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Hey Diddle Diddle: A Christmas Spectacular

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Kitchen Zoo

All nursery rhyme characters love Christmas! And this year some of the most famous faces from your favourite rhymes are coming together to present a spectacular Christmas cabaret.

Headed up by Nero (a cat who plays the fiddle) and Lazzo (a little dog who loves to laugh), the pair bring together their nursery rhyme friends to share their own special stories and skills.

Including performances by Hickory Dickory’s Flea Circus, the famous dare-devilled egg himself Humpty Dumpty, and Incy Wincy, whose many legs make her Tango something to behold, Hey Diddle Diddle: A Christmas Spectacular is a fun-loving, music-filled adventure with your favourite characters as you’ve never seen them before!

Hey Diddle Diddle: A Christmas Spectacular features live music, puppetry, laughter and lots of chances to join in. It lasts 45 minutes and every performance is relaxed, making it an ideal introduction to theatre for children age 6 and under and their grown-ups.

Hey Diddle Diddle: A Christmas Spectacular is a new Christmas production from Kitchen Zoo, whose previous sell-out Christmas shows include The Three Bears at Christmas and Wolf!

Christmas is a chance to play, sing, rhyme and have a lot of fun, so join us this year to do just that in the company of some of the most famous characters to have ever jumped over the moon, twinkled in the sky or ran away with a spoon.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Running time

45 mins (no interval)

For under 6s and their grown ups.



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Hey Diddle Diddle: A Christmas Spectacular
By Kitchen Zoo

Devised by the Company

Director: Bob NicholsonOriginal Music: Tim Dalling

Music Arrangement and Backing Tracks: Jeremy Bradfield
Design: Imogen Melhuish
Puppets: Georgia HillPerformers: Hannah Goudie-Hunter and Jeremy Bradfield
Dramaturg: Brad McCormick
Producer: Sophie Fullerlove

Sound Design: Sophie Teasdale

Lighting Design: Richard Flood

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Pay It Forward

Our Pay It Forward scheme is an annual fundraising drive that spreads festivities to young people in the region. Your generous gift will help us to share the magic of theatre, by buying a ticket to one of our Christmas shows for a child who wouldn’t otherwise be able to visit.

A £10 donation can contribute to the cost of bringing the show to a local child or young person.

Please select an amount to donate below. Thank you for your support.

Northern Stage is a registered charity (no. 700055).

Children from Byker Primary School enjoying a theatre show.