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03 February 2017 6:45pm

1,000 years ago, there was no place like England for a good story... because there was no place called England!

This was a time of huge battles, because the Saxons and the Vikings hated each other. So when a Viking called Knut tried to be the king of the Saxons too, the Saxons weren't happy.

But when a stranger turns up at their door, a grumbly Saxon and his son Aethelred decide to let him in. Soon, they're all sharing stories about giants, gods, and magic - and discover some surprising secrets about each other...

Can Vikings and Saxons be friends? Will Aethelred see his mother again? And just why is King Knut dressed like that?

Find out in the tale of The First King of England... in a Dress!

A fun-packed family storytelling show including puppetry, music from a "genuine" electro-acoustic Anglo-Saxon lyre... and plenty of joining in!

Doors open from 6:15pm. Arrive early for extra stories and face-painting!

Produced by Snail Tales with support from: the Arts Council of England; Babylon Arts; East Cambridgeshire District Council; the Diocese of Ely; Cambridgeshire Libraries; and The History Press.


Tickets £7 adults £3 children available ONLINE at or from ELY CATHEDRAL BOX OFFICE 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.00pm) or email: gro/lardehtacyle//eciffo/xob

Schools only performance 10.30am - 1.30pm

A great show for children studying the Saxons or Vikings in history or as a PSCHE topic on friendship and inclusiveness.

£2.50 per child, adults free of charge. Please contact Nicky Ayscough on 01353 660332 or gro/lardehtacyle//hguocsya/n to book the schools' performance. Bring a packed lunch!