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Suitable for kids and families alike, ideal if you’re trying to introduce your kids to theatre land! Check out our reviews of family-friendly productions here.

The Three Musketeers, St Paul’s Church Covent Garden – Review

Iris Theatre's The Three Musketeers (courtesy Nick Rutter) (11)

Pros: The characters, the cast, the venue… do I need to go on? Cons: There are no loos on site, so don’t overdo it on the interval drinks! Iris Theatre’s shows at Saint Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, also affectionately known as the Actor’s Church, are one of those fixtures of the summer theatre calendar. After a foray into darker realms last year with Macbeth, the company is back on familiar, family-friendly ground with The Three Musketeers. This adaptation by ...

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The Tempest, St Paul’s Church Yard – Review

Iris Theatre's The Tempest, St. Paul's Church (Paul Brendan, Prince Plockey and Reginald Edwards) - courtesy of Nick Rutter

Pros: All the advantages of being outside in a garden space helping to create a magical atmosphere – flowers, breeze, full moon in a clear sky. Cons: All the disadvantages of being outside in a garden space, spoiling the magical atmosphere – pollen, noises off, helicopters. Right in the heart of Covent Garden, St Paul’s Church Yard is a cool space even on one of the hottest days of the summer, shade provided by the surrounding buildings and a gentle breeze.  Being ...

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One Duck Down, The Vaults Theatre – Review

One Duck Down - Main Image (2)

Pros: Silly family fun with a creative set, musical numbers and lots of laughs. Cons: The ending runs out of steam and may lose the interest of younger audience members. FacePlant Theatre have put a serious issue at the centre of a gloriously silly hour-long piece of theatre aimed at adults and children of all ages. Our unlikely hero is 17-year-old Billy, whose cantankerous love-interest has set him the seemingly impossible task of retrieving 7000 rubber ducks which are adrift ...

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Joey’s Circus, Puppet Theatre Barge – Review

Credit: Michela Comisso

Pros: The craftsmanship of the puppeteers can almost be overlooked as their simplicity hides the skill involved in bringing them to such life. Cons: It can be a little chilly at this time of year. I could start by pointing out how Puppet Theatre Barge’s Joey’s Circus has some great character development, especially that of Punch, for so long portrayed on stage as a trouble maker, but here allowed to demonstrate his more caring side, using his cunning to thwart ...

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