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TakeOff is the place to find out about theatre for young audiences in the North East of England all year round.

TakeOff Festival happens every October from Durham down to Teesside and celebrates the best theatre for young audiences from across the UK and beyond.

Latest Shows...

Mixed Up Fairy Tale Performance

17/01/2015 to 19/04/2015 at Seven Stories

All years

Mixed Up Fairy Tale Performance

What happens when our favourite characters pop out of their own pages and onto s...

Into the Woods with The Gruffalo and Friends

19/01/2015 to 30/03/2015 at Seven Stories

1 - 4 years

Into the Woods with The Gruffalo and Friends

Follow us into the deep, dark woods with The Gruffalo and friends! Which of your...

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

01/02/2015 to 02/02/2015 at Billingham Forum

3+ years

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who cou...

The Sooty Show

07/02/2015 at The Customs House

All years

The Sooty Show

Izzy Wizzy Lets get busy - Its The Sooty Show! Direct from Citv, Sooty heads int...

Emergency Story Penguin

10/02/2015 to 14/02/2015 at ARC, Stockton

5+ years

Emergency Story Penguin

The Emergency Story Unit is a secret organisation that deploy at a moment's noti...

Pirates And Piccolos

10/02/2015 to 11/02/2015 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

7 - 11 years

Pirates And Piccolos

Dress up as a pirate and join us on our journey over the high seas for an exciti...

The Snail and The Whale

13/02/2015 to 14/02/2015 at Gala Theatre

4 - 9 years

The Snail and The Whale

Tall Stories (creators of The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom shows) present thei...

The Three Little Pigs

17/02/2015 to 19/02/2015 at The Customs House

All years

The Three Little Pigs

You may think you know the story of The Three Little Pigs, well think again. Th...

Wind In The Willows

17/02/2015 to 21/02/2015 at Alnwick Playhouse

8 years

Wind In The Willows

Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and the boisterous, bumptious, loud and lovable Toad as...

Milkshake! Party Party Live

19/02/2015 at Middlesbrough Theatre

All years

Milkshake! Party Party Live

This brand new show features lots of Milkshake! friends including 2 Milkshake!&n...

The Basil Brush Show

19/02/2015 at Whitley Bay Playhouse

All years

The Basil Brush Show

The Basil Brush Show - The Full On Fox Tour 2015Basil Brush is a star with an ou...

Whatever the Weather

19/02/2015 at Arts Centre Washington

3+ years

Whatever the Weather

This quaint ornament tells us what weather to expect today. When the little woma...

The Snow Bear

19/02/2015 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

4 - 7 years

The Snow Bear

In Hexham Library. Come and sit by the fire with Chris Bostock and Ken Pat...

Sid

20/02/2015 at The Maltings Theatre

3+ years

Sid's Show: Deep Sea Discovery

The wonderful Sid returns to The Maltings after a great show last September. A ...

Up In The Attic

20/02/2015 at ARC, Stockton

3 - 6 years

Up In The Attic

Overcome your fear of the dark on a magical journey of discovery and adventure.&...

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

21/02/2015 to 22/02/2015 at Darlington Civic Theatre

All years

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

Get ready to embark on an exciting new mission with the quirky and courageous un...

The Adventures of Walter Lemonface

21/02/2015 at ARC, Stockton

2 - 8 years

The Adventures of Walter Lemonface

A fun-filled, interactive experience for the whole family. Join adventurer, fear...

Hugless Douglas

21/02/2015 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

3 - 7 years

Hugless Douglas

Hugless Douglas is a huggable, lovable young brown bear who wakes up one morning...

Family Open Weekend

28/02/2015 to 01/03/2015 at Darlington Civic Theatre

All years

Family Open Weekend

The Civic Theatre is throwing open its doors for two days of fun family act...

Hugless Douglas

28/02/2015 at The Georgian Theatre Royal

3 - 7 years

Hugless Douglas

Hugless Douglas is a huggable, lovable young brown bear who wakes up one morning...

