Hare and Tortoise

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Wed 29 October 2014
Sat 1 November 2014
£8.50 / £6.50 Children
Mercury Studio Theatre

A fun, fast (and slow) show for 4 to 8 year olds about friendship, the passing of time and the excitement of growing up.

Hare and Tortoise is a modern classic and was the 2012 winner of The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award for the best play for children and young people.


SAT 1 NOV, 10AM – 3PM

Get set for the big race with a day full of fun.

Come and enjoy storytelling, drama, dance, craft activities and you can even plant some carrot seeds!

Race around our treasure hunt like Hare or relax with a picnic, just like Tortoise. Then drop in to meet Hare and Tortoise in our new family show.

Suitable for families with children aged 4-8 years.
£4.50 per child / Adults FREE / Anyone with a Hare and Tortoise show ticket is entitled to a FREE ticket.


There will be a Relaxed Performance of Hare & Tortoise at 2pm, 30th October.

Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people with a learning disability, sensory and communication disorder, or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or to the theatre to experience live performance with their families.

Click to find out more about Relaxed Performances…


Mon 29 Sept – 24 Oct 2014

Brendan Murray’s award-winning play is touring to Primary Schools throughout Essex in September and October. For more information click here or to book a performance for your school, email community@mercurytheatre.co.uk


A selection of quotes from teachers who have seen Hare and Tortoise:

‘Fantastic music, acting and set…and of course the awe and wonder moments – Magical!’

‘Really enjoyed it. The very best schools production I have seen.’

‘The children really enjoyed it, they were all engaged and very excited by the show.’

‘A great production that all the children (and adults) enjoyed. Thank you.’

‘The children were engrossed with the performance and the quality of acting/singing/scenery was superb and pitched just at the right level. Thank you!’

‘Completely captivating for children and adults!’

‘A very entertaining show.’

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