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Theatre shows to see with your children this spring

PUBLISHED: 10:02 28 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:36 18 February 2019

Dear Zoo at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich is one of the shows on offer for children in early 2019 Picture: VICTORIA MACKEN/ NEW WOLSEY

Dear Zoo at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich is one of the shows on offer for children in early 2019 Picture: VICTORIA MACKEN/ NEW WOLSEY

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From classic books adapted into plays, to modern takes on fairy tales, there's so many child friendly theatre shows on offer across Suffolk and north Essex this season.

Your children will be able to enjoy Annie at The Colchester Mercury Theatre Picture: ARCHANTYour children will be able to enjoy Annie at The Colchester Mercury Theatre Picture: ARCHANT

Whether you have a toddler or teenager, we’ve come up with a list of shows you must see over coming months. Have you booked tickets for any?

Annie, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, January 30 - February 9

The Colchester Operatic society are bringing Annie to the Mercury Theatre and you can expect your children to be singing Tomorrow and It’s a hard knock life for days afterwards.

Annie is a great choice if you are trying to get your children to love musicals as much as you do. Tickets for the matinee performance on Saturday, February 2 are already sold out. Other dates and show times can be found here.

Beauty and the Beast, The Riverside Woodbridge, February 16 - Saturday February 23

Beauty and the Beast has gained a brand new generation of fans thanks to the 2017 musical version starring Emma Watson. If your child was a fan of the film, watching the pantomime version will be the perfect half term treat, only if they’ve earned it of course!

Beauty and the Beast is coming to The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge this February Half Term  Picture: ARCHANTBeauty and the Beast is coming to The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge this February Half Term Picture: ARCHANT

As an added bonus the Riverside’s restaurant will be offering a special pre-panto meal.

The Gingerbread Man, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, February 17

What could be nicer than spending a cosy February afternoon with your children watching the story of the Gingerbread Man? The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds are encouraging families to come along and enjoy this tasty tale. But be warned it doesn’t have an entirely happy ending.

There are two afternoon performances of the play, tickets can be booked here.

Alice in Wonderland, The Quay Theatre Sudbury, Monday February 18

Fancy watching a children’s play with a difference? Well this version of Alice and Wonderland is played by a cast of just two actors. One plays Alice and the other plays everyone Alice meets during her adventures in wonderland.

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Companys new production of The Gingerbread Man is at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal this February Photo: MARK MORREAUStuff and Nonsense Theatre Companys new production of The Gingerbread Man is at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal this February Photo: MARK MORREAU

Barking Dog, who have produced the play promise sing-along songs which have been especially created for their young audience members.

Dear Zoo, The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Friday February 22 - Saturday February 23

Dear Zoo is a much loved children’s book and the play doesn’t stray far from the original premise of a child that really wants a new pet. The play first toured the country last year and proved incredibly popular with the preschool crowd.

We are sure the New Wolsey will be packed out with mums and dads that enjoyed the book when they were young. If you want to remember your childhood and entertain your little ones at the same time tickets can be booked here.

The Greatest Show - Songs From Hollywood, The Spa Pavilion Felixstowe, Saturday March 2

It almost goes without saying that The Greatest Showman has been a massive hit with children of all ages. As the name suggests this show at the Felixstowe Pavilion features hit songs from the film,

Dear Zoo the timeless childrens classic book is on stage at the New Wolsey this February Picture: VICTORIA MACKEN/NEW WOLSEY

Victoria Macken/New WolseyDear Zoo the timeless childrens classic book is on stage at the New Wolsey this February Picture: VICTORIA MACKEN/NEW WOLSEY Victoria Macken/New Wolsey

If your teenager is into feel-good musical they will also love the songs from Shrek and Mamma Mia. Full details of this event are on the Felixstowe Pavilion website.

Zog, Ipswich Regent Theatre, Friday March 15 - Saturday March 16

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are the current king and queen of children’s literature and quite rightly their books are regularly adapted into plays.

Zog is a loveable dragon who is brought to live in this magical play which ends in a duel.

Luckily the Ipswich Regent is a big venue as tickets already appear to be selling fast. Information on show dates and times can be found here.

If you are already thinking about more ideas for things to do in February half term take a peek at our guide of educational days out for children.

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