Pop Up Shakespeare 2016
Scenes from Shakespeare presented in the beautiful gardens of Polesden Lacey, a National Trust property set in the Surrey Hills. Our actors pop up in The Rose Garden, in the Lavender Garden and on the Great Lawn itself presenting scenes from The Tempest and Twelfth Night, plus our own 20 minute Junior Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (3 actors, a multitude of hats). Much audience participation available for our spectators, whatever your age.
We are delighted to be back at Polesden Lacey, for our fourth successive year of Pop Up Shakespeare, accompanied once again by Perdix, playing traditional music on traditional instruments.
Dates: Saturdays 18th & 25th June 2016
Times: Pop Up begins at 1.30 pm and will be repeated through each afternoon.
Price: FREE with your entrance to the grounds of Polesden Lacey, Bookham, Surrey.
Pop Up is presented in association with Polesden Lacey Shakespeare
Cat's Grin Theatre at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Summer 2016
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Show: Shakespeare For Juniors
Dates: Sunday 19th June 2016
Times: 2.30 pm
Box Office: Trinity Theatre 01892 678678
Now in our 7th year of bringing our productions to this lovely converted church in Royal Tunbridge Wells, we give a rare public performance of three Shakespeare plays, especially adapted and presented for a young audience. The Winter's Tale, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream are performed by three actors in 70 action packed (and Hat packed) minutes!
Witches, Fairies, Funky dancing, Ass's Heads, Twiglets and a Swordfight! Some of Shakespeare's finest characters are brought to life with such charm, humour and energy that children of all ages are drawn inexorably to be a part of their stories. Plus, as ever, there is lots of audience participation.
Many schools get to enjoy this production throughout the year, but now everyone can witness this original adaptation of Shakespeare's work. Suitable for children aged 5 years and over.
NEW! Pop Up Scandal- Summer 2016
With the success of Pop Up Shakespeare, Cat's Grin are Popping Up again....
The 18th Century Irish playwright & politician, Richard Brinsley Sheridan lived for a few years on the site where the Surrey National Trust property, Polesden Lacey now exists. In the first half of the 20th Century, society hostess Mrs Greville owned Polesden Lacey and it was here that she entertained guests from the world of politics and entertainment, not to mention many members of the Royal Family including Edward VII and George VI. Indeed, the Queen Mother and the future King George spent part of their honeymoon at Polesden. Over the years, Mrs Greville hosted many house parties attended by celebrated guests from around the world. Was this sumptuous house and it's gorgeous grounds a hotbed of gossip and scandal? Mrs Greville had her private papers destroyed upon her death so her secrets went with her to the grave.
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Sheridan's death and Mrs Greville's legendary house parties, The Cat's Grin Theatre Company will be Popping Up around the grounds of Polesden Lacey, presenting scenes from his most famous plays - The Critic, The Rivals and The School for Scandal. Intermingled with newspaper reports of high society scandal in Mrs Greville's day, these gems from Sheridan's masterpieces will glitter in the gardens of Polesden Lacey.
Pop Up Scandal will be presented on the following Saturdays:
Dates: 16th & 23rd July, 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August 2016
Times: Pop Up starts at Midday and is repeated through the afternoon.
Price: Entrance to Pop Up Scandal is FREE with entry to the grounds.
Children's Theatre Festival- Norwich
The Cat's Grin Theatre Company are proud to present Tales from Shakespeare at The Children's Theatre Festival in Waterloo Park, Norwich NR3 3HU.
Dates: Friday 5th August 2016
Times: Performance at 3.00 pm
Prices: This is a FREE EVENT.
For further information please visit www.norwich.gov.uk
Summer 2016 is hotting up!
Welcome to the Cat's Grin Theatre Co.
Established in 1997, The Cat's Grin Theatre Co. entertains, educates and enlightens children aged 4–12 through original stage adaptations of classic literature and curriculum-friendly topics.
The Cat's Grin Theatre Co. tours London and the South East with productions and drama workshops for schools, theatres, public venues and special events.
Cat's Grin Theatre shows booking now
Click through for details of our Spring, Summer & Autumn 2016 Production & Workshop programme booking now.
Catch our public performances at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells (February), Polesden Lacey (Pop Up Shakespeare, June 2016), at the Queen's 90th Birthday Street Party (Chobham, June), back again to Polesden Lacey in July & August (special announcement to follow) and in Norwich for The Children's Theatre Festival in August.
Check out the news page for details of our upcoming public performances at Pop Up Shakespeare 2014 and Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Post or pre-show workshops are available with every production. Using theatre games and improvisation, these highlight themes and elements explored in the performance.
Entertaining, educational and somewhat silly, our Cat's Grin Parties & Special Events are a fantastic live theatre experience for children aged between 4–12. Includes a theatre production especially for a birthday boy or girl and their guests, plus party games or drama workshop.