Storytelling, dance and music come together in The Fairy Garden, a family-friendly show for children aged 5-12.

Built around the enchanting melodies of composer Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite (1910), Opera North pianists David Cowan and Annette Saunders will play 4-handed on the Howard Assembly Room’s iconic Steinway piano. Joined by storyteller Marco Woolf and some of the UK’s leading contemporary dancers, they will delve into a wonderland of fairy tales.

Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, The Green Serpent and Beauty and the Beast will be reimagined before Woolf presents a brand new story ‘The Fairy Garden’ to accompany the final movement of Ravel’s iconic suite.

This festive foray weaves story, movement and music in a welcoming and inclusive show.

Please note, there will be relaxed seating with mats and cushions on the floor together with tiered seats.

£10, 18 and under £5
  • Howard Assembly Room


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Marco Woolf storyteller
Natalia Meksa dancer
Kieron Simms dancer
David Cowan piano
Annette Saunders piano

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The Fairy Garden

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