Chelmsford City Council

Fairytales, lullabies, nursery rhymes...and Daleks?

October is jam-packed with family fun at Chelmsford's Civic Theatre, Cramphorn Studio and the Chelmsford Picture House, where many well-loved characters will be appearing on stage.

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams' best-selling book, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly will be at the Civic Theatre from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October. The classic nursery rhyme will spring to life on the Civic's stage with costumes and scenery inspired by Pam Adams book illustrations. The production has been written especially for adults to enjoy with their children and everyone will be able to share in the delight of singing along with the charming, fun nursery rhyme.

Little Baby Bum is an online and digital TV sensation which will be live at the Civic on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 October. Little Baby Bum is the world's largest educational YouTube channel and the show brings its magical, colourful world to life. The brand-new live show combines puppetry, live action and digital action, while the audience are encouraged to join the fun by dancing and singing along with Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their nursery rhyme friends.

On Tuesday 23 October, Milkshake Live will be shaking things up at the Civic Theatre when Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam and more favourite characters arrive on stage. The all-singing, all-dancing, musical extravaganza will take the audience on a journey through everyone's favourite fairytales direct from Milkshake's magical bookcase. The show will also feature the Milkshake Monkey and two Milkshake presenters. The show is sure to delight all children over three years old as the show whips up the fun!

The Cramphorn Studio will see Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf trying to outsmart each other to get the basket of cakes! The two well-known characters will be joined by some of their new friends: Goldie's Grandad, Henry the Hen and Sarah the Snail. Can the Wolf learn to be patient and will Goldilocks learn to tell the time? Will both understand that it's better to be nice to each other instead of being mean? The show features songs, puppets, a little bit of learning and lots of fun, all in the cosy surroundings of the Cramphorn Studio on Friday 26 October. 

Children and adults will have a rare opportunity to see Doctor Who on the big screen when Doctor Who and the Daleks (U) gets a special showing on Thursday 25 October at the Chelmsford Picture House. Originally released in 1965, this was the first celluloid outing for the Doctor, then played by the classic British actor Peter Cushing. The film was shot in glorious Technicolour and in the widescreen format, so the Daleks are bigger, brighter and much scarier than on the small screen! Inventive British science fiction at its best and rarely screened in cinemas these days: not to be missed.

The M&G Concert season kicks off with a family show on Saturday 27 October, The Lullaby Concert. The 'musical puzzle' will feature musicians from the City of London Sinfonia as they explore shapes, puzzles and amazing music, aided by presenter Claire Henry, who will work with the children to solve challenges and celebrate their musical quest. The children will become musicians themselves as they try the orchestral instruments. This wonderful musical experience is now in its tenth year and is always very popular.

To book tickets for any of these events, visit or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.

Tuesday 9 October 2018

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