[img]http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/77572?ns=guardian&pageName=Christmas+2009+going+out+guide%3A+kids%3AArticle%3A1305164&ch=Stage&c3=Guardian&c4=Stage%2CTheatre%2CCulture+section%2CChristmas+%28Life+and+style%29%2CLife+and+style%2CFamily+%28Life+and+style%29&c6=Lyn+Gardner&c7=09-Nov-16&c8=1305164&c9=Article&c10=&c11=Stage&c13=&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FStage%2FTheatre[/img]Classic yuletide shows to enchant the kids and keep them out of your hair
Expect something a bit different from this screwball comedy in which Cinderella works in a floating retirement home for elderly magicians. Age 6+. Unicorn, London SE1 (020-7645 0560), from 5 December to 24 January.
Hansel and Gretel
Are you brave enough to go into the forest with Kneehigh? This Cornish outfit has produced brilliant Christmas shows. Age 5+. Bristol Old Vic (0117-987 7877), from 4 December to 23 January.
Melly Still and Ben Power's version of an ancient fairytale should sprinkle fairy dust all over the Midlands. A show that doesn't shirk from the cruelty of fairytales. Age 7+. Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (024-7652 4524), from 28 November to 3 January.
The boy who asked for more gets a makeover in this new adaptation. Original songs, local kids and Josette Bushell-Mingo at the helm. Age 6+. Octagon, Bolton (01204 520661), from 27 November to 23 January.
JM Barrie's masterpiece speaks to both children and adults. The best productions always have a dark, scary heart. Age 5+. Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh (0131-248 4848), from 27 November to 27 January.
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