Peppa Pig's Surprise Live, December 2016, Review from Culture Club Kids
If you know anything about the Culture Club kids, you know that they like to share facts about their favourite things. They can often be overheard showing off big time, saying things like "...How many legs does an octopus have ? Ah Ha, it doesn't have any legs, it has 4 pairs of arms!".
So in true style, here is a quiz to test your Peppa knowledge, and if you get 90% you are then allowed to watch this clip of Daddy Pigs best bits;
1. Who is Peppa Pigs best friend ? A. Rebecca Rabbit
2. What instrument does Peppa's teacher, Madame Gazelle play ? A. Guitar
3. What is the name of Peppas pen pal A. Delphine Donkey
4. What colour is Daddy Pigs shirt? A. Always turquoise unless he is racing.
5. What cake is Peppa's favourite ? A. Chocolate (made by Peppa's Granny)
Peppa Pig's Surprise Is Perfect Family Festive Fun For The Under 5's
We sent one on our favourite culture club families to see Peppa Pig's Surprise Live last weekend, and they well and truly enchanted by the show. Here they are ready for action, and showing their full appreciation of their special day out.
Winnie, Florence and their best friend are devotee fans, and have been spoon fed Peppa TV Shows since they were born.
It was a recommendation from the midwife whom their Mama Abi met in the hospital, that she ensure her baby girls watch a daily Peppa TV episode, as the midwife knew that Winnie and Flo, were going to grow into such quiet, calm and compliant little angels. Even the NHS advise that a daily dose of Peppa and Daddy Pig, is perfect medicine for the whole family.
Winnie's eyes lit up when the show started, and all three girls sat transfixed through both halves of the show (1hr 20 mins in total), and didn't even say they were hungry once!
The show was designed perfectly in keeping with the TV show, with it's bright design and engaging performances, and the seamless use of puppets, they managed to keep the kids attention throughout ready and waiting for the big surprise.
There are songs for the kids to sing along to, and a great music score that keeps the whole audience on a high, which ensures that old saying is true "Happy Kids, Happy Peppa, Happy Families!".
It was a perfect theatre trip for our smaller culture club members, and it was also a treat to be at the theatre with so many other excited pre-school kids and their families, all with one thing in common; a true adoration for a family of pigs.
This special family deserve to have gained such a wide and infamous global following over the last 16 years, it's just a shame we don't have CBBC piped into our homes from 0500 like the good old days, because there aren't many shows out there that as loved by kids from the age dot and upwards like Peppa Pig, that also has an equal amount of devoted grown up fans too.
Richard Lewis once again has adapted for stage episodes from the hit TV show, created by Astley Baker Davies, and he also directs. He has done the same for all three Peppa Pig live stage shows: Peppa Pig’s Party (2009 - 2011), Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt (2011 - 12) and Peppa Pig’s Big Splash (2013 - 2014). His most recent productions include other Fiery Light top-selling children’s theatre productions: Octonauts Live (currently on tour) and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom (first tour in 2012 and now back on tour again in 2015).
Cast are Melanie Ann, Emma Grace Arends, Liam Farrow, Auriol Hatcher, Emma Hilts, Lauren Martin and David Sandham.
New sing-along songs and music are provided by BAFTA award-winning Mani Svavarsson. Matt Lewis is lyricist, Simon Scullion is designer, Matt Haskins is lighting designer, Helen Atkinson is sound designer and Andy Booth is music director.
Venue: Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, LONDON WC2H 0JP
Box office: www.peppapiglive.com or 0844 871 7629
Tickets: £13 - £25; family tickets (for 4 people) £75 - £79.50 & Tickets may be subject to booking fee
Running time: 80 minutes including interval
Suitable age: 3+
Babes-in-arms: Babies, 0 - 18 months of age, at the date of performance (not at the date of booking) are admitted free of charge if they are sitting on an adult’s lap
Mon 26 Dec at 11 am & 2 pm
Tues 27 Dec at 11 am
Thurs 29 Dec & Fri 30 Dec at 11 am & 2 pm
Sat 31 Dec at 11 am
Sun 1 Jan at 11 am, 1.30 pm & 4.30 pm
Mon 2 Jan, Tues 3 Jan, Thurs 5 Jan & Fri 6 Jan at 11 am & 2 pm
Sat 7 Jan at 11 am
The Phoenix Theatre is located on Charing Cross Road (at the corner with Flitcroft Street) with its entrance in Phoenix Street. It opened in 1930 with the premiere of Noel Coward's Private Lives with Coward himself in the cast as well as Gertrude Lawrence and a young Laurence Olivier. In 1969 the theatre's long association with Coward was celebrated with a midnight matinee in honour of his 70th birthday and the foyer bar was renamed the Noel Coward Bar.
Baby changing facilities are available | Booster seats available (subject to availability) | Buggy storage is available at the venue
By Bus: Number 14, 19, 22b, 24, 29, 38 or 176 to Covent Garden | Closest Tubes: Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross
I can recommend Chipotle (Mexican) near by, they will do a kids plate if you ask, and it’s a quick and easy place to grab food if you’re on the go. Otherwise, there are a few decent chains around Covent Garden (Jamie's, Dishoom, Pizza Express etc). I can also recommend one of my friends restaurants Bedford & Strand nearby, they will always look after you well in there!
Production images, by Dan Tsantilis, from the Tour 2015 and 2016, Fun Trivia facts from http://www.funtrivia.com/en/ForChildren/Peppa-Pig-21189.html