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Peppa Pig’s Adventure at Theatre Royal Haymarket | Review

Peppa Pig's AdventurePeppa Pig and her friends are back in the West End for a limited season with their new show: Peppa Pig’s Adventure. Now, as a pre-school entertainment brand, I’d say I’m not your typical audience member, so I invited along my friend and his 4-year-old daughter Bella. Bella had never been to the theatre before so this was a new experience for her.

I was also keen to see how the show would be brought to life on the stage, and how a cast and crew would keep a room full of children entertained and sat in their seats! I need not have worried, this show is a perfect piece of “edutainment” a real testament to Firey Angels and Richard Lewis, Director and adapter of the Peppa Pig live theatre productions. I can easily see how this is the fifth touring production they have worked on, it flows naturally and has really great production values.

The show takes place at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and I must commend the ushers and venue staff for the way they dismantled buggies and directed hundreds of kids and their guardians to their seats all for the prompt starting time of 11 am. This is a task that was carried out with military precision.

The show itself is great fun, it’s hugely interactive and encourages kids of all ages to join in with songs and simple actions. It also allows the audience to shout at the stage and the characters, allowing the kids to feel part of the show. I fully embraced my inner child and sang along to Hickory Dickory Dock, as well as clapping along to other fun songs.

As you can imagine, not many pre-schoolers will sit nicely throughout a full-theatre production, this show caters for its audience beautifully; it runs at 1 hour 20 with an interval in the middle which is about right and allows families and kids to stretch their legs mid-show.

The characters, Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Madam Gazelle, Daddy Pig, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Gifaffe are all puppets and are moved around the stage very well by their puppeteers. True artistry that is not seen on the stage enough. The audience appeared to really buy into their style of performance and it remained very true to the eOne brand that kids all over the world love.

Daisy, our human actor, is played masterfully by Bronte Tadman, she is the show’s main protagonist and narrates the story and is able to talk and interact with the audience. She has a great on-stage presence and is a dream to watch. She fully embraces the character and works really well with the puppets/puppeteers. She looks really comfortable on stage and performs really well with the puppets, She allows them to take centre stage of the show, whilst providing a perfect supporting role moving the production and the story along.

The story is simple and easy to follow, it incorporates lots of familiar Peppa Pig traits including Peppa’s favourite activity Jumping in Muddy Puddles. There is also an element of 4D in this show, spoiler alert! when it rains on stage, quite a lot of the audience in the back of the stalls get quite wet!!! This went down really well with the kids, the adults, I’m not so sure!

The theme of the show is Peppa’s adventure camping trip, a really nice and easy theme that allows the creators to utilise lots of elements of discovery and learning for the audience. There are some beautiful lighting effects when Peppa and her friends are at the campfire, again the puppeteers gracefully move fireflies and owls across the stage, it is also hypnotising watching the lights and listening to the music, a really lovely way to calm the kids down after the excitement and singing they have just been doing! Also, being a Christmas show, Santa Claus makes a welcomed appearance on stage, at this point, the audience went wild and started shouting at Santa, it was really magical to watch.

At the end of the show, I asked Bella, which bits she loved the most, she confidently told me that she loved Santa and is looking forward to him coming to her house for Christmas, she also liked the campfire bit. I asked her to say how many stars this show would get with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the best and she replied ‘I’d give it 8 stars out of 5!’

So, there you have it, Bella gives this show a big thumbs up and is looking forward to her next theatre show and of course Christmas!

5 Star Rating

Review by Faye Stockley

Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in the brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure!

Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music!

The happy campers soon settle down to sleep and listen to the gentle pitter patter of rain. Safe and warm inside their tents the excited group can look forward to morning time, when there will be lots of muddy puddles to play in!

BOOKING PERIOD: Saturday 8th December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019.
RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes – Including a 20-minute interval.

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  • Faye Stockley

    Faye read Theatre & Performance at The University of Warwick; she went on to work as a stage manager in London and Edinburgh. She had a year's stint on-board the MV Island Escape as a Social Host and Compere and now works full time as a Recruitment Manager for the broadcast, entertainment and media sectors.

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