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Christmas at Gosforth Civic Theatre


In a Nutshell was created by PuppetShip in collaboration with visual artist Tanya Axford. Performed by Alison McGowan and Elena Miller with a specially created musical score by Ziad Jabero.


Dates will be rescheduled for February Half term

The clock has stopped at quarter to Spring. The World is frozen in Winter. Who knew the key to the New Year lies hidden, in a Nutshell?

Join us for our special, socially-distant Winter show this Christmas, created and performed by local theatre company PuppetShip.

Little Acorn wakes up too early to find that it’s always winter, never spring. In a quest to find breakfast for his friend Robin, Acorn embarks on an adventure that takes him to the edge of his world and beyond. But unlocking the secret to this frozen world means that everything must change...

Everyday objects transform in this heartwarming tale of growing up and letting go. That’s life, in a Nutshell.

Schedule of Performances

Dates available: 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th & 30th December 2020.

Performance times: 10.45am & 2.30pm. Doors open 30 mins before the performance.

Book groups of seats for up to 4 or 6 for a single household or support bubble. Reserve a table for lunch before or after the performance to complete a wonderful day out this Christmas.

Lunch sittings: 11.45am - 12.45pm (for the 10.45am performances) & 1.30pm - 2.30pm (for the 2.30pm performances).

To reserve a table for lunch please select a 'Reserve a Table for Lunch' free ticket from the checkout. We will then send you a link to pre-order your food in the week leading up to the showing.

Suitability: Perfect for families with children aged 3-7 years old but a heartwarming show for all.

Performance duration: 60 minutes

Bookings can be made online only and are subject to COVID-19 lockdown and social restrictions. If this event has to be cancelled or rescheduled, ticket buyers will be entitled to a full refund. In the event of a lockdown, In a Nutshell will be rescheduled to Half Term in February 2021.

What to Expect from Your Visit

Entering and exiting the building

We will be operating a one way system on the evening. Whether you drive, walk or get public transport to GCT, please enter the building via our main entrance on the side of the building, you will be greeted by a member of staff who will show you to your seats in our main Auditorium (or to your table for your lunch sitting).

There is one door in to the Auditorium and one door to exit, these will be clearly marked. You will exit the building by the side entrance when the event is over.

Food and Drink

We will have a selection of drinks and snacks available for you to purchase before the performance to take in with you. We will be running lunch sittings directly after the morning performance at 11.45am and an hour before the afternoon performance at 1.30pm as listed above.

Please arrive promptly for your table if you are coming for lunch and we recommend turning up 30 mins before the performance time to order drinks and snacks.

Hygiene and Safety

Safety and confidence of you and our staff is the most important thing to us so we have put in the following procedures in place to assure you we are making GCT the safest it can be:

  1. There are hand sanitising stations throughout the building and our staff will be undertaking regular cleaning of public areas.

  2. On top of the aforementioned one-way system, we will be maintaining social distancing of at least 1m+ at all times.

  3. Tables are limited to allow for the safest distance between each audience member and artists.

  4. We encourage contactless card payments where possible to limit the exchange of cash.

  5. Please wear a face covering at all times when not seated.