The Storm Whale

Based on the award-winning books The Storm Whale and The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies.

Noi lives with his Dad and six cats by the sea…
One summer, while his Dad was busy at work, Noi rescued a little whale that washed up on the beach. A friendship began that changed their lives forever.

The following winter his Dad takes one last trip in his fishing boat. Noi is alone once more and longs to see his friend again. He waits and watches,
watches and waits…

Will it take another storm to bring them back together?
Benji Davies’s tender and heart-warming stories of loneliness, love and courage is brought to life as one magical piece of theatre from the team
behind Grandad’s Island.

Recommended for children aged 4+ and their families.


A mother. A schoolgirl. A businesswoman. A widow. A bride-to-be. And a world-famous singer. Six women on the cusp of a crisis.

In this hilarious & often heart-breaking one-woman play by Joanna Murray-Smith, we explore humanity on the edge of a breakdown. Why does your newborn baby keep crying? How do you cope when your husband cheats on you? How do you fill your days once your life partner dies? How do you survive after a series of life catastrophes?

Directed by Becky Hope-Palmer, Director of She Productions’ sell-out show It’s Different For Girls & performed by She’s first-class chameleon Alice Rose Palmer, Bombshells will be a night of cabaret & Victoria Wood style entertainment.

Tickets: Full £13.50 / Conc. £12.50 / Preview £8

Panto of the Dead

From the team that brought you ‘Harry Panto’ and ‘Hocus Panto’ comes a spook-tacular half term treat to die for!

Hold on to your funny bone as we take you on an adventure to the other side. Follow ‘JoJo’ as she searches for the book of the dead to free her family from the clutches of the evil VooDoo Doctor.

A fast paced, highly entertaining Halloween pantomime featuring pop songs, magic and puppets – a guaranteed scream!

The Little Mermaid - Middle Child Theatre

The Little Mermaid – Middle Child Theatre

Hull’s rock and roll panto is back – and this year it’s extra fishy!

Join our hero, Ariel, on a riotous adventure to the surface of the Humber as she swashbuckles her way to saving the seafaring (Steve) Prince.

Will Hull’s favourite panto dame, Pattie Breadcake, be crowned Queen of the Humber? Or will the evil witch, Ursula, seize the throne? Find out in our wet and wild, rock and roll take on the classic fairy tale this Christmas.

With a full live band, mess galore and the chance to make as much noise as you can, The Little Mermaid continues the rowdy, chaotic style that has made the Middle Child panto an unmissable part of Hull’s festive season.

Shows include BSL performances on Friday 27th December and late-night, adult-only shows at 10pm across the Christmas period.

Join Middle Child for an opening night Christmas Extravaganza on Thursday 19th December, with an exclusive Christmas set from The Hubbards plus mass Christmas karaoke.

The 6pm performance on Saturday 28th December is Polish-described, with an additional Polish-speaking performer narrating the action throughout the show.

Fairy Who Fell From The Christmas Tree

It’s Christmas Eve and the Fig family are feeling festive.

With decorations galore, the final touch is the Fairy on top of the Christmas tree. It is little Freddie’s turn to do the honours but as she stretches onto her tiptoes she stumbles and Fairy tumbles to the floor. “Never mind,” says Fiona Fig, “we’ll buy a new one tomorrow”.

Will Bob the Bauble, Tina Tinsel & the rest of Decorations find a suitable understudy in time or will Fairy be thrown in the bin forever?

With a set made entirely out of recycled materials, this all-singing, all-dancing Christmas cracker is a reminder that being present is the most priceless gift you can give.

This show will take place in the East Riding Theatre Café-bar.

Part of She Productions’ Young People’s Programme; 4 annual musicals designed to introduce children aged 3+ to the magic of theatre in a relaxed and informal setting.

Parking is unavailable at the theatre Monday- Friday until 6 pm so please make other arrangements if travelling by car. Contact for a full access guide.

Relaxed Performances on Thursday 19th & Monday 30th December at 10.30am*

Touch Tours available*

Little Women

Director Jake Smith’s has delighted audiences at ERT over the last two years with shows It’s A Wonderful Life and Goodnight Mister Tom. This Christmas Jake is thrilled to bring another timeless classic to ERT’s stage.

Adapted for the stage by local playwright Laura Turner, Little Women is a classic coming-of-age story written by Louisa May Alcott.  With their father fighting in the American Civil War we follow four young sisters Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth on their adventures as they struggle with family, love, individuality and finding their place in the world as they grow into Little Women.

A warm and heartfelt story, Little Women promises to be a wonderful seasonal celebration for the whole family to enjoy whether you are age 10 or 100.

Adapted for the stage by Laura Turner

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Directed by Jake Smith

Tickets Full £19.50 / Conc. £18.50 / Friends £10% off / Students & U23 £14 / Child £12

I Wanna Be Yours

A Paines Plough and Tamasha production 

Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb. 

