Days Out: Top 9 Theatre Shows to see with the family this summer

Looking to become a culture vulture this summer with the kids? There’s so much going on in theatres across London from now until September and even until the end of the year.

Here are the top 9 theatre shows that have caught my eye… best of all they are suitable for the whole family – big and small 🙂

1. Alien Loves Underpants at The Belly Theatre

As part of this year’s Underbelly Festival, this adaptation from the popular children’s will leave both parents and children in stitches of laughter and fun, you’ll all be laughing your pants off!

Tickets from £11.50 / find out more

2. Rufus Longbottom & The Space Rabbit at Greenwich Theatre

Rufus Longbottom is a grouchy old man who lives in a care home and despises contact with other people. He loves watching his telly and does nothing else until one day he comes across a big yellow rabbit from outer space. A show filled with marvellous adventures, song, dance and interaction with the audience. I’m a big fan of small productions that are interactive and immersive. You’ll not be disappointed!

Tickets from £8.50 / find out more / other tour dates

3. The Elves and the Shoemaker at Greenwich Theatre

You’ll meet Mr Cobbler and his wife, who are struggling to afford the leather for him to make any shoes to sell. But could their fortune change? A beautiful retelling of a classical children’s fairytale featuring all of the original songs from the story.

Tickets from £5 / find out more

4. Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre

David McKee’s iconic picture book, “Not now, Bernard” is a story that’s been loved by many children and adults for the last thirty years. The show will be vividly brought to life in this brand new adaptation.

Tickets from £6 / find out more

5. The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Piccadilly Theatre

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood. Based on the book by Judith Kerr, this classic children’s book comes to life. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Tickets from £12 / find out more

6. The Everywhere Bear at Polka Theatre

This captivating and beautiful new story from best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb springs to life with rhyme, original music and delightfully expressive puppets in Polka’s fun and exciting stage adaptation.

Tickets from £9 / find out more

7. Jack and The Beanstalk at Polka Theatre

Expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for five magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show with something for everyone.

Tickets from £10 / find out more

8. The Jungle Book at Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre proudly presents this dynamic adaptation of “The Jungle Book”, bringing Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale to the stage with thrilling percussion, vibrant puppetry and Kipling’s unforgettable, larger-than-life characters.

Tickets from £9.75 / find out more

9. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at Lyric Theatre

Join in this adaptation from Michael Rosen’s fantastic book, “We’re going on a bear hunt” and follow the family’s adventures with their musical dog on a quest to find a bear. As they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure!

Tickets from £17.25 / find out more

So much choice!

I hope these top nine have sparked your interest and you’ll find something great to watch. We’ll also be attending a few more shows so will try to review them as soon as I can!

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Snow-pocalypse: Friendship Never Melts at Greenwich Theatre review

Greenwich Theatre Snow-Pocalypse Review | The Greenwich Mummy Blogger

The last two people in the World…
Find the last book in the World…
And it’s a book all about something called ‘Christmas’…

The performance focuses on the two characters, Trilby and The Boot (who are great actors and hilarious!) in an apocalyptic style setting. Surrounded by nothing more than debris and odd household bits and bobs, the two take us on an interactive but intimate performance which was thrilling and super funny to watch.

Photo by Tom Ziebell / Greenwich Theatre

After we