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Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – live on stage for the first time!

It was only the other day that me and my husband were discussing why there wasn’t a Ben and Holly stage show, given the huge success of the Peppa Pig tours.

Then, lo and behold, a couple of days later I was stupidly excited when a press release with details of the first ever stage version of the BAFTA award-winning TV animation, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom dropped into my inbox.

It comes courtesy of the makers of Peppa Pig and the producers of the two hugely successful Peppa Pig theatre tours, who clearly don’t miss a trick, and will tour the UK in 2012 and 2013, opening at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford on 26 October.

Excited much! And if I am, goodness knows how the two-year-old will react!

Currently a favourite show for pre-schoolers, this charmingly magical animation has aired on Nick Jr since April 2009 and on 5’s Milkshake since April 2010.

The Little Kingdom – where everyone is very, very small – is home to Princess Holly and her best friend Ben Elf. Holly is a young fairy princess who is still learning how to do magic properly and sometimes her spells don’t work out quite right.

Ben is an Elf. Elves don’t do magic but they are very good at making things. Ben doesn’t have wings like Holly but he flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird.

If anything, it’s possible for adults to enjoy it even more than Peppa. The rivalry between the elves and the fairies, highlighted by the testy relationship between Holly’s nanny Nanny Plum and the Wise Old Elf, who nanny insists is just an Old Elf is very funny.

It’s a world where magic seemingly can solve everything but the elves always have an answer and spells don’t always prove to be the right way of going about things.

The series won a BAFTA award for Best Pre-School Animation in 2009 and a British Animation Award for Best Pre-School Series in 2012.

In the new musical adventure, adapted for the stage by Richard Lewis, Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston clean up his messy cave, go on a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum and still have time to plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with an unplanned jelly flood (the subject of probably my favourite episode and the mind boggles at how they will recreate this on the stage!).

Described as being “packed full of games, songs and laughter” it is all set to be a  beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence.

Richard Lewis also directs the show and, as he adapted and directed the two highly popular Peppa Pig theatre tours and the two LazyTown Live tours, I am expecting good things!


UK TOUR 2012 – 2013

Full details at: www.benandhollylive.com

Orchard Theatre, Dartford
26-28 October 2012

New Wimbledon Theatre
31 October – 1 November 2012

The Anvil, Basingstoke
3-4 November 2012

York, Barbican
7-8 November 2012

Princes Hall, Aldershot
10-11 November 2012

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing
14-15 November 2012

The Grove, Dunstable
17-18 November 2012

Theatre Royal, Nottingham
19-20 January 2013

Assembly Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
22-23 January 2013

Beck Theatre, Hayes
26 -27 January 2013

New Theatre, Hull
29-30 January 2013

Corn Exchange, Cambridge
2-3 February 2013

Palace Theatre, Southend
9-10 February 2013

G Live, Guildford
13-14 February 2013

Colosseum, Watford
16-17 February 2013

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
22-23 February 2013

Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
27-28 February 2013

Assembly Rooms, Derby
6-7 March 2013

de Montford Hall, Leicester
2-3 April 2013

St David’s Hall, Cardiff
10-11 April 2013

Hall for Cornwall, Truro
13-14 April 2013

Further tour details to be announced.


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