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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...

Angelina Ballerina The Mousical

25/07/2014 to 27/07/2014 at Darlington Civic Theatre

4+ years

Angelina Ballerina The Mousical

Everyone's favourite little star, Angelina Ballerina, pirouettes onto the stage ...

Little Brother and Little Sister

01/08/2014 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

7 - 14 years

Little Brother and Little Sister

A classic Grimm’s tale of youthful adventure, magical transformations and ...

The Sooty Show

02/08/2014 at Empire Theatre & Cinema

3+ years

The Sooty Show

 Izzy Wizzy Let’s Get Busy! Direct from CITV, Sooty heads into town w...

 Jungle Party

06/08/2014 at Maltings Theatre

All years

Jungle Party

The Singing Kettle’s Anya, Kevin and Gary are ready to have a grrrrreat ti...

Jungle Party

07/08/2014 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

All years

Jungle Party

The Singing Kettle’s Anya, Kevin and Gary are ready to have a great time i...

Hugless Douglas with David Melling

10/08/2014 at Seven Stories

All years

Hugless Douglas with David Melling

Hugless Douglas is in need of ‘a big bear hug’. As he goes in search...

Milkshake! Party Party Live

15/08/2014 to 25/08/2014 at Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre

2+ years

Milkshake! Party Party Live

Starring some of your milkshake favourites this brand new musical spectacular is...

Milkshake! Party Party Live

30/08/2014 to 31/08/2014 at Billingham Forum

3+ years

Milkshake! Party Party Live

Starring some of your milkshake favourites this band new musical spectacular is ...

Misunderstood Monsters

06/09/2014 at Arts Centre Washington

4 - 9 years

Misunderstood Monsters

Overcome your fear of all things creepy and crawly through the power of poetry a...

Private Peaceful

09/09/2014 to 13/09/2014 at Darlington Civic Theatre

8+ years

Private Peaceful

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children...

The Sooty Show

14/09/2014 at Billingham Forum

3+ years

The Sooty Show

Izzy Wizzy lets get busy – It’s The Sooty Show.  Direct from Ci...

Hey Presto!

20/09/2014 at ARC

3+ years

Hey Presto!

Peaceful Lion Productions present Hey, Presto! a brand new production based on t...

One Giant Leap

26/09/2014 at St. Thomas Church Hall

8+ years

One Giant Leap

Have you ever had one of those moments, when Ping! A lightbulb seems to come on ...

Pigeon

27/09/2014 at ARC

6+ years

Pigeon

Travel back 100 years to the battle fields of the First World War, when pigeons ...

The Worst Princess

29/09/2014 to 31/10/2014 at Durham Town Hall

0 - 7 years

The Worst Princess

In a lonely tower, Princess Sue waits to be rescued; she just wishes her loyal p...

Circles in the Sand

04/10/2014 at ARC

0 - 3 years

Circles in the Sand

Soft between your toes… Pour it… Make a mountain, high or low&hell...

Babar the Little Elephant

05/10/2014 at Maltings Theatre

4 - 7 years

Babar the Little Elephant

There is so much to tell about how Babar escapes a hunter in the Great Forest an...

The Story Giant

09/10/2014 at The Community Hall at Grizebeck

7+ years

The Story Giant

The Story Giant is a collector of tales. Through the centuries he has gathered a...

Angel

10/10/2014 at Dolphin Centre

10+ years

Angel

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

The Princess and the Pea

16/10/2014 at Arts Centre Washington

3 - 7 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

18/10/2014 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

3+ years

Emily Brown & The Thing

Something MONSTROUS is keeping Emily Brown awake… Tall Stories (creators...

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Hansel & Gretel

19/10/2014 at Town Hall Theatre Hartlepool

5+ years

Hansel & Gretel

If only..if only there were a cake.. a cake as big as a house! Sometimes, if yo...

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Hansel & Gretel

20/10/2014 at Enter CIC

5+ years

Hansel & Gretel

If only..if only there were a cake.. a cake as big as a house! Sometimes, if yo...

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Gatecrash

20/10/2014 at Town Hall Theatre Hartlepool

14+ years

Gatecrash

With his parents on holiday Sam’s having a house party. Nothing big, just ...

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TiNY

21/10/2014 at Arts Centre Washington

0-1 years

TiNY

A teeny weeny show for our very youngest audiences Building on the enormous suc...

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Hansel & Gretel

21/10/2014 at The Witham

5+ years

Hansel & Gretel

If only..if only there were a cake.. a cake as big as a house! Sometimes, if yo...

Scottish Ballet’s Up Close 2014

21/10/2014 at Maltings Theatre

6+ years

Scottish Ballet’s Up Close 2014

This Autumn, Scottish Ballet will be heading out on the road to bring all the pa...

Heaven Eyes

21/10/2014 at Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

9+ years

Heaven Eyes

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

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Angel

21/10/2014 at Durham Johnston School

10+ years

Angel

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

Peppa Pig

22/10/2014 to 23/10/2014 at Billingham Forum

2+ years

Peppa Pig's Big Splash

Come and join Peppa and her friends for another all-songing, all-dancing adventu...

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Dusk

22/10/2014 to 25/10/2014 at ARC

4 - 7 years

Dusk

It’s Dusk, the time when everything changes.  Come with us to celebra...

