The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare

Children's Shows (theatre, storytelling)

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  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    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 18 months


A glorious celebration of the work of the world's greatest playwright. Expect silly sketches, toe-tapping songs and dastardly duels. 'The perfect way to introduce your child to Shakespeare' ***** ( 'Every bit as entertaining for adults as it is for kids' ***** (List). Take Thou That are back for their eighth year at the Fringe to bring new life to the beauty and power of Shakespeare's verse. Three of the Best Shows for Children (Scotsman, 2018).

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: There are 12 steps into this venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 13 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

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

Jacqueline Young 118 days ago

Get thee to this show. Can't praise it enough - me and my seven year old absolutely adored it. We saw other Shakespeare for kids which were fantastic but this had the edge - outstanding! Six stars!!!!

K Byrne 118 days ago

Take Thou That is a reliable favorite for us... we seek their shows out every year. And they never fail to entertain and delight -- this year is no exception.
Having once received the Usborne versions of Shakespeare's plays, my two now think they are Shakespeare experts. But this show told them much they did not know about the great writer, and kept them laughing all the way through. High energy fun that also teaches you something. Who could ask for more?

Sheenagh Purcell 121 days ago

Entertaining from start to finish. The energy, verve and enthusiasm shone through each and every one of the young cast. It was educational, fast-paced and hilariously funny. Perfect for tots to twilighters! Would totally recommend this show to any age! Go along, you won’t be disappointed.

Albert King 122 days ago

I went along with my nice and nephew (7 and 9). The Ruff Guide kept them engaged and entertained with an hour of sustained energy, laughs and passion for Shakespere. Well done!

Todd Merry 124 days ago

The best show I saw at fringe 2019. Kids loved it hit so did the adults. The energy, humor, acting chops and writing were all superb. I wish I could see more shows from this group. Amazing.

Ailsa V 124 days ago

Kids in our gang ranged 7-10 all of them said it was a favourite so far. The young team bring energy, LOLs and interesting factoids by stealth. There wasn't a second we weren't all eyes on stage. Loved it.

Mike Reese 125 days ago

Brilliantly written, full of fast-paced action.
Entertained,amused and informed all at the same time.
One for the kids and the adults too.

Alastair McInnes 127 days ago

Everything you ever wanted to know about the world's best ever playwright, including every one of his plays and a potted history of his life. In one hour! Plenty of fun for everyone, no matter how little you know about the Bard.

Philip Monks 127 days ago

Fab fab fab. Shakespeare fun facts with song and gags. A high energy hour that whizzes by and has something for everyone. Highly recommended.

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Life as Theatre (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Shakespeare intro’s don’t come much more entertaining and informative than The Ruff Guide To Shakespeare, Take Thou That’s clever, hour-long sprint through the biography of Stratford’s most famous son and a guide to the plots, characters and genres that got him there.

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ScotsGay (5/5 stars) 125 days ago

Another cracker of a show which you simply must-see, whether or not you have a child to take along with you. On a simple stage with red velvet curtains at the rear and a couple of large boxes on stage Take Thou That Company – second-year students from the Old...

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