Children’s shows – reviews

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Milton Keynes Theatre 12.00, 21 April 2017 Another triumph for children from the Northern Ballet Theatre. Once again, they have provided the perfect way to introduce young ones to the magic of live theatre, and in particular of course, ballet. Most children will probably know the story of Goldilocks & the Three Bears – and … Continue reading

42nd St

Drury Lane Theatre 2.30pm, 15 April 2017 For my seven-year-old tap dancer, this show was not only a glitzy, shimmering and glamorous experience, it was a revelation. Although the tapping was fast, furious and technically brilliant, she realised that they were also doing many of her steps from her Grade 1 tap class – albeit … Continue reading


Cambridge Theatre 3.00pm, 9 April 2017 Even though we’d heard such good things about Matilda, we waited until V was seven before taking her. Partly because we thought she’d now get more out of it and partly because after two trips to The Lion King, we needed to save up! The wait was worth it. … Continue reading

Fantastic Mr Fox

Milton Keynes Theatre 7 March, 2017 – 7.30pm To be absolutely honest, I didn’t think I’d enjoy this half as much as I did. You know how it is, you know your child will enjoy a Roald Dahl adaptation and you know you won’t mind it – but to be honest, on a week night … Continue reading


Alban Arena 2pm, 16 February 2017 A nice, compact and reasonably short show – 55 minutes without an interval – full of monstery fun and with some catchy original music and audience participation. Based on the picture book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, the creators of Aliens Love Underpants, it tells of Monty – … Continue reading

The Red Shoes

Milton Keynes Theatre 14 February 2017, 7.30pm I’d waited a long time for this, but finally I thought that an ideal seventh birthday treat would be to take V to see a work from the man who is arguably our greatest choreographer and director. Sir Matthew Bourne. And the production? The Red Shoes. I tell … Continue reading

Disney on Ice

Genting Arena, Birmingham 3.00pm, Saturday 9 April 2016 Another amazing show from the Disney on Ice team, where short versions of favourite films are created – on ice! This offering saw a beautiful It’s a Small World and and exciting The Lion King and Peter Pan in the first half – with a surpise touch … Continue reading

Mary Poppins

Birmingham Hippodrome 2.00pm, 5 April 2016 The last time we saw the stage version of Mary Poppins, Mr Childplays and I were looking for tips for when looking after our young neices! Now, with a six-year-old ourselves, we knew that her methods are complete bobbins but the actual show is still a wonderful piece of … Continue reading

Alice in Wonderland

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage 2.30pm, 26 March 2016 With a sea of flashy things in the auditorium, you could be forgiven for thinking it was Christmas not Easter but why not – with a four day break, it was great to have some good family theatre on. The Gordon Craig have put on Lewis Carroll’s … Continue reading

The Tortoise and the Hare

Grove Theatre, Dunstable 4pm, 12 February 2016 Following on from the success of The Ugly Duckling, The Three Little Pigs and the Elves and the Shoemaker, the latest children’s ballet from the Northern Ballet Theatre is just as ace as the others! They have really mastered the art of ballet for youngsters depicting familiar stories … Continue reading