There are many things you don't expect to take children to until they are much older, and stuffy old theatre may well be one of them. However, the lively experience of theatre especially created for children can be a magical one, even for very little children.
This Christmas, for those in London and the South East there is a real treat at the Chelsea Theatre, where Tall Stories theatre company are putting on 'William's Monster', a production put together with small children in mind.
Created especially for children aged seven and under (and appealing to families, nurseries and playgroups), 'William's Monster' is being presented by the same theatre group who did a wonderful job of translating Julia Donaldson's 'The Gruffalo' for the stage.
You and your child can join William, Grandpa and their two very noisy new friends, Megarumpus and Beaky, as they go on a theatrical adventure which encourages the audience to play an active part in the songs, storytelling and visual delights.
The plot goes something like this…
William is a young boy with a lot of imagination. Grandpa is an old man with none. Staying with grumpy Grandpa for the first time, William tries to go to sleep in his spooky attic room. But monstrous music is coming out of the darkness... How will William ever get to sleep when there are monsters hiding in the walls?
This vibrant show is a perfect Christmas treat for children who are not old enough yet for all the teenage jokes of regular panto and it only lasts 55 minutes so younger children won't get too restless. Plus it's a awful lot cheaper than most pantomimes!
Tickets are £7 each, and for every 10 tickets you buy you get an 11th ticket free.
The performances are from 1 December to 28 December 2008 at 10.30am & 1.30pm, and the theatre is accessible for wheelchairs and those with impaired mobility. Don't forget that weekend tickets are more likely to sell quickly so it's a good idea to book now.
For more, go to www.chelseatheatre.org.uk.