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Family Concerts

Our family friendly concerts are very popular and great fun for the whole family to enjoy and this season is no exception.


Sunday 24 February 11.30am | 1.30pm
The Magic Flute
Opera North
£7.00 (£5.00 under 16 | £20.00 family ticket 2 adults, 2 under 16)

This bitesize opera packs fun, fantasy and enchanting music into just half an hour, making it the perfect introduction to opera for all the family.

A Prince is in search of a Princess, but will they ever find one other? What adventures lie in wait for them along the way? A trio of opera singers and an accordionist invite you to join them for a family-friendly, interactive retelling of Mozart's magical fairy tale where nothing is quite as it first appears...

As part of the show, you will be invited take part in a creative arts experience beforehand. Not only will your creation feature in the performance, but you will also be able to take it home afterwards

Suitable for ages 4+ and their families



Sunday 19 May 11.30am and 1.30pm
The Queen and the Jester
£7.00 (£5.00 young people) Family ticket: £20.00 (2 adults & 2 young people)

Ursula Holden Gill storyteller
Keith Donnelly musician/comedian

The Queen and the Jester

The Queen is troubled and searching for a solution in story, so she calls upon the Royal Court Jester to cheer her with some songs. However, the Royal Court Jester is a law unto himself and knows better than to pander to the Queen's fickle fancies. Join him in his attempt to pacify her Highness, whilst amusing the Royal Subjects, pleasing himself and ultimately striving to keep his head intact! Expect rousing choruses, skew-whiff stories and a shedload of laughter.

"This Show will see you laugh so much, your stomach hurts." Charles Tryer

"Keith could make sheep laugh." Jasper Carrot