Mr Sleepybum

The perfect family treat for little ones!

Mr Sleepybum awakes in his bed to find a room full of parents and children.

A “circus of sheer silliness” (The List, ★★★★) ensues.

From swimming with sharks, to solving the mystery of a stolen chocolate cake, to being chased by a frog dressed as a snail – his imagination is limitless!

Having completed many a highly successful run at Edinburgh Fringe, this award-nominated (‘Best Kids Show’, Leicester Comedy Festival & Buxton Fringe 2023), one-man kids comedy show is written and performed by Jody Kamali.

The Father Christmas Show

Join Father Christmas and his Chief Elves in the North Pole as they get ready for Christmas Eve.

Father Christmas has decided to give Mrs Claus a well-earned rest so has enlisted his elves – and you – to help him complete an ever-growing to-do list!

He needs your help to check the Naughty and Nice list, look after his reindeer, and so much more… all before the Clock strikes! Guaranteed to be jam-packed with more jokes than a Christmas cracker, this is an adventure the whole family can enjoy with magic, songs, and festive cheer throughout!


Sophie meets Goose whilst on a trip to the park, and the pair soon become the best of friends. This new musical for the under 5s is the perfect theatre trip as they jump through muddy puddles, go on a wild goose chase and honk as loud as they with Sophie and Goose.

This forty five minute interactive production brings Laura Wall’s laugh out loud illustrations and loveable characters to life. ‘Goose’ is an instant favourite with young and old.


Comedy in The MET – December 2024

Our legendary comedy nights are back, back, BACK for 2024!

Don’t miss three laugh-out-loud comics fearlessly taking to the mic in front of what’s sure to be a sell-out audience.

Fireman Sam: The Great Camping Adventure

Brand New for 2024. Norman wants to go on an adventure to impress his friends, so when two famous animal explorers arrive in Pontypandy, he decides to follow them into the mountains.

But when Norman discovers a rare red squirrel, one of the explorers decides to take the glory for themselves, leaving Norman stranded in a cave. Now it’s up to Fireman Sam to save the day and ensure everyone is safe on their camping adventure!

Milkshake Live On Holiday

Milkshake! Live is back with a brand-new show!

Join your favourite Milkshake! friends on Holiday with Dora, Pip and Posy, Blue from Blues Clues and You!, Milo, Milkshake! Monkey plus two of your Milkshake! presenters for an all-new adventure!

Pack your bags and jump aboard the Milkshake! train as we go on an all singing, all dancing holiday together! It’s a family show not to be missed!

Milkshake! Live “On Holiday” is produced by Mark Thompson Productions Limited in partnership with Channel 5 Broadcasting.  Written by Miranda Larson, with creative direction and choreography by Derek Moran.

You Choose

You Choose – A different story in every show!

Based on the brilliant book by Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt Nonsense Room Productions (Shark in the Park and Hairy Maclary Shows) bring you a brand new interactive musical show for all the family.  But in this show – YOU CHOOSE what happens!   

Using the picture book as inspiration and through a series of games and challenges each show will come up with a unique story, with different characters every time! 

Sponsor A Seat

Here’s your chance to become part of the furniture at the Gatehouse for the next 10 years, with our new ‘Sponsor a Seat’ programme.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, mark a special moment, say thank you to a friend, or honour a fellow theatre lover, sponsoring a seat in the main auditorium is the perfect memento of happy hours spent at the Gatehouse down the years.

It might just be a memorable quote, or a tribute to your favourite act – the choice is yours.


Your support will make a big difference and help towards projects including our Gatehouse Youth Theatre groups, which give local youngsters their first taste of theatre, our Dementia Friendly Classic Film Afternoons, or our ongoing support for local community groups.

Simply choose what you’d like to say on your specially-engraved metal plaque and we’ll proudly display it on a seat of your choice for the next 10 years. The plaques are 76mm x 50mm Gilt Self Anodised aluminium plate, which can be engraved with up to four lines of text or a maximum of 75 characters.

Donations are £150 per seat (although you can add an extra amount if you wish).

You will also receive a downloadable Certificate of Thanks and a picture of the plaque in place (we will also happily arrange a visit to the theatre for you to grab your own photo).

So sponsor a seat today – and there’ll always be a part of you at the Gatehouse.

For further information, please contact the Box Office on 01785 619080.


Dear Zoo


I wrote to the Zoo to send me a pet and they sent me a…

Ben and Sally are searching for the perfect pet, but instead the zoo sent a far too big elephant, a far too grumpy camel, and a far too jumpy frog.  Whatever will they send next?!

Rod Campbell’s much-loved lift the flap book has been a firm favourite with children and parents for nearly forty years. Lovingly adapted for the stage, his distinctive illustrations leap from the page in this colourful show packed full of puppetry, songs and, of course, all the animals from the zoo.

With lots of laughs and audience interaction, Dear Zoo is the perfect introduction to theatre for young children. Join us and find out whether the zoo will send the perfect pet… in the end!


★★★★★ ‘A must-see for fans of the book, and for any young child who likes animals!’

What’s Good to Do

★★★★★ ‘A superb theatrical production’

My Theatre Mates

★★★★★ ‘This show is the perfect running time and there’s no interval, so momentum isn’t lost. If you’re looking for a family trip to the theatre, this is one of the best.’

Snow Play

A magical interactive live action story where little ones get to build a snowman, decorate a Christmas tree and take part in a snowball battle – all within the safety of The MET studio!

Join us for this enchanting story, full of laughs and Christmas spirit that will live long in the memory of everyone – young and old.

Let’s face it; what would YOU do if one year Winter moved into your house? And he decided to stay! Brrrr!

You’d have icicles in the kitchen and snow all over your bed! Well, that’s what happens in our snowy spectacular show where you are guaranteed a white Christmas, no matter what the Stafford weather outside.

When Mr Green comes back from holiday to find Mr White in his house, it’s the start of a brrrrilliant series of adventures as Mr White covers the whole house in snow and Mr Green does everything he can to get him outside into the garden.

The audience gets stuck in with their own snow, making a snowman and joining in with a massive snowball fight. But it’s getting warmer and, as Mr White stars to melt, the tables might be turning…

Snow Play is a showdown between Winter and Spring over who gets to stay and who has to go away!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘Non-stop entertainment’ – The Primary Times
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘Charming, a delight’ – The Stage
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘Wonderful’ – The Metro
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ‘Utterly enchanting’ – Evening Standard