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Midlands

Photos by Simon Annand / RSC

Photos by Simon Annand / RSC

Midlands
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BB England; 0844 800 1110; ticketqueries@rsc.org.uk; www.rsc.org.uk King Lear To summer 2017. Age: 8+ Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems. In a unique partnership with Intel, we will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran. This family show for 2016, The Tempest will be the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young theatregoers and families. The Tempest will transfer to the Barbican, London from 30 June to 18 August 2017.

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BIRMINGHAM Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP; 0121 236 4455; birmingham-rep.co.uk Treasure Island 25 Nov 16 – 07 Jan 17 Age: 6+ Join us on a voyage of adventure to discover the mysteries of the legendary Treasure Island – the perfect show for all the family this Christmas. When pirates ransack Grandma Hawkins’ inn, her fearless granddaughter, Jim unearths a treasure map and knows she must follow it to uncover its fortune. Gathering a motley crew of sailors and pirates, Jim sets sail on the mighty Hispaniola and they seek out a lost island where riches await. The ship’s charming cook, Long John Silver quickly befriends Jim. As they follow the stars to the island, it seems Long John is not all he seems. Will Jim and her friends track down the buried treasure, or will they lose their lives in the process? Treasure Island is a thrilling, swashbuckling voyage that will transport you to a far away, tropical island. This breathtaking, modern adaptation by Bryony Lavery (A Christmas Carol) retains all the adventure and excitement of Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless classic, but proves that everyone deserves an adventure.

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WARWICK Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry CV4 7AL; www.warwickartscentre.co.uk; Phone: 024 7652 4524. In a Pickle 1-5 Feb Age: 3-5 • £11.25 (£8.25) various perf times • This is total theatre experience for children aged 3 to 5, their families and friends inspired by The Winter’s Tale. Our young audience join us on a voyage of discovery through the landscapes of Shakespeare’s imagination and the music of his language. When a shepherdess and her sheep come across a lost baby, they have no idea what to do. But surely the children can help? Sail the salty sea to the mysterious royal court in search of a happy ending in this delightful show for children aged 3 to 5 and their families. By Tim Webb. Director: Patrick Lynch. An Oily Cart and Royal Shakespeare Company production.

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