The First King of England in a Dress

Children's Shows (family, theatre)

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  • theSpaceTriplex - Studio
  • 15:05
  • Aug 24
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 5+ (4-11)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Epic Tales
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Vikings, giants and magic await you in this fun-packed historical adventure. Will Ethelred get his mum back? Why has the king turned up on his doorstep dressed like a peasant? And just why does the king want to wear the old clothes of Ethelred's mum? Find out in this delightful adaptation of an English folk tale that's rammed full of engaging storytelling, original music on an ancient instrument and plenty of joining in!

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Level access is via a different route across the courtyard of the Royal College of Surgeons, our box office can advise.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Platform Lift)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Erica Terry 88 days ago

I was fortunate enough to have my niece for the day, and decided I would treat her to a show. I’m so glad I did! We managed to get the front row, and the moment the audience were invited to participate in the show, my niece was on the stage!!! It was energetic and humorous storytelling for children and the adults! The actors, including Chip, were very lively, outgoing and enthusiastic! It would be great to see the storytellers back again next year as I’ll certainly be eager to take my niece again! Thank you!

Rose Tracy 91 days ago

I thought my granddaughter was a quiet and shy young lady, until we went to watch ‘The First King of England in a Dress’!
Suddenly she was on her feet, joining in, with actions of songs, and shouting out to have her say; and the great thing was, she was listened to and made to feel, firstly, that she made a difference, her ideas mattered, and secondly, she felt important.
This left me feeling very proud of her, and thankful to the actors presenting the show.... and what a show it was, very entertaining, even for us adults, with good humour, and, dare I say, educational! Who would have thought...? No you must see it to find out yourself!
Well done to the team... please come again next year.

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Primary Times 93 days ago

It is a fun hour with inventive costumes and props, storytelling, songs (which everyone joins in with) and even a lyre as the authentic musical accompaniment.

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Edinburgh 49 (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Together actors Kate Madison, Chip Colquhoun, and Izzy Dawson craftily conjure a bygone age into something both comprehensible and real. Chip is the author of three books, one of which inspired the stage play. His writing style is hugely engaging, weaving big historical themes into material that is finely tailored to his young readership.

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Bouquets and Brickbats (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

These three actors have an easy rapport with the kids in the audience, and have created an enjoyable little show.

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