“I think I’m falling in love with you.”

People and playlists. Christmas and Eid. Travelcards and Mega buses. London to Leeds. 

Love is more than just a game for two. Especially when there’s an elephant in the room. 

A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got. I Wanna Be Yours is the debut play from slam poetry champion Zia Ahmed.

Zia is from North West London. He is a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion.

I Wanna Be Yours was developed with support from the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

Tickets £10/12

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

Saturday 26th October 7.30 pm

“And there’s blood pouring out of this man’s throat. Because these two women are beheading him – did I not mention that?

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatises the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries.

Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, this is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation.

“Consistently exciting…uneasily current”
The Financial Times

“A gripping court drama… it is as if she is roaring down the ages.” The Guardian

“There is little to match this latest piece from the award-winning Breach Theatre.” The Times

Breach is a multimedia performance company founded by Dorothy Allen-Pickard, Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens, and produced by Ellie Claughton. They collaborate with actors to create politically engaged, formally exploratory shows that blend drama and documentary.

Tickets £14-15

This production contains nudity, strong language and scenes some viewers may find upsetting.

Running Time approx 60 mins no interval

Horseshoes for Hand Grenades

A World Premiere!

East Riding Theatre proudly presents it’s Autumn production Horseshoes for Hand Grenades.

It’s 1914. Andrew wants to be an artist not a blacksmith like his father and grandfather before him.

He has great plans for himself and his sweetheart Emily. The Great War, unfortunately, has other plans for the able-bodied men of the East Riding!

As the brutal war in Europe lays waste to the young men of Great Britain, life is changed forever.

After the last shot is fired, Emily waits for Andrew, on the station platform as the wounded return from the front.

Did he survive? What will the future hold? Will life ever be the same?

Horseshoes For Hand Grenades compellingly explores the passions, hopes and struggles of a Yorkshire community trying to come to terms with the devastation of the First World War.

Written By Richard D. Cushing

Directed by Eric Loren

Tickets: Adults £18 / Seniors £17 / Students/U23’s £15 / Child £12



Touching, funny and utterly original, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN is back!

What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?

This award-winning production, from the team behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, Tabby McTat and Zog features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

All ages welcome!

Great Adventures in Storyland

Free arts and crafts before each show, from 10am and 11.30am.
Each show lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Step into an amazing place where anything can happen. A place with heroes and villains, action & adventure where only the limits are your imagination.

Join the team on a quest to help save Storyland.

Great Adventures in Storyland is the perfect Saturday activity for adventurers with a learning age of 3 to 6 years and their families.

Apphia Campbell: Black is The Colour of My Voice

Direct from sellout runs in the West End, Edinburgh and New York, this critically acclaimed show is inspired by the life of Nina Simone.

Black is the Color of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life serving the church to a renowned jazz icon at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement.

“A compelling and heartbreaking story, punctuated with bursts of song” ★★★★★ Ed Festival Magazine

“Apphia Campbell is nothing short of sensational… she will make you cheer for her, smile with her and then sting your eyes with tears” ★★★★ Broadway Baby

The Gruffalo

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

Running time 55 minutes (no interval)

The Merchant of Venice

‘The world is still deceived by ornament’

Venice is a multi-cultural melting pot and the trading centre of the world, a place where everything has a value. High stakes are placed on beauty and choices are made on appearance rather than reality.
But when one of three boxes holds all you’ve ever wanted, should you really decide on looks alone?

First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice is a new production specially created for 7-13 year olds. Directed by Robin Belfield, it uses an edited version of the original text to bring Shakespeare’s story of justice and mercy to life in just 90 minutes.
In collaboration with our regional theatre partners and Associate Schools, this production also sees 24 young actors from the RSC’s Next Generation Company take on the parts of Jessica and Lorenzo, the two young people caught up in a clash between family, money and culture.

Tickets £14.50, Concessions £3 off. Groups 10+ £10 each and Schools £8

The Righteous Jazz

The Mechanicals Band explore the life and work of the poet Philip Larkin through music and theatre, setting a selection of his words to new music and highlighting biographical detail through scenes, featuring a small group of actors.
The musicians and actors involved, like Larkin, were born in Coventry and wish to celebrate the work and perpetuate the legacy of one of the city’s most famous sons.
This hybrid show is supported by Shoot Festival, The Philip Larkin Society and Hull Archives.
The Mechanicals Band are delighted to bring it to the city that was Larkins home for so many years.

The Snow Dragon

The night of the Snow Dragon approaches…

Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies…
But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty or nice?
Toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs for everyone aged 3 and up, from the company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

“If you are a kid, if you have kids, if you ever were a kid, go and see The Snow Dragon.” (Three Weeks *****)

Age Group: 3+
Running Time: 55 minutes