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Sleeping Beauty

Grove Theatre, Dunstable 7.00pm, 9 December 2017 With a very funny script that had me actually LOLing, some very cleverly directed scenes and a top notch cast, Evolution Pantomimes’ Sleeping Beauty at the Grove provided a great start to the panto season. Opening the show was CBeebies Rebecca Wheatley, who, as a sweet and lovely … Continue reading

Awful Auntie

Milton Keynes Theatre 7.00pm, 8 November, 2017 To be honest, Awful Auntie is a bit of an understatement but to call her Downright Evil Auntie wouldn’t have the same alliterative qualities as a title! David Walliam’s book is a kind of Agatha Christie for youngsters, but more fun, and this adaptation from Neal Foster and … Continue reading

The Hunting of the Snark

Hertford Theatre, Hertford 1.30pm, 4 November 2017 Alice in Wonderland was a bit odd but Lewis Carroll’s Hunting of the Snark is well and truly bonkers – and this show inspired by it is laugh out loud funny. Directed by Gemma Colclough, the fast paced 70-minute show by composer Gareth Cooper and playwright Annabel Wigoder … Continue reading

Book Story

Trestle Theatre, St Albans 6.00pm, 13 October 2017 Have you ever wondered what happens when you go out, leaving your books nestled comfortably and in order on their shelves? No? Well perhaps you should?! Monstro’s Book Story begins with puppets of a father reading to his son, Brian. The boy rejects a number of them before … Continue reading

The Sooty Show Live

Radlett Centre, Radlett 11.00pm, 23 September 2017 To be honest we went to see The Sooty Show more for my benefit than V’s and I can truthfully say I laughed more during this show than I have during any TV comedy in the last decade. Sweep’s definitely still got it! The Sooty Show concept has been rebooted … Continue reading

Wind in the Willows

Hatfield Park Farm 2.00pm, 24 August 2017 When Weasel says he’ll build a wall around Toad Hall and make the Riverbank creatures pay for it – in order to “make the Wild Wood great again” and you laugh out loud, you know you’re enjoying yourself. Plus your daughter is also giggling at the antics of … Continue reading

Billionaire Boy

Forty Hall 3.00pm, 5 August 2017 You genuinely can’t beat a bit of outdoor theatre in the summer and Heartbreak Productions’ adaptation of a favourite David Walliams story did everything to make it a really engaging performance, making everybody feel they were part of the show without embarrassing them! Len Spud – the owner of … Continue reading

Shark in the Park

Hertford Theatre 3.30pm, 27 May 2017 Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books are simple but clever – with the use of a “keyhole” on the page, young boy Timothy Pope looks through his telescope and sees what he thinks is a shark’s fin, shouting – (obviously) “There’s a shark in the park!”. But then … Continue reading

The First Hippo on the Moon

Alban Arena 4.30pm, 9 May 2017 We’d describe this as an hour of fun – much of which is devoted to talking about poos and farts, so what’s not to like?! For adults it was more bearable than most, for a seven-year-old it could be described as one of the funniest shows she’d ever seen … Continue reading

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

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