Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio must be among the most memorable classic tales from childhood.
They continue to pass down the generations at story-time, with many Ladybird picture books squirrelled away for posterity. Both stories have been adapted into movies, most notably by Disney fifty years apart.
Now you have the chance to see stage versions of these two timeless tales when they are performed live at the South Holland Centre this June.
Professional children’s theatre company, Hiccup Theatre, bring their colourful version of Pinocchio to the Centre on Saturday, June 7, at 1.30pm.
In this brand new fast-paced adaptation, four actors perform multiple roles of the Pinocchio tale, with versatile Stephanie Butler playing the most parts – cleverly morphing from Fairy Grasshopper to Cat, Fire-Eater, Circus-Ring Leader and Story Seller!
The story comes alive through expressive characters, catchy songs, live music, adaptable props and puppets. Written by the fifth British Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, he had the difficult task of deciding which Pinocchio storylines should be included and is on record saying that his favourite is “when fox and cat make up the big lie about how burying money will make it grow”. A string of excellent reviews have evidenced that he got it right, with the Hiccup production being reviewed as ‘enjoyable and ingenious’ by The Stage.
Pinocchio show tickets are £5.50 and ticket holders can book for a pre-show mask-making workshop at noon for an extra £1.
The following Saturday (June 14), nine professional dancers of the Ballet Cymru company present their sparkling version of Beauty and the Beast.
This critically acclaimed production has toured the UK and Italy and is back at the Centre by popular demand. Featuring breathtaking choreography, stunning costumes and a haunting score, this ballet is suitable for everyone above the age of five (the Beast may put off the very young) and runs for approximately two hours with an interval.
The show starts at 7pm and tickets are £14.50, £13.50 concession or £48 for a family ticket.