Shoe Kangaroo & The Big Bad Boot

07/03/2015 at ARC, Stockton

4+ years

Shoe Kangaroo & The Big Bad Boot

Did you ever lose a shoe, that tumbled into a bird that flew, over the...

Elves & the Shoemaker

10/03/2015 at Middlesbrough Theatre

4+ years

Elves & the Shoemaker

After the sell-out successes of Three Little Pigs and TV adaptations for CBeebie...

Cirque Du Hilarious

14/03/2015 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

Cirque Du Hilarious

Starring Clive Webb and Danny Adams   Winners of the Ken Dodd Comedy Awar...

Where Caterpillars Go...

14/03/2015 at ARC, Stockton

0 - 5 years

Where Caterpillars Go...

From a tree in a garden, a seed falls. From under a leaf, a caterpilla...

Where Caterpillars Go...

15/03/2015 at Darlington Civic Theatre

0 - 5 years

Where Caterpillars Go...

Where Caterpillars Go is a playful adventure set in a wild and magical pape...

Elves & the Shoemaker

21/03/2015 at The Maltings Theatre

4+ years

Elves & the Shoemaker

After the sell-out successes of Three Little Pigs and TV adaptations for CBeebie...

Elves & the Shoemaker

26/03/2015 at Gala Theatre

4+ years

Elves & the Shoemaker

After the sell-out successes of Three Little Pigs and TV adaptations for CBeebie...

The Adventure

26/03/2015 at TBC

7 - 13 years

The Adventure

Location: A bus to a secret location in Darlington Jam-packed with excitement, ...

Gingerbread Man

31/03/2015 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

3+ years

Gingerbread Man

A tremendously popular story with younger audiences, Gingerbread Man&r...

Beauty and the Beast

01/04/2015 to 02/04/2015 at Darlington Civic Theatre

All years

Beauty and the Beast

A fantastic Easter treat for all the family starring comedy legend Bobby Da...

Pitschi, The Kitten With Dreams

03/04/2015 to 04/04/2015 at ARC, Stockton

2 - 7 years

Pitschi, The Kitten With Dreams

Little Swiss kitten Pitschi is not at all happy, she would rather be a chicken, ...

Varmints

08/04/2015 at Dance City

7+ years

Varmints

There was once only the sound of bees and the wind in the wiry grass, the low mu...

The Fisherman and The Pearl

09/04/2015 at The Witham

5+ years

The Fisherman and The Pearl

Puppetry, masks and storytelling. McManus, an old fisherman from Fisherman's Cov...

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

11/04/2015 to 12/04/2015 at Gala Theatre

All years

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

Get ready to embark on an exciting new mission with the quirky and courageous un...

Varmints

11/04/2015 at ARC, Stockton

7+ years

Varmints

There was once only the sound of bees and the wind in the wiry grass, the low mu...

The Basil Brush Show

12/04/2015 at Billingham Forum

The Basil Brush Show

The Basil Brush Show - The Full On Fox Tour 2015Basil Brush is a star with an ou...

Chicken Licken

15/04/2015 at Arts Centre Washington

3 - 8 years

Chicken Licken

A baby chick is born and thinks the sky is falling down. On the way to tell the ...

I Believe In Unicorns

16/04/2015 to 18/04/2015 at Northern Stage

6 - 12 years

I Believe In Unicorns

Tomas didn’t like books or stories. Stories were just for “Little Sn...

Where Caterpillars Go

19/04/2015 at Town Hall Theatre Hartlepool

0 - 5 years

Where Caterpillars Go

From a tree in a garden, a seed falls. From under a leaf, a caterpilla...

The Basil Brush Show

25/04/2015 at The Customs House

The Basil Brush Show

The Basil Brush Show - The Full On Fox Tour 2015Basil Brush is a star with an ou...

Trunk Tales

25/04/2015 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

3 - 7 years

Trunk Tales

A Trunk is a box for belongings, belongings that have travelled far and wide. Es...

Innocence

25/04/2015 at Dance City

3+ years

Innocence

A unique playroom performance, 'Innocence' invites little ones (and their adults...

