Storyhouse in Chester has revealed its programme of children’s shows for the new spring season.

The four shows, written and produced specifically for children are being staged during the half-term break and the coming.

The first show to take to the stage this season is Captain Flinn & The Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass on Tuesday, February 20.

Based on the best-selling children’s books, Flinn, Pearl and Tom are in the middle of their school play when their old nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps them, forcing the children to hunt for the secretive Magic Cutlass – a sword that grants the holder any wish.

Young fans of dinosaurs have a real treat to look forward to on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8 when Dinosaur World Live comes to Storyhouse.

During the interactive show youngsters are invited to join an intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of dinosaurs.

They will meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Stegosaurus.

Dino fans can meet their favourites during a special meet and greet after the Dinosaur World Live performances.

The mischievous and hilarious Gangsta Granny takes to the Storyhouse stage during the Easter Holidays, on Wednesday, April 11 and Saturday, April 14.

Based on the books by the best-selling children’s author David Walliams, Gangsta Granny and her grandson Ben are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime together. The award-winning West End production is brought to stage by the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories.

Fans of dance and music are also catered for. Motionhouse: Charge tells the story of energy in our bodies, for one night only on Tuesday, February 6. The show sees six performers use dance and acrobatics in a multi-media show, creating a unique collaboration between art and science.

World music group Kabantu return to Storyhouse on Wednesday, February 1. After proving to be a big hit at the Chester venue last June, the quintet perform as part of their Debut Album Tour, which has been produced by Mercury Prize nominated Gerry Diver.

Storyhouse Artistic Director Alex Clifton said: “We are thrilled to present such a varied and exciting programme for families over the coming months. Following the success of our Christmas show, The Secret Seven, we want to continue to engage families and young people as much as possible. Whether that’s seeing a show in the theatre or creating something together in the children’s library.”

Storyhouse is also producing its annual WayWord half-term festival between February 17 and 24. The week-long festival is dedicated to families and young people, and features Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, silent discos, stand-up comedy for kids, a raft of workshops, tea-time movies, and free and crafts.

Tickets for all events are on sale now and can be booked online, over the phone, or in person in the theatre.

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