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Family shows to see at Easter in Birmingham in 2015

Shrek, Frozen on ice, Sooty and Mr Tumble are among the entertaining acts

Hugless Douglas
Hugless Douglas

There’s no need for children to be bored over Easter with plenty of fun shows for families to see in Birmingham and beyond. Here's our pick of the bunch.

Shrek The Musical

March 31 - April 26

Birmingham Hippodrome

0844 338 5000, www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Based on the award-winning Dreamworks animation, watch as our favourite characters of Shrek and Donkey come to life to rescue Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing dragon. Add the evil Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and a biscuit with attitude and you’ve got the brightest musical comedy around. All together now – I’m a Believer! The age guidance is for five and above.

Pictures from the Birmingham Hippodrome of the musical Shrek.
Lord Farquaad and Gingy in Shrek The Musical

Hugless Douglas

March 29

mac, Birmingham

0121 446 3232, macbirmingham.co.uk

Hugless Douglas is a loveable brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. He tries to find the perfect one, but none of them seem quite right. Then Douglas discovers there’s only one hug that will do – a big bear hug from his mum.

This delightful new show, designed for three to seven year-olds, comes from Blunderbus and mixes music, puppetry and singalong songs. There are two performances, at 11am and 2.30pm.

Derren Brown

March 30 - April 11

New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

0844 871 3011, www.atgtickets.com/birmingham

The show is not suitable for children under 12, but teenagers and above will be mesmerised by Derren’s amazing abilities. The master of psychological illusion is back to mess with our minds with his new show, called Miracle. He’s at the Alex, one of his favourite venues, for two weeks. It’s bound to get everyone shaking their heads and saying “How on earth did he do that?”

Up in the Attic

March 30

mac, Birmingham

0121 446 3232, macbirmingham.co.uk

Overcome your fear of the dark on this magical adventure. Join three children on a journey through the attic at the top of an old house, where they find delights and secrets and work together to unravel a mystery. Told through music and puppetry by Half Moon Theatre, it’s for age three upwards.

Pop Up Flashback

March 31

mac, Birmingham

0121 446 3232, macbirmingham.co.uk

Another Half Moon production is a heartwarming tale of complicated families and growing up. Sebastian’s memories come from the pages of his colourful pop-up books, so he remembers mermaid queens, dinosaurs and superheroes. For six to 10 year-olds.

Half Moon Theatre presents Pop Up Flashback

Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

April 1-5

Genting Arena, Birmingham NEC

0844 338 8000, www.theticketfactory.co.uk

Mickey and Minnie Mouse take to the ice along with princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle. But the Disney characters everyone will be waiting for are Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven from Frozen, as they journey up the North Mountains in a story full of action, adventure and magic.

Chris and Pui Roadshow

April 1

Palace Theatre, Redditch

01527 65203, www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk

The CBeebies double act from Show Me Show Me bring songs, rhymes and comedy sketches to Redditch.

CBeebies favourites Chris & Pui: Lichfield Garrick
CBeebies favourites Chris & Pui

The Chuckles of Oz

April 4

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

01902 429212, www.grandtheatre.co.uk

Children’s TV favourites The Chuckle Brothers are back in a new show based on The Wizard of Oz. Paul and Barry join Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and The Scarecrow on the yellow brick road in a fun family show.

The Sooty Show

April 4

Solihull Arts Complex

0121 704 6962, www.solihullartscomplex.co.uk

Sooty heads into town with a new show, along with his friends Richard Cadell, Sweep and Soo. It’s Sooty’s birthday party and things aren’t going to plan, especially as Sooty and Sweep get messy baking the cake.

The Sooty Show
The Sooty Show

Puss In Boots

April 7-8

mac, Birmingham

0121 446 3232, macbirmingham.co.uk

Would you trust a talking cat? You never know, he might turn you from a pauper into a prince just like in this story, brought to life by Patrick Lynch form CBeebies. From Lyngo Theatre comes a show with puppets, a windmill and hidden trapdoors.

Justin and Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus

April 7

Genting Arena, Birmingham

0844 338 8000, www.theticketfactory.co.uk

Roll up, roll up to see children’s favourite Mr Tumble as he brings the circus to town. Justin Fletcher is joined by a host of other CBeebies and Gigglebiz stars including Aunt Polly, Grandad Tumble, Cat Sandion, Andy Day, Keith Fitt, Gale Force, Arthur Sleep and Robert the Robot.

Justin Fletcher as Mr Tumble

 

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