ALL aboard for The Hunting Of The Snark! The ship is departing and all children, animals and silly people are welcome when the children's show visits the Grand Opera House, York, next month.

The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this musical comedy adventure for four to 94 year olds.

On tour after a West End run, the show taps into the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll in a new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his much-loved classic poem, featuring five high-energy actors, life-like puppets, fantastical characters and lashings of daft humour.

In Carroll's tale, a riotous ragtag gang of bold adventurers – the Boy, the Banker, the Butcher, the Baker, the Bellman and the knitting Beaver – sets off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark. On the journey they encounter the Jub Jub bird, the sly Bandersnatch and the dastardly Boojum, but can a Snark be caught with soap? Will the Beaver escape the hungry Butcher’s clutches? Will the Baker remember his name? Does anyone know what a Snark actually looks like?

This funny, joyful, fast-paced musical, replete witty songs, will be staged at 1.30pm and 4.30pm on September 29 and 11am and 2pm on September 30. Tickets are on sale at or at 0844 871 3024.

Win tickets

Courtesy of the Grand Opera House, York, What's On has two sets of family tickets – four seats per family – to be won for The Hunting Of The Snark.

The two winners can each choose which performance they want to attend.

Question: Who wrote The Hunting Of The Snark?

Send your answer, with your name, address and daytime phone number, either on a postcard to Charles Hutchinson, Snark Competition, The Press, 84-86 Walmgate, York, YO1 9YN, or by email to by next Friday, marked Snark Competition. Usual competition rules apply.