YORK can look forward to not one but two productions of Rapunzel, the fairytale girl who is taken away from what she knows and protected from all the things she loves.

First, Leeds children’s theatre company Tutti Frutti celebrates its 21st birthday by linking up with York Theatre Royal for Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale of the girl with the magical golden hair.

Directed by Tutti Frutti artistic director Wendy Harris, this new production for children aged three and upwards will be staged in an inventive, visual and physical style with live music by Chris Mellor and a magical design by Catherine Chapman.

“Rapunzel is a story about the curiosity and joys of growing up, risk taking and discovering who you are,” says Mike, above, the York playwright also responsible for this summer’s York Mystery Plays in the Museum Gardens.

Tutti Frutti’s playful production will run in the Theatre Royal Studio from September 27 to October 13 and tickets have gone on sale on 01904 623568 or yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Looking further ahead, York Barbican and Enchanted Entertainment are to present Rapunzel as their second Easter pantomime after staging The Wizard Of Oz in April this year.

Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer played Dorothy in that show, and although next April’s cast is yet to be confirmed, the producers promise “a host of famous TV stars, a full supporting cast and an amazing live band”.

This new show, featuring songs, dance routines and laughter, will be performed on April 7 and 8 next year.

For tickets, phone 0844 854 2757, visit yorkbarbican.co.uk or buy them in person from the Barbican box office, open Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm.