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TakeOff is the place to come to if you want to find out about theatre for young audiences in the North East. There are shows for children and young people all year round in venues across the region and TakeOff Festival celebrates the best theatre for young audiences from across the UK and beyond each autumn.

Latest Shows...

Mixed Up Fairy Tale Performance

04/10/2014 to 31/01/2015 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...

Groovy Babies Disco

18/10/2014 to 13/12/2014 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

0 - 5 years

Groovy Babies Disco

A Completely cool and utterly unique experience... excite and ignite the disco...

Tricks and Treats at The Witham

25/10/2014 to 01/11/2014 at The Witham

Tricks and Treats at The Witham

Tricks and Treats at The Witham  A host of family oriented events and acti...

Jam & Juice

01/11/2014 at Dance City

All years

Jam & Juice

Jam & Juice celebrates its 5th year and is sure to impress once again, bring...

Musical Rumpus

01/11/2014 at Gateshead Old Town Hall

0 - 2 years

Musical Rumpus

Explore a magical underwater world of mermaids and monsters on this journey into...

Once in a Blue Moon

01/11/2014 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

3 - 6 years

Once in a Blue Moon

It’s the moon’s Birthday and he is having a party! We are all invite...

Angel

01/11/2014 at ARC, Stockton

10+ years

Angel

Angel is the story of Bill who returns an old woman’s shopping bag on an a...

Just Jam Intl: 1-on-1 Breakin’ Battle

02/11/2014 at Dance City

Just Jam Intl: 1-on-1 Breakin’ Battle

B-Boys and B-Girls from all over the world will compete for the coveted title of...

Barmy Britain: Horrible Histories Live on Stage

05/11/2014 to 09/11/2014 at Darlington Civic Theatre

Barmy Britain: Horrible Histories Live on Stage

Bonfire Night goes off with a bang! We all want to meet people from history. Th...

The Muddy Choir

07/11/2014 at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

13+ years

The Muddy Choir

It's November 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres is lurching towards its bloody ...

Hugless Douglas

08/11/2014 at Arts Centre Washington

3 - 7 years

Hugless Douglas

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

In a Nutshell

08/11/2014 to 06/12/2014 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

3 - 6 years

In a Nutshell

The clock has stopped at a quarter to Spring. The World is frozen in Winter. Who...

Room on the Broom

11/11/2014 to 13/11/2014 at Billingham Forum

4 + years

Room on the Broom

A spell binding adventure form the creators of The Gruffalo! How the cat purred ...

Heaven Eyes

11/11/2014 at The Phoenix Theatre

9+ years

Heaven Eyes

Based on the novel by internationally renowned children’s author David Alm...

A November Day

11/11/2014 at Arts Centre Washington

10+ years

A November Day

Marking the centenary of the First World War, this play explores the timely ques...

The Princess and the Pea

12/11/2014 at The Witham

3+ years

The Princess and the Pea

Do you want to hear a true story? A secret place with a hidden castle and hidde...

Emily Brown & The Thing

14/11/2014 at The Maltings Theatre

3+ years

Emily Brown & The Thing

Could you get to sleep with some Thing outside your window?  Tall Stories ...

The Christmas Grump

15/11/2014 to 03/01/2015 at Northern Stage

0 - 6 years

The Christmas Grump

SAT 15 NOV - SAT 3 JAN Mr Scratch owns a toyshop. Mr Scratch is very, very rich...

The Princess and the Pea

15/11/2014 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

3+ years

The Princess and the Pea

Do you want to hear a true story? A secret place with a hidden castle and hidde...

Emily Brown & The Thing

15/11/2014 at ARC, Stockton

3+ years

Emily Brown & The Thing

Tall Stories (creators of the hugely popular Gruffalo stage show) are proud to p...

The Princess and the Pea

22/11/2014 at Town Hall Theatre Hartlepool

3+ years

The Princess and the Pea

Do you want to hear a true story? A secret place with a hidden castle and hidde...

Me and My Cat?

22/11/2014 at ARC, Stockton

6+ years

Me and My Cat?

One morning the phone rings at the Amazing Kitamura Detective Agency. Detective ...

Me and My Cat?

23/11/2014 at Seven Stories

6+ years

Me and My Cat?

One morning the phone rings at the Amazing Kitamura Detective Agency. Detective ...

Aladdin

27/11/2014 to 03/01/2015 at Gala Theatre

Aladdin

We are delighted to announce that our spectacular pantomime is the mystical and ...

Hairspray: The Broadway Musical

27/11/2014 to 29/11/2014 at The Maltings Theatre

All years

Hairspray: The Broadway Musical

The Broadway smash-hit and winner of eight Tony Awards! HAIRSPRAY delights audi...

In a Nutshell

27/11/2014 at Alnwick Playhouse

3 - 7 years

In a Nutshell

The clock has stopped at a quarter to Spring. The World is frozen in Winter. Who...

Get Santa

01/12/2014 to 27/12/2014 at Northern Stage

7+ years

Get Santa

MON 1 - SAT 27 DEC, various times Every year Holly has been nice not naughty, s...

Little Red Riding Hood

02/12/2014 to 10/01/2015 at The Customs House

Little Red Riding Hood

DARE YOU GO INTO THE WOODS? Next Christmas we are delighted to be staging a bra...

Christmas Belles

03/12/2014 to 04/12/2014 at The Maltings Theatre

All years

Christmas Belles

Let Nancy’s dancers get you in the festive spirit with their show Christma...

Rumplestiltskin

04/12/2014 at Alnwick Playhouse

8+ years

Rumplestiltskin

An adaptation of this classic fairy-tale, which is humorous yet darkly scar...

Aladdin – Consett’s Family Pantomime

05/12/2014 to 31/12/2014 at Empire Theatre & Cinema

Aladdin – Consett’s Family Pantomime

After breaking box office records with the hugely popular Snow White in 2013, LE...

Jack and the Beanstalk

05/12/2014 to 04/01/2015 at Middlesbrough Theatre

3+ years

Jack and the Beanstalk

Come along to Middlesbrough Theatre this Christmas for another two hours of fun-...

Warm Songs for Winter Days

06/12/2014 at Sage Gateshead

0 - 7 years

Warm Songs for Winter Days

A hearty stew of songs, dances and magical, theatrical fun to melt away the wint...

I

09/12/2014 to 13/12/2014 at Arts Centre Washington

3 - 7 years

I've Seen Santa

It’s Christmas Eve and Little Bear can’t wait to see Santa!  &...

Dick Whittington Pantomime

15/12/2014 to 30/12/2014 at The Maltings Theatre

All years

Dick Whittington Pantomime

Seeking independence and fame, young Dick Whittington moves to the bright lights...

Elf

16/12/2014 to 24/12/2014 at Gala Studio

0-5 years

Elf's Christmas Adventure

Join Elf as he prepares the reindeer for their big night of deliveries.  Bu...

I

19/12/2014 to 20/12/2014 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

3 - 7 years

I've Seen Santa

It’s Christmas Eve and Little Bear can’t wait to see Santa!  &...

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...

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...

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