19-20 February 2014
Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Me, my husband and little boy set off to Brighton with much excitement for Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. It’s only 35 minutes away from us so an easy drive and none of us had actually been to the Theatre Royal before so we were looking forward to it. We certainly knew when we had found it as there were hordes of excited children outside clutching their favourite Peppa Pig items.
The tickets included a brochure of the show, which was a really nice souvenir with colourful pictures of the show and stickers to play with later. I joined the queue for merchandise and got one for Ethan, there was lots of other items to choose from too, from T shirts to soft toys, prices started at £4.00 for the Peppa Pig purse.
Inside the theatre you could get drinks, sweets and ice creams and more importantly there was a buggy storage area. We went straight through to find our seats thinking we would grab a drink later. The theatre really is wonderful, a real old fashioned theatre with three levels and separate boxes and it was just the right size for a children’s performance as everyone had a good view.
The show started around ten minutes late, so everyone was getting a little restless but it was soon all forgotten when the show started. Ethan was mesmerised from the time it started, right through to the end. The stage scenery was really bright, the singing fun and most of the scenes interactive. Daisy (the only human!) led the show telling the story about the main character, Peppa Pig, brother George and various animal friends, oh and not forgetting Mr Potato!
The puppeteers were excellent; in a strange way you forgot they were there even though they are in full view all of the time. They really made the stories come alive with their singing. Daisy quickly got the audience participating, looking for various lost items on the stage and encouraging the children to shout, sing, clap and wave their hands in the air.
After around 40 minutes there was a 15 minute interval, ice creams were £7.00 for two which was quite expensive, and then they were all back on stage with new scenery and part two of the story. The production ended with Peppa Pig’s big splash, I won’t spoil it by saying what that is but it meant all the children jumping up and down, lots of laughter and the front rows getting wet.
Everyone seemed to have a great time and it was fabulous to see so many excited faces. The fact that Ethan managed to stay awake through the whole thing having not had his lunchtime nap showed how enjoyable it was.
A definite must if you have young children.
Tickets cost from £16.40 to £22.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee). For more information or to book tickets click here.
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is on tour around the UK until October with more dates to be announced, for more information or to book tickets at a theatre near you visit www.peppapiglive.com.