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IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE CBeebies favourites drive the Ninky Nonk back to Scotland

Ordinarily, it’s part of the winding down process. One of the final shows of the CBeebies day, In The Night Garden is a fun but gentle aspect of many a bedtime routine. But when Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and the rest of the Night Garden dwellers walk on to the stage in Glasgow, they’ll be met with excitement, not drowsiness.

Back on tour, to entertain a whole new set of

fans, the live show features all the characters we know and love plus some high-tech digital projections to help everyone feel as though they’re actually inside the Garden. Directed by Royal Ballet choreographer, Will

Tuckett, the show takes place in a purpose- built inflatable show dome. And recognising that it’s the whole experience, not just the action on stage, that matters to young families, everyone is guaranteed a great view and somewhere to park the buggy. ‘Parents tell us that children as young as a few months old engage with the live show,’ says producer, Andrew Collier, ‘and the looks on the faces of the children and parents in the audiences are absolutely amazing. It’s a huge responsibility and enormous privilege to give so many children their first experience of live theatre.’ (Kelly Apter) Queen’s Park, Glasgow, until Sat 12 Sep.

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