The Adventures of Robin Hood

25/04/2015 at The Georgian Theatre Royal

4 - 9 years

The Adventures of Robin Hood

In Sherwood Forest, Robin teams up with Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett and Little Joh...

Wild

25/04/2015 at Gala Theatre

6 - 10 years

Wild

Autumn leaves are for kicking, water is for splashing, pebbles are for skipping,...

Swanhunter

26/04/2015 at Alnwick Playhouse

7+ years

Swanhunter

An operatic adventure for all the familyAgainst his mother’s wishes, Lemmi...

Swanhunter

29/04/2015 to 30/04/2015 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

7+ years

Swanhunter

An operatic adventure for all the familyAgainst his mother’s wishes, Lemmi...

The Fisherman and The Pearl

01/05/2015 at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre

5+ years

The Fisherman and The Pearl

Puppetry, masks and storytelling. McManus, an old fisherman from Fisherman's Cov...

The Cat In The Hat

02/05/2015 at The Georgian Theatre Royal

3+ years

The Cat In The Hat

From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sal...

 Tree Fu Tom

03/05/2015 at Billingham Forum

Tree Fu Tom

The world of Treetopolis comes to your theatre as we invite you to do Tree Fu an...

Big Red Bath

07/05/2015 to 09/05/2015 at Northern Stage

2 - 5 years

Big Red Bath

Rubba-Dubba-Giggle, Rubba-Dubba-Laugh, there’s magic to be found in the Bi...

The Worried Walrus

09/05/2015 at ARC, Stockton

3+ years

The Worried Walrus

It is time for the Annual Animal Beauty Contest! This year’s contestants ...

Rapunzel

15/05/2015 at The Witham

3+ years

Rapunzel

This is a story about a girl called Rapunzel who is taken away from what she kno...

Rapunzel

16/05/2015 at Town Hall Theatre Hartlepool

3+ years

Rapunzel

This is a story about a girl called Rapunzel who is taken away from what she kno...

Wild

17/05/2015 at The Maltings Theatre

6 - 10 years

Wild

Autumn leaves are for kicking, water is for splashing, pebbles are for skipping,...

The Chuckles of Oz

23/05/2015 at Whitley Bay Playhouse

5+ years

The Chuckles of Oz

Join Children’s TV stars The Chuckle Brothers who return by popular demand...

Rapunzel

28/05/2015 at Arts Centre Washington

3+ years

Rapunzel

This is a story about a girl called Rapunzel who is taken away from what she kno...

Rapunzel

29/05/2015 to 30/05/2015 at ARC, Stockton

3+ years

Rapunzel

This is a story about a girl called Rapunzel who is taken away from what she kno...

The Cat In The Hat

29/05/2015 to 31/05/2015 at Billingham Forum

3+ years

The Cat In The Hat

From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sal...

Red Riding Hood

30/05/2015 at The Witham

5+ years

Red Riding Hood

The Witham are delighted to welcome back Horse and Bamboo theatre company. The c...

Horrible Histories - Incredible Invaders

24/06/2015 to 28/06/2015 at Darlington Civic Theatre

Horrible Histories - Incredible Invaders

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!So...

Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks

25/06/2015 to 28/06/2015 at Darlington Civic Theatre

All years

Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!So...

Hop

27/06/2015 at Dance City

4+ years

Hop

A poetic dance production for children aged 4+ and their adults. Mr Dedalus and ...

STATIk

27/06/2015 at ARC, Stockton

5+ years

STATIk

Full of clowning, STATIk shows a beautiful, regimented world and the c...

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

03/07/2015 to 04/07/2015 at Theatre Royal, Newcastle

3+ years

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who cou...

Ben & Holly

18/07/2015 to 19/07/2015 at Billingham Forum

4+ years

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom

Holly is a young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to fly and her magic ...

The Basil Brush Show

10/10/2015 at Darlington Civic Theatre

The Basil Brush Show

The Basil Brush Show - The Full On Fox Tour 2015Basil Brush is a star with an ou...

Snow White

16/10/2015 to 17/10/2015 at Northern Stage

7+ years

Snow White

balletLORENT's dark and mystical adaptation of Snow White is created f...

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