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The Fantastical Fairytale Red Riding Hood Returns to Lakeside this Christmas

The Fantastical Fairytale Red Riding Hood Returns to Lakeside this Christmas

What big eyes you have… all the better to see Lakeside’s fantastic Christmas show with!

Once upon a time there was a young girl who went to spend the night at Grandma’s house… and her little brother came too. She just wanted to go to sleep but he was excited and wouldn’t settle down. To help lull him to sleep, the young girl promised to tell her brother a story. But when you start acting out your favourite fairy tale, who knows what’s in store?!

From the Olivier Award-winning children’s writer Mike Kenny this adaptation of the classic children’s tale returns to Lakeside Arts this Christmas. With enchanting music and songs from Julian Butler (Charlie and Lola) Red Riding Hood promises to be a delightful, cheeky and suspenseful tale to brighten cold winter nights for children aged 5+ and families.

Lakeside’s associations with Engine House go back to 2010 when director Matt Aston delighted audiences with his production of Jeff Brown’s Flat Stanley (adapted by Mike Kenny). In 2011 we first co-presented Red Riding Hood and after being on tour nationally for 7 years, this enchanting show is back with its wonderful mix of imaginative storytelling and catchy songs.

Mike Kenny is one of Britain’s leading writers, specialising in young people’s theatre. He is the recipient of the Olivier Award for his The Railway Children, Time Out Critics Choice – Best Children’s Play for Diary of an Action Man and Arts Council England’s Children’s Award for Playwriting for Children. In 2013 the University of Nottingham honoured him with the title Doctor of Letters for his work.

Matt Aston’s directorial credits include Touched (featuring Vicky McClure) by Stephen Lowe for Nottingham Playhouse; Snow White by Mike Kenny in association with Lip Service Theatre Company and Seance on A Sunday Afternoon (Premiere) by Stephen Lowe for Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

The cast consists of two fantastic actors, Annie Kirkman and Adam Ryan, who will play the parts of the brother and sister. The creative team includes designer Laura McEwen, lighting designer Richard Statham, musical director / composer Julian Butler (Charlie and Lola, choreography by Claire Cunningham and graphic designer Ruth Disney.

Shona Powell, Director at Lakeside Arts says: „Red Riding Hood began its creative life at Lakeside in 2011 and I can’t wait to welcome Matt Aston and the team back with oodles of great songs and fantastic storytelling. We all appreciate a ridiculous baddie who is funny scary rather than terrifying and Julian Butler’s Big Bad Wolf song captures this perfectly when the cast sing ‘the big bad wolf licks his luscious lips… and imagines her (Red Riding Hood) with chips!’.”

To accompany the production, Lakeside is working in partnership with schools and artist Barrett Hodgson to transform its Wallner Gallery into Red Riding Hood’s wintery world. Be sure to explore the enchanting forest and the cosy log cabin where Red Riding Hood’s story takes place before or after the show. 

Red Riding Hood is at Lakeside’s Djanogly Theatre from 10 – 30 December 2018 (please see specific performance dates online). Tickets can be booked online atwww.lakesidearts.org.uk/redridinghood or via the Lakeside Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

COMPETITION time to win a family ticket for RedRidingHood at LakesideArts on 29th December at 11.30am this Christmas! Your favourite fairytale as a magical, musical Christmas treat for ages 5+ and families, Red Riding Hood runs until 30 December at Lakeside Arts. Our competition closes at midnight on 20th December…for your chance to win please visit our competition page and GOOD LUCK! 😊😊