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TakeOff is the home of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences in the North East of England. Our website promotes all the shows happening in venues across the region to make it easy for families to find out what's on and book tickets from one place. 

See below for upcoming shows or visit the What's On page to search for shows suitable for your family.

Latest Shows...

Peppa Pig

06/02/2016 to 07/02/2016 at Darlington Civic Theatre

0 - 5 years

Peppa Pig's Surprise!

Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in Darlington in a brand-...

The Storyteller

06/02/2016 to 04/06/2016 at Northern Stage

4 - 8 years

The Storyteller

Join the Storyteller each month for a journey of discovery and dreaming. Join C...

Play Dough

11/02/2016 at ARC, Stockton

7+ years

Play Dough

What is money? Did you know you can make it with the power of your imagination? ...

Tadpoles

12/02/2016 at The Witham

5+ years

Tadpoles

Awaken your inner superhero! M6's exciting new production Tadpoles is a highly ...

Tadpoles

13/02/2016 at Arts Centre Washington

5+ years

Tadpoles

A tadpole catching competition challenges a superhero duo to overcome rivalry an...

The Rabbit

16/02/2016 to 18/02/2016 at The Customs House

0 - 7 years

The Rabbit's Tail

From the team that brought you Santa's Naughty Elf, Silly Simon the Sailor, and ...

Treasure Island

16/02/2016 at Darlington Civic Theatre

3+ years

Treasure Island

Treasure Island is a spectacular children’s show to spark the imagination....

Frogs & Snails & Teddy Bear Tales

18/02/2016 at Armathwaite Old School Hall

3+ years

Frogs & Snails & Teddy Bear Tales

It’s bear’s birthday tomorrow. His head is full of excitement. How w...

Frogs & Snails & Teddy Bear Tales

19/02/2016 at Ashington Children's Centre

3+ years

Frogs & Snails & Teddy Bear Tales

It’s bear’s birthday tomorrow. His head is full of excitement. How w...

Horace and the Yeti

19/02/2016 to 20/02/2016 at ARC, Stockton

3+ years

Horace and the Yeti

Intrepid Victorian adventurer Horace is out hunting yeti! He’s trekking a...

Frogs & Snails & Teddy Bear Tales

20/02/2016 at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre

3+ years

Frogs & Snails & Teddy Bear Tales

It’s bear’s birthday tomorrow. His head is full of excitement. How w...

The Amazing Adventures of Librarian Lil

05/03/2016 at The Georgian Theatre Royal

5+ years

The Amazing Adventures of Librarian Lil

Librarian Lil has worked in the library for forty-five years. She looks old, tir...

Need A Little Help

11/03/2016 to 12/03/2016 at ARC, Stockton

3+ years

Need A Little Help

Joe and Ella are a great team - they make each other laugh, help each other out ...

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio

25/03/2016 at ARC, Stockton

4+ years

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio

Lyngo Theatre have adapted this epic tale into a unique retelling where the stor...

The Amazing Bubble Man

30/03/2016 at Alnwick Playhouse

All years

The Amazing Bubble Man

The world's leading ‘Bubbleologist’ is back by popular demand having...

Three Keepers

30/03/2016 at Arts Centre Washington

6+ years

Three Keepers

Three Keepers: a silent comedy about duty, bravery and biscuits. Welcome to Flo...

Digitopia

31/03/2016 at Dance City

5+ years

Digitopia

Digitopia is a visually stunning show which integrates live dance and digital te...

Snow White

31/03/2016 to 02/04/2016 at Northern Stage

7+ years

Snow White

balletLORENT's dark and mystical adaptation returns to Northern Stage. A dance t...

Alice in Wonderland

01/04/2016 at The Georgian Theatre Royal

5 - 9 years

Alice in Wonderland

Continuing the Riverbank tradition of producing exciting adaptations of classica...

Digitopia

02/04/2016 at ARC, Stockton

5+ years

Digitopia

Dotty’s friend Hex is a simple two dimensional line. He can make angles an...

How The Koala Learnt to Hug

03/04/2016 at The Customs House

3+ years

How The Koala Learnt to Hug

We all love a good hug and none of us more than that most cuddly of critters the...

How the Koala Learnt to Hug

04/04/2016 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

3+ years

How the Koala Learnt to Hug

A charming tale about the magic of family! Koalas are the cuddliest critters bu...

Need a Little Help

05/04/2016 to 06/04/2016 at Northern Stage

3 - 7 years

Need a Little Help

A moving and uplifting show about helping, inspired by young carers. Joe and El...

Stig of the Dump

05/04/2016 to 06/04/2016 at Alnwick Playhouse

6+ years

Stig of the Dump

It is nearly 50 years since Stig and Barney’s adventures first saw the lig...

The (Almost) Complete History of Britain

06/04/2016 at Arts Centre Washington

8+ years

The (Almost) Complete History of Britain

A historically hysterical show packed with songs, sketches and silliness. Mud, ...

The Wizard of Oz

08/04/2016 to 09/04/2016 at Darlington Civic Theatre

All years

The Wizard of Oz

A wonderful Easter pantomime. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Darlington Civic ...

Play Dough

14/04/2016 at Arts Centre Washington

7+ years

Play Dough

Play Dough is a playfully interactive show for young people 7+ and their familie...

Tom Thumb

23/04/2016 at ARC, Stockton

4 - 9 years

Tom Thumb

Long ago when all the world was wood the most fearsome foe was the one that brea...

Arabian Nights and Days

30/04/2016 at The Georgian Theatre Royal

11+ years

Arabian Nights and Days

Three actors create a show that is both hilarious and moving in a refreshing ada...

Curious

14/05/2016 at ARC, Stockton

0 - 3 years

Curious

Cake making gets messy in this perfect introduction to theatre, guaranteeing gig...

The Imagination Museum

20/05/2016 to 21/05/2016 at Discovery Museum

All years

The Imagination Museum

Everything is not as it seems in The Imagination Museum. Allow us to introduce ...

Gangsta Granny

24/05/2016 to 28/05/2016 at Darlington Civic Theatre

5+ - 105 years

Gangsta Granny

Grannies are more than cabbage soup and Scrabble. They’re exciting. So bri...

The Hogwallops

03/06/2016 to 04/06/2016 at ARC, Stockton

3+ years

The Hogwallops

The Hogwallops are a family of misfits. It is Grandpa’s birthday. He loves...

JoJo & Billie’s Tour de France

25/06/2016 at ARC, Stockton

4 - 11 years

JoJo & Billie’s Tour de France

Find out what happens when a French boy and an English girl crash into each othe...

My Pet Monster and Me

16/07/2016 at Arts Centre Washington

3+ years

My Pet Monster and Me

Join us down on the farm for adventures with Sophie and her new friend George, t...

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