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Hansel & Gretel

22/10/2014 at Shap Memorial Hall

5+ years

Hansel & Gretel

If only..if only there were a cake.. a cake as big as a house! Sometimes, if yo...

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Handmade Tales

22/10/2014 at Gala Theatre

6 - 11 years

Handmade Tales

A story is a very peculiar thing. A story can be found in almost anything&hellip...

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Angel

22/10/2014 at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

10+ years

Angel

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

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Alice

22/10/2014 at Greenfield College

10+ years

Alice

An imaginative new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland set during WW1, featuring i...

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Gatecrash

22/10/2014 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

14+ years

Gatecrash

With his parents on holiday Sam’s having a house party. Nothing big, just ...

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TiNY

23/10/2014 at Ashington Children's Centre

0 - 1 years

TiNY

A teeny weeny show for our very youngest audiences Building on the enormous suc...

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The Secret Life of Suitcases

23/10/2014 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

4+ years

The Secret Life of Suitcases

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying...

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Hansel & Gretel

23/10/2014 at Hamsterley Village Hall

5+ years

Hansel & Gretel

If only..if only there were a cake.. a cake as big as a house! Sometimes, if yo...

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Handmade Tales

23/10/2014 at Dolphin Centre

6 - 11 years

Handmade Tales

A story is a very peculiar thing. A story can be found in almost anything&hellip...

Heaven Eyes

23/10/2014 at Arts Centre Washington

9+ years

Heaven Eyes

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

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Angel

23/10/2014 at Greenfield College

10+ years

Angel

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

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Gatecrash

23/10/2014 to 24/10/2014 at Durham Johnston School

14+ years

Gatecrash

With his parents on holiday Sam’s having a house party. Nothing big, just ...

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TiNY

24/10/2014 to 25/10/2014 at Alington House

0-1 years

TiNY

A teeny weeny show for our very youngest audiences Building on the enormous suc...

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The Secret Life of Suitcases

24/10/2014 at Gala Theatre

4+ years

The Secret Life of Suitcases

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying...

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Handmade Tales

24/10/2014 at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

6 - 11 years

Handmade Tales

A story is a very peculiar thing. A story can be found in almost anything&hellip...

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Educating Ronnie

24/10/2014 at Quaker Meeting House

12+ years

Educating Ronnie

In 2002, Joe Douglas went on a gap year trip to Uganda. There, he made friends w...

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The Secret Life of Suitcases

25/10/2014 at Gala Studio

4+ years

The Secret Life of Suitcases

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying...

Bleu

25/10/2014 to 26/10/2014 at Dance City

4+ years

Bleu

Set sail with us for the Mediterranean... Follow Sailor as he embarks on a magi...

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Hansel & Gretel

25/10/2014 at Gala Theatre

5+ years

Hansel & Gretel

If only..if only there were a cake.. a cake as big as a house! Sometimes, if yo...

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Alice

25/10/2014 at Enter CIC

10+ years

Alice

An imaginative new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland set during WW1, featuring i...

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Educating Ronnie

25/10/2014 at Orton Market Hall

12+ years

Educating Ronnie

In 2002, Joe Douglas went on a gap year trip to Uganda. There, he made friends w...

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Hansel & Gretel

26/10/2014 at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre

5+ years

Hansel & Gretel

If only..if only there were a cake.. a cake as big as a house! Sometimes, if yo...

Inside Out!

28/10/2014 at Arts Centre Washington

2 - 6 years

Inside Out!

It’s bedtime! But, instead of getting ready for bed, two siblings use thei...

Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play

28/10/2014 to 30/10/2014 at Northern Stage

3+ years

Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play

Watershed Productions present the BBC Worldwide and Polka Theatre productionBase...

Andy and Mike

28/10/2014 at Middlesbrough Theatre

3+ years

Andy and Mike's Tick Tock Time Machine

Andy Day - of Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) and BAFTA nominated BBC pr...

Inside Out!

29/10/2014 to 30/10/2014 at ARC

2 - 6 years

Inside Out!

A clothing adventure for anyone who loves dressing up! It’s bedtime! But,...

Andy and Mike

29/10/2014 at Empire Theatre & Cinema

3+ years

Andy and Mike's Tick Tock Time Machine

Following their smash-hit show, Andy and Mike’s… Big Box of Bananas...

Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine

30/10/2014 at Maltings Theatre

3+ years

Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine

Starring Andy Day from Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) alongside comedy ...

Chalk About

30/10/2014 at Dance City

8+ years

Chalk About

Chalk About is a playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselve...

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...

Angel

01/11/2014 at ARC

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...

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 ...

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...

Emily Brown & The Thing

14/11/2014 at 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...

Emily Brown & The Thing

15/11/2014 at ARC

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

15/11/2014 at Middlesbrough Town Hall

3 - 7 years

The Princess and the Pea

Do you want to hear a true story? Well…imagine a place where what you se...

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 Maltings Theatre

All years

Hairspray: The Broadway Musical

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

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...

Christmas Belles

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

All years

Christmas Belles

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

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-...

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 Maltings Theatre

All years

Dick Whittington Pantomime

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

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!  &...

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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