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Preview: Rabbit's Tail at South Shields Customs House

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Hop on Down to The Customs House for Perfect Half-Term Treat

The Rabbit's Tail
South Shields Customs House
Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 February 2016

Parents can hop down to The Customs House with their little ones this half term. 

New children's show The Rabbit's Tail will run at the Mill Dam venue in South Shields from Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 February.

The annual half-term treat is from the team that brought you Santa's Naughty Elf and Wendy the Witch.

This is the third children's show the art centre has produced featuring characters from its Christmas pantomime. Last year's show was The Three Little Pigs and 2014's show was The Girl and the Unicorn.

Wayne Miller, who wrote, directed and is set to star in the venue annual half-term treat said: "After the success of The Three Little Pigs it was an obvious choice to follow the success of this year's Alice in Wonderland's Mr Rabbit.  Luke Maddison did a wonderful job with that character and we knew the Rabbit had to return. Hopefully we have managed to bring the magic from Wonderland to The Rabbits Tail this half term.”

Luke added: "I cannot wait to be back putting on the white fur of Mr Rabbit once more in The Rabbit’s Tail.  It’s always a joy to come back to my favourite theatre and I am especially looking forward to being reunited on stage with Wayne and the company! It's such a rewarding and enjoyable experience working alongside a very talented bunch and I really hope the audience have as much fun as we do in the show!”

In the show Peter Plank, played by Wayne, tries really hard to get his work done but everything seems to go wrong.

When he discovers Mr Rabbit has a magic tail he thinks he has the perfect plan to make him the hero of the village - the only problem is the evil Goblin King has kidnapped Mr Rabbit. Can Peter save the day, stop the Goblin King in his tracks and make all his dreams come true?

Joining Luke and Wayne in the cast will be Geordie the Musical and Santa’s Naughty Elf’s Eleanor Chaganis as Annie and David Hopper will reprise his role as Wendy the Witch’s Goblin King.

Wayne said: “The cast this year is made up of Customs House favourites from the Alice In Wonderland, Santa’s Naughty Elf and a welcome return of The Goblin King from Wendy The Witch. I thought it would be a fun idea to have a little cross over where The Goblin King comes to put the lovable Mr Rabbit in danger, attempting to steal his magic tail.”

“Once again we have a great family show on offer, with lots of interactive fun, jokes, original songs and a bucket load of heart. Being able to offer our own in house children's shows at The Customs House means a lot to us, even more so when it brings so much joy and laughter!”

Tickets for The Rabbit’s Tail are £7.50 and are available from the box office on 0191 454 1234 or by visiting

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