There’s nothing more exciting than a day at the theatre. We bring stories to life on stage with productions happening throughout the school year.

School Visits

Throughout the year we offer lots of creative learning opportunities for students of all ages. Your class can experience a live theatre show, enjoy world-class art exhibitions, or enjoy a creative workshop led by professional artists.

Working closely with the current curriculum, we’ve created a number of opportunities to support school learning at The Market Place Theatre, Armagh.

When it comes to bringing a lesson alive, The Market Place Theatre, Armagh is the place to be. We’ve welcomed thousands of school children to the Market Place Theatre and counting, so if you haven’t been to visit us yet here are a few ideas of how to get the most from your Market Place Theatre visit.

The Assistant's Revenge | Fri 29 Sept | 10.00am & 12.00pm | £5.00

The Assistant's Revenge is a brand new theatrical production, for older children (7+) and adults, from multi-award winning theatre company, Cahoots NI.

A phone rings in the dead of night. Sam Sullivan, a small-time Private Eye hears a frightened voice on the end of the line. 

'Someone's trying to kill me'

The voice leads him to a strange travelling show at the edge of town where he meets Felix, an escapologist, and his assistants Molly and Crystal, one of whom appears to have murder in mind. Sullivan is plunged into a world of danger and deceit and a case with more twists and turns than a ten inch corkscrew. 

Expect music, glamour, magic, death-defying escapology and even a little…murder.

Assistant's Revenge

Strange Feathers | Wed 11 Oct | 10.00am & 1.00pm | £5.00

Join two birds hatching into the world, on a journey of discovery, as they hear the sounds of nature, see colours for the first time and learn how to fly. 

Mixing exciting aerial circus, dance, live music, soft colourful lighting, and soothing sensory sounds, these friendly birds and their feathers will enthrall young audiences! This is an engaging and humorous interactive, non-verbal show, specifically designed and created for young children.

Fidget Feet is an Aerial Dance Theatre company who perform and tour regularly across five continents and to audiences of hundreds of thousands of people. 

The show is suitable for young audiences aged 18 months to 7 years.

Strange Feathers

Pause & Effect | Tues 17 Oct | 10.00am & 11.15am | £3.00

Pause and Effect is a fun-filled dance production suitable for ages 3+. Four dancers accompanied by sixty blocks create a colourful whirlwind of action, construction, deconstruction and reconstruction. They dart, scramble, dash and squabble with their humorous and playful antics conveying messages of friendship, understanding, support and sharing, competition and communication.

Audiences will enjoy the playful antics of these four amigos. A perfect introduction to dance for young audiences, particularly suitable for Foundation and Key Stage 1 school groups. Participating schools will be offered a free workshop at the school.

‘A clever blend of playful humour, playground games and precisely timed, sophisticated dance technique’ Culture Northern Ireland

Pause And Effect

Teddy's Day On The Farm | Thurs 19 Oct | 10.15am | £4.00

Eddy The Teddy's best friend, Sammy Ragdoll, complains that Eddy never does anything for her, so he decides to make her breakfast. However, she wants an egg and there are none in the kitchen.

So, Eddy finds himself on the Farm and meets Old MacDonald who says he can help himself to an egg. However, Eddy has no idea which animal could help him. He asks the Silly Sheep, and Daisy the Cow and Pat the Dog before discovering he needs to find a bird. Can Ducky Quack Quack help him or will Henrietta Hen be of more use? Eddy is going to need the help of the children in the audience if Sammy is to have her breakfast!

As two talented actors use elements of theatre, mime, puppetry and songs to bring this story to life, this show promises to provide a very entertaining experience for children aged 3 - 6 years!

Teddys Day Out

Shakespeare Schools Festival | Thurs 9 Nov | 7.00pm | £6.50 [20+ Groups Rate]

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival at The Market Place Theatre. In the celebratory finale of their Festival journey, 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools nationwide will unite on their local professional stage in thrilling performance evenings.

Whether you are a parent, friend or another local school, we invite you to an exhilarating evening of theatre where you will see Shakespeare’s stories brought to life like never before.

Details of the schools performing at The Market Place can be found on SSF’s website:

“Every child in every school ought to have the chance to experience this magical process. Long live the Shakespeare Schools Festival!” Philip Pullman, Author and SSF Patron

Shakespeare Schools

Sleeping Beauty | Mon 4 - Thurs 21 Dec | Various Times | £8.00

The panto dreams are made of...

The Market Place Theatre is delighted to announce this year’s Christmas spectacular, ‘Sleeping Beauty’. This full-scale traditional pantomime will combine wonderful music, song and dance, colourful costumes, memorable characters, and loads of audience participation, in a lively and sparkling Christmas adventure.

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a beautiful princess is born. The entire kingdom is delighted, apart from the evil fairy, who places a curse on the Princess, so that she will prick her finger on a poisoned spinning wheel on her 16th birthday! Who could possibly break such a terrible spell? And who will be brave enough to challenge the evil fairy? And what mad shenanigans will occur in the meantime? Come to The Market Place Theatre this Christmas to find out…

Featuring all your favourite panto characters, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is guaranteed to be a fun-packed traditional family pantomime for all ages! Fun, frolics and laughter abound in this spectacular take on the thrilling and timeless classic.

‘Sleeping Beauty’ promises an unforgettably festive experience coupled with The Market Place Theatre’s renowned reputation for high quality, professional pantomimes that are among the best in Ireland. We recommend this production for children of all ages, from 5 to 95!

Click here for performance schedule

Sleeping Beauty


To place a group booking, please call the Group Booking Line on 028 3752 1830, or click here for an online booking form and our terms and conditions.

Please note: We recommend that schools reserve tickets as soon as possible to ensure that all members of the group can sit together.


In an ongoing commitment to customer service, and to ensure we continue to programme events in a manner which suits the needs of school audiences, we would like to invite Principals | Heads Of Department to take part in one-off Focus Groups. If you would be interested in taking part, please contact us on [028] 3752 1830.