Festive Family Fun at Town Hall & Symphony Hall

This December, Town Hall is playing host to three family friendly shows that are sure to provide the perfect festive treat. The festive season gets off with a bang, literally, with not one but two shows that are jam-packed with science and silliness, while a brand-new adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard is sure to keep even the youngest family members entertained. Town Hall hosts its first ever Relaxed Performance, a specially-adapted performance of What the Ladybird Heard. And West End spectacular, Thriller Live, moonwalks into town.

• What the Ladybird Heard – new production
• Town Hall’s first ever Relaxed Performance
• Science Rules – Dr Bunhead’s Very Dangerous Christmas Show & Horrible Science
• Thriller Live – record-breaking West End spectacular
• Children’s discounts for selected festive concerts at Symphony Hall

Things kick off with the seriously squishy Horrible Science, from Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 December. Using actors and jaw-dropping 3D Bogglevision, the show is full of beastly bacteria, viscous volts and foul fluids, guaranteed to thrill parents and children alike. Suitable for ages 6+

TV stunt scientist Dr Bunhead attempts to answer important questions such as ‘Can reindeer really fly?’ and ‘Custard vs jelly – which is more flammable?’ in his very explosive, Very Dangerous Christmas Show (Sunday 22 December – Sunday 5 January). With the assistance of brave volunteers from the audience, Dr Bunhead (famous from Brainiac, Blue Peter and The Slammer) turns Christmas dinner into a scientific show down of everyday objects.

A brand new adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ award-winning picture book What the Ladybird Heard will be at Town Hall from 20 December – 10 January 2014. Featuring two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird and whole farmyard of fun, this brand-new production contains live music, plenty of audience participation and one or two special surprises! From the producers of Gruffalo, this production is ideal for children aged 2 and above.

As part of this run, Town Hall & Symphony Hall will present their very first Relaxed Performance – open to everyone but specially designed for people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, a learning disability or sensory and communication disorder. The performance features changes to lighting and sound levels, chill-out areas and a relaxed attitude to sound and movement within the audience and is a great way for families to experience live performances together in an adapted environment.

Also perfect for families, Thriller Live has been seen by more than two million people in over 26 countries. The two-hour spectacular, packed with non-stop hits, celebrates the career of the world’s greatest entertainer and is at ICC Hall 1 from Tuesday 17 December – Sunday 5 January.

Families can also save 50% on children’s tickets to a selection of shows in Symphony Hall’s Christmas Festival – Jingle Bell Christmas (Friday 20 December, 7.30pm), Christmas Carol Singalong (Monday 23 December, 2.30pm), The Glory of Christmas (Tuesday 24 December, 2.30pm) and Bond and Beyond (Friday 27 December, 7.30pm).

Concerts take place across Town Hall, Symphony Hall and ICC Hall 1 Birmingham. Full details, tickets and information are available from the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or www.thsh.co.uk/christmas2013.




Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 December, Town Hall Birmingham
£12 – £16 plus transaction fee*

Tuesday 14 December – Sunday 5 January 2014, ICC Hall 1
£13.50-£29.50 plus transaction fee*

Friday 20 December, 7.30pm, Symphony Hall
£12.50 – £36.50 plus transaction fee*

Friday 20 December 2013 – Friday 10 January 2014, Town Hall Birmingham
£11.50 plus transaction fee*

Sunday 22 December 2013 – Sunday 5 January 2014, Town Hall Birmingham
£14, £16 plus transaction fee*

Monday 23 December, 2.30pm, Symphony Hall
£12.50 – £34 plus transaction fee*

Tuesday 24 December, 2.30pm, Symphony Hall
£12.50 – £34 plus transaction fee*

Friday 27 December, 7.30pm, Symphony Hall
£12.50 – £36.50 plus transaction fee*

Friday 10 January 2014, 2pm, Town Hall Birmingham
£11.50 plus transaction fee*

Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office
0121 780 3333

*A £2.50 fee per transaction will be charged on all bookings, except purchases made in person at the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box Office. A further charge of £1 will be applied for postage if required.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Funded by Birmingham City Council
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).


Media Enquiries
Fiona Fraser/Lyle Bignon/Abi Barrington
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