Dancing Along At In The Night Garden Live

In The Night Garden has been a part of the bedtime routine in our house for over  eighteen years!

The cute characters and catchy songs find it a show that is hard not to like so when we were asked to come along and take a look at In The Night Garden Live I knew there would be some happy faces.

The show in running until the 21st of August and is moving around London, Birmingham and Manchester.

We chose to go and see an early performance in Richmond Park and there are still a few tickets to grab if you are lucky enough.

Upon arriving we were greeted at the huge purpose built show done by a host of super happy ushers that took our tickets and explained to us what would be going on.

We were pointed in the direction of the massive buggy park which I normally find a nightmare to navigate, but there was ample space to get buggies in and out.

We were fashionably late and the dome was almost full as we entered.  There are only thirteen rows of seating set out in a bench style format.  This makes for an intimate setting that if perfect for little ones.  The benches allow the children to move freely without annoying anyone else to much.

As soon as the characters such as Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy took to the stage there were screams of fun and laugher from the children – well and a few adults too!

Number four who is the ripe old age of four had told me the he wasn’t really wanting to go as it would be to babyish for him.  Strangely enough though he was singing, dancing and clapping along to the whole show.


The mixture of puppetry, costumes and panoramic projection were perfect, and keep tiny eyes and minds glued to the stage for nearly a whole hour.


We have been to many theatre shows as a family and this is by far the best equipped for children.  Every little thing has been thought of down to little steps and seats in the toilets to microwaves for bottle and food warning.

Sadly I didn’t realise that you could pre ok to meet one of the characters as a family which sounded like a great experience and something we will add if we visit again next year.

If you are looking to introduce your children to the wonders of the stage this is the perfect place to start.

I have come away with a fuzzy feeling in my tummy from the brilliant performance and the magic in every child’s eyes.


*we were gifted tickets to this show and they are all my own, honest opinions.

The Gruffalo Review

  

A week before Christmas I was a little sceptical about taking the kids into town to fight through the Christmas shoppers but we had a surprising good journey and arrived at the Vaudeville Theatre relatively stress free.

We had a bit of a nightmare getting our massive buggy up the flight of stairs to the buggy park but once it was stored away we made our way to our seats to be greeted by the beautifully designed staging that had been made to look just like you have stepped into a page of the much loved story book of The Gruffalo.

Number five decided to have a melt down about the lack of satsumas in my bag but was promptly stopped when the lights went down and the performance started.

The cute character of the mouse was the first to take to the stage as she sets off on her journey through the woods cleverly outwitting the cheeky cockney fox, wise old owl and the super camp snake as she goes until her final encounter with the Gruffalo.

The audience are encouraged to join in with counting, singing and answering panto style questions which is perfect to keep the predominantly young audience engaged. At the end the big, bubbly character of the Gruffalo even comes down into the audience much to the delight of the children.

I had an age range of nine to a year with me and they all throughly enjoyed the whole show.  They even added a few adult friendly jokes in to keep the parents amused.

I loved that they had added a Christmas twist to the end with the mouse wishing everyone a merry Christmas under a shower of pretty snow.  For me this would make a wonderful Christmas treat for the whole family and something they will remember for years to come.
We were given tickets for the performance for the purpose of this review.  They are all my own honest opinions.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea Review

One adult and four children in a theatre!  I have to admit I was wondering what was crossing my mind as I boarded the train on Sunday morning to go and watch The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

We arrived after a relatively pain free journey to be greeted at the doors and lead to out seats at the beautiful Lyric Theatre.

With our tiger souvenirs in hand and snacks at the ready the show began and the children’s attention was immediately drawn to the stage.

The older ones already knew the story and could preemt the arrival of each lovable character as they appeared; and the younger two were glued to the stage to see what was going to happen next.

The story of a mother and daughters day at home that is turned upside down by the arrival of a tiger making a visit for his tea is kept to throughout the play with some catchy songs and dances added to make the production even more special.

There was lots of interaction with the audience and mine all loved joining in with the catchy songs, counting down on the clock until each visitor arrives at the door and taking to their feet to join in with dancing.

I had a range of ages from thirteen to nearly two and they all thoroughly enjoyed the show.  My biggest worry was my youngest who normally can’t sit still for more than five minutes but I needn’t have worried at all as he watched and joined in with the whole show without a murmur.

The show is only running until the 10th January and I would highly recommend giving your little ones a Christmas treat to remember by taking them along to experience the wonderful adaptation of a real children’s classic.
We were gifted these tickets for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.