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The Toymaker's Child

artwork for 2022 christmas show The Toymakers Child, ft a silhouette of a child and fairground

The toymaker lives a simple and quiet life. He has just one child, his pride and joy; but (as all parents do) he worries. They often play alone and rarely bring friends home from school. Worried his child is lonely, the toymaker cooks up a cunning plan...

Using a magical 3D printer, he creates an all-singing all-dancing AI child! However, things don't quite go according to plan when the AI child, serial number PIN:0Cch10, proves to be a bit too mischievous to handle!

Get ready for a theatrical experience that will leave you spellbound. With a captivating cast of colourful characters, big laughs and stunning sets The Toymaker's Child promises to be an unforgettable journey. Join our talented cast of over 200 as they fill the stage with wonder, beauty, and just a touch of delightful chaos.


British sign language

British Sign Language Integration

Closed captions

Captioned Performances

Audio Described

Audio Described Performances

Welcome to our Accessible Performances at Chickenshed. We are committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy our shows to the fullest. Here's everything you need to know about our accessible features.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and email our access team here.

British Sign Language Integration

All performances feature integrated British Sign Language. Need advice on optimal seating for Sign Language viewing? Email us at

Captioned Performances

Catch captioned shows on:

Fri 15 Dec at 7pm
Sat 16 Dec at 3pm & 7pm
Sun 17 Dec at 1.30pm

Audio Described Performances

Join us for audio described shows on:

Tue 19 Dec at 7pm
Wed 20 Dec at 7pm
Thu 21 Dec at 7pm
Sat 23 Dec at 5.30pm

Touch Tours

Touch tours can be offered before all Audio Described performances.

Audio Notes

Pre-show Audio Notes will be made available prior to opening night .

Sensory Sensitive Performances

Wed 10 Jan at 7pm
Whilst all our shows are open to everyone and anyone to attend we respect that for some audiences the theatre experience can be overwhelming. This show is designed with lower sound and light levels to create a sensory sensitive performance.

Access tickets

Tickets for Signing, Captioned, Audio Described, and wheelchair users will be offered at a reduced rate, typically equivalent to the gallery rate for that specific performance. 

Get in touch with the Box Office here for further information.

Keep in touch

Stay connected with us on social media! Give us a thumbs up on Facebook and tag us in your stories on Insta using #CSToyMaker. Get ready for a sneak peek at all the show updates and snapshots of rehearsals!.

Schools Performances

This year, we are thrilled to present 15 dedicated school performances on the following dates:

  • Tue 28 Nov at 10am & 1pm
  • Wed 29 Nov at 12pm
  • Thu 30 Nov at 12pm
  • Fri 1 Dec at 12pm
  • Tue 5 Dec at 10am & 1pm
  • Wed 6 Dec at 10am & 1pm
  • Thu 7 Dec at 12pm
  • Fri 8 Dec at 12pm
  • Tue 12 Dec at 10am & 1pm
  • Wed 13 Dec at 12pm
  • Thu 14 Dec at 12pm

All seats are priced at £12.00 each.

**Additionally, for every 10 tickets purchased, a complimentary teacher's ticket will be provided.

School performances are exclusively available for booking by schools and must be arranged through our Box Office at 020 8292 9222 or

To complete your booking, please fill out the Schools Booking Form.

You can access our risk assessment for school performances by downloading it here.

Rota Groups

Our incredible cast of 800 performers is split over 4 different rota groups - Yellow, Blue, Red and Green. 

If you are looking to see a particular performer, click here for the Rota Timetable.

two cast members performing in Jack (2022)
'Jack', 2023 Christmas Show


Reviews & audience feedback for our 2022 Christmas Show, Jack!

'This Jack is giant steps above the rest!'

The Guardian ★★★★

'infectious energy and excitement'

The Stage ★★★★
performers in Jack 2022 Chickenshed Christmas show
Jack (2022 Christmas Show)

'sheer energy and joyousness'

The Times ★★★★

'This show is a reminder of the sheer joy that theatre can bring to performer and audience alike'

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

Our 2023 Christmas Show is Sponsored by Bh2.

Times & Tickets for The Toymaker's Child

Friday 15 December 2023

Saturday 16 December 2023

Sunday 17 December 2023

Tuesday 19 December 2023

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Thursday 21 December 2023

Saturday 23 December 2023

Wednesday 10 January 2024

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Thursday 14 December 2023

Friday 15 December 2023

Saturday 16 December 2023

Sunday 17 December 2023

Tuesday 19 December 2023

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Thursday 21 December 2023

Friday 22 December 2023

Saturday 23 December 2023

Wednesday 27 December 2023

Thursday 28 December 2023

Friday 29 December 2023

Saturday 30 December 2023

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