challenge the mind, stimulate critical thinking and offer a rare opportunity for communal experiences. These shared experiences create lasting memories and strengthen familial and social bonds.

Family Shows
The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in the delightful The Tiger Who Came to Tea packed with oodles of magic, sing-along songs and clumsy chaos on Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 April direct from the West End. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Family Shows
Jurassic Live

Another fantastic Family show coming to The Grand is Jurassic Live. Jurassisc Live arrives from Thursday 30 May to Saturday 1 June featuring the world’s only Mosasaur, the world’s last flying Pterodactyl and lots of dinosaur favourites from Trixie the Triceratops and Herbie the Stegosaurus to Suzie the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus Rex and many, many more! Lots of audience participation and roarsome fun. VIP Meet and Greet available which includes a backstage tour!

Herman Melville’s seafaring masterpiece Moby Dick sails into The Grand on Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 June. Humble schoolmaster Ishmael boards the Pequod – a whaleboat sailing out of Nantucket – in search of fortune and adventure. Skipper Captain Ahab charges his crew to wreak revenge on the white whale that lost him his leg – the infamous Moby-Dick. The romantic spirit of the famous classic novel, ambiguous and rich with allegory, is gloriously captured on stage using planks of wood, tattered sheets and an old accordion. Unmissable!

Spend the day with the irrepressible Peppa Pig as she returns with her fantastic brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Fun Day Out on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June. Join Peppa, along with her family and friends as they go to the zoo and the beach for a special party! Prepare to sing and dance with colourful scarecrows, feed the penguins, build big sandcastles, and even swim in the sea!

Meet Onjali Q. Raúf’s heartwarming tale of The Boy at The Back of The Class from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 May. Told from a child’s perspective and perfectly balancing humour and compassion, this award-winning story highlights the power of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense and reminds us that everyone needs a place to call home. Age guidance ages 7+

The thrilling new production Science Museum Live on Tour from London’s world-renowned Science Museum will ignite curiosity, fuel imaginations and inspire everyone in new and exciting ways on Sunday 7 July! It’s explosive family theatre for curious minds with exciting experiments live on stage!

Bring your little pop star to a children’s live concert with a big difference! The four fabulous fairy tale Pop Princesses are back with their BRAND NEW SHOW for 2024 on Thursday 22 August. Featuring a sparkling soundtrack of top pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus; plus all the best songs from all your favourite Films and Musicals. Come and join the fun!

Critically acclaimed ENSEMBLE Theatre brings the delicious musical Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to The Grand from 29 Aug to 1 Sep. It’s a tastetastical treat for the whole family featuring the unforgettable hit songs from the original movie Candy Man and Pure Imagination, along with stunning new songs from the hit writing team of Hairspray. Will there be a demand for the golden tickets? You bet there will…

Family Shows
Wonder Boy

The award-winning new play Wonder Boy by Ross Willis is packed with playful humour, dazzling visuals and thrilling original music to tell the inspiring tale of the power of communication from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 October. Sonny is twelve. Living with a stammer, he’s finding his way in a world ruled by vicious vowels, confusing consonants and the biggest beast of them all – small talk. Sonny’s only friend is Captain Chatter, a comic book hero of his own creation. When Sonny is cast in the school production of Hamlet by the Headteacher, he finds the real heroes are closer than he thinks. 12+ (strong language).

And don’t forget, everyone’s favourite family shows, this year’s fabulous pantomime Cinderella from Friday 6 December 2024 to Sunday 5 January 2025 adapted from the classic fairytale by Charles Perrault. Blackpool’s number one magical family pantomime will star everyone’s favourite comic and Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Steve Royle as Buttons with Jamie Morris and Tarot Joseph returning as the incredibly gorgeous Ugly Sisters, PLUS an all-star cast, soon to be announced. And of course, the Sensational Shetland Ponies…

Snap up your tickets now for everyone from children to grandparents and let all your loved ones experience the joy of live theatre…

P.S. Grand Tips For Grown-Ups: At Blackpool Grand Theatre we love it when children and families join us for our family shows, workshops or activities! But we know it can sometimes be a lot to think about! Visit our website for a handy guide to bringing your little terrors to Blackpool Grand’s Family Shows – from baby changing facilities and booster seats to Visual Stories and PECS cards for children who struggle in busy spaces – we’ve got you covered. Click HERE for full details.

Bring the family together with Fabulous Family Shows at The Grand and make magical memories to last a lifetime.

Visit or call the box office on 01253 290 190 for bookings and further information.

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