Oh my word, is it wrong to be so excited?!
Today we have taken advantage of priority booking to purchase tickets for Justin & Friends, a new CBeebies spectacular starring the channel’s ubiquitous Justin Fletcher, which is gracing some of the UK’s arenas during the 2013 Easter holidays.
We are only a few rows from the front. V will be beyond excited and my weird crush can be indulged!
I think if you have never had a child under five, the name of Justin Fletcher will mean diddly squat, but if you have, then he’s likely to be a bit of a legend, the Brian Cant of his time.
Three years ago I had never heard of him but now I have joined that (formerly annoying) group who refer to “Justin” as if he is their own personal childminder.
He is known for his slapstick routines and a wide range of characters in programmes such as Something Special – which was created for youngsters with learning difficulties but loved by all and Gigglebiz – a kind of pre-school Little Britain.
He also won the first BAFTA ever given to a presenter of pre-school programmes for Something Special and in 2008 was awarded an MBE for services to children’s television.
His latest programme is Justin’s House, the first ever CBeebies programme recorded in front of a live studio audience of pre-schoolers (he obviously likes to live dangerously!) and where he and friends Robert the Robot, Dee Livery, Little Monster and various special guests get into funny situations around “his house”. It reminds me a lot of Crackerjack!
Justin & Friends is said to be packed full of songs, dance and comedy routines and will bring together his most-loved characters in one show including the ever popular Mr Tumble.
It all comes from the team who created the hit production CBeebies Live! Reach to the Stars and the adverts also promise lots of surprise CBeebies guests.
The show’s publicity also tantalisingly promises to have both children and parents dancing in the aisles – well, I have to say, for me it doesn’t take much!
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 29 June, prices vary according to venue.
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 and all children must have a ticket. The show will contain amplified (loud) sound and it is not recommended for children under the age of 18 months.
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – 31 March 2013
Manchester Arena – 1 April 2013
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena – 3 April 2013
Liverpool Echo Arena – 4 April 2013
London Wembley Arena – 6 and 7 April 2013
Glasgow – The SECC, Clyde Auditorium & Lomond Auditorium – 8 and 9 April
Birmingham LG Arena – 11 April 2013
Nottingham Capital FM Arena – 12 April 2013
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – 13 and 14 April 2013
Check individual venues for performance times.