SHAKESPEARE’S TELLING TALES

Celebrate the joy of storytelling at Shakespeare’s Telling Tales, our lively family festival. Now in its third year, the festival brings together children’s authors, performers and storytellers to celebrate the power of storytelling and that amazing thing we call ‘our imagination’.

Henry V Storytelling

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
War and peace. Love and hate. Tension and… tennis balls? Introduce the whole family to this tale of a courageous King.

Henry V Workshop Ages: 9-12

Watkins Studios
Discover more about this brave King as you play and learn together as a family in this fun practical workshop.

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Master storyteller Polarbear invites you to meet a boy with a talent for telling tales who'll take you on a marvellous adventure.

How to Hide a Lion

Watkins Studios
Learn to draw your own lion and help author Helen Stephens tell the tale of a brave and kind lion in this storytelling adventure.

Oi Kes!

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Multi award winning author, Kes Gray, hosts an hilarious interactive event celebrating his 'Oi' book series.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Storytelling

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Magic, mystery and a very silly donkey feature in this storytelling of Shakespeare's much loved comedy.

Robin Hood Storytelling

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Discover the notorious legend of Robin Hood and his band of merry men (and women!) in this glorious storytelling for the whole family

The Merry Wives of Windsor Storytelling

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Sir John Falstaff is about to be taught a very big lesson by the merry wives of Windsor. Join us for this family storytelling of love, jealousy and one very big ego!

The Merry Wives of Windsor Workshop Ages: 5-8

Watkins Studios
Learn about the themes and characters in Shakespeare’s hilarious play in this practical and fun workshop for all the family.

The Merry Wives of Windsor Workshop Ages: 9-12

Watkins Studios
Learn about the themes and characters in Shakespeare’s hilarious play in this practical and fun workshop for all the family.

The Jake Atlas Treasure Hunt

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Rob Lloyd Jones’ fun and interactive event includes take-home facts about Egyptian treasures, a reading from his new book, a quiz and prizes.

Henry V Workshops Ages: 5-8

Watkins Studios
Discover more about this brave King as you play and learn together as a family in this fun practical workshop.

You can be anything!

Watkins Studios
Riley has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up and he needs your help to decide! Join Davina Hamilton in this playful storytelling event for the whole family.

An Elephant in the Garden

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling novel is brought to life by Alison Reade and cellist Clare O Connell in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Meet the creator of Hugless Douglas

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Douglas is a big brown loveable bear in need of a hug. Discover all you need to know about the perfect bear hug and drawn your own bear in this interactive talk with David Melling.

The Black Flamingo

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre
Get ready for the arrival of The Black Flamingo! Poet, drag and spoken word artist Dean Atta takes you on a journey of self-expression, identity and self-acceptance.

Hamleta

Watkins Studios
Get creative in our ‘Hamleta’ workshop and explore what Shakespeare’s most famous male characters like Hamlet and Macbeth might look like if they were woman, black women!
Through cut-out art and storytelling Ese Akpojotor, founder of Black SuperSheroes, will explore society’s perception of the roles black women play on stage and off.