A Babbling Vagabonds and Derby LIVE co-production

The Dinosaur Who Came for Christmas

Guildhall Theatre

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Fri 7 - Sun 30 Dec 2018

Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

Most tickets cost more when booked via telephone or in person at box office. See our Ts & Cs for details.

About the event

Join those festive funsters The Babbling Vagabonds, as they return with more seasonal shenanigans.

Expect a Christmas cracker of a tale, crammed with goodies, baddies, and a whole lot of fun, as the team weave the story of a Christmas with an unexpected guest!

With a mix of actors playing various roles, original songs and music, puppets, and brilliant shadow work, the story will come to life as we see what happens when it’s not just Gran who comes to stay.

British Sign Language shadow-interpreted performance

The following performances are BSL Sign-Interpreted performances: Sun 9 Dec, 2.30pm, Wed 12 Dec, 10.30am, Thu 20 Dec, 4.30pm and Sat 29 Dec, 11am.

The traditional set up of sign-interpreted performances keeps interpreters off to one side of the stage and means that audience members who are hard of hearing, have to choose whether to watch the action on stage or the professional interpreter on the side.

For this reason, an alternative approach to sign language in the theatre is shadow interpreting, in which interpreters stay on the stage rather than off to the side. By incorporating interpreters into the performance itself, theatres aim to provide a more seamless experience for the entire audience.

Audio Described performances

Sun 23 Dec at 2.30pm and Fri 28 Dec at 11am are Audio Decribed performances. These shows are ideal for blind and partially-sighted people, audio description is a form of audio-visual translation, using the natural pauses in dialogue or between critical sound elements to insert narrative that translates the visual image into a sense form.

Free touch tours take place 75 minutes before the performance, with the chance to look closely at the set and costumes and often with a chance to meet some of the actors! Please let Box Office know if you want to attend the touch tour, tickets are free, but should be booked in advance.

Relaxed performance

Please note that Sun 16 Dec at 2:30pm is a relaxed performance show and as which is specifically designed and adapted for customers with a wide range of disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum. They have a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels. The relaxed performance is still the same show but there are small changes to the sound levels, lighting and no pyrotechnics or strobe lighting are used. 

Relaxed performances are avaiable to book by phone on 01332 255800 or in person at the Sales and Information centre. 

Tea Time Treat Shows

Tea time treat shows cost £8.75 which includes your ticket and healthy snacks for the kids.

Tea time treat shows are at 4:30pm and will be happening on Wed 12, Thu 13, Wed 19 and Thu 20 Dec. 

Babbling Vagabonds

Prices & Offers

£12.25 - £4.38

Concessions: £10.75 - £4.38

Concessions are typically available to over 60s, under 16s, students, unemployed and disabled people. Click through to Buy Tickets for individual prices and availability. Please note that proof may be required on collection of tickets or on entry to the auditorium.

Tea Time Treat Shows

Tea time treat shows cost £8.75 which includes your ticket and healthy snacks for the kids.

Tea time treat shows are at 4:30pm and will be happening on Wed 12, Thu 13, Wed 19 and Thu 20 Dec. 


“A fantastic, family friendly festive show”Derby Days Out

It was ROARSOME … A fantastic story line with hilarious characters, puppetry and of course that signature toilet humour
- Boom Magazine Belper

"The things they can do with puppets, shadows and light for effect is amazing." Derby Telegraph

Reviews from Babbling Vagabonds' previous Christmas show - 'Captain Sprout and the Christmas Pirates':

"It's funny, feel-good and the crowd loved it. A definite contender for the best Christmas show in Derby." Burton Mail

"We've had a swashbuckling time at Captain Sprout and The Christmas Pirates today - an absolutely fantastic show!" Derby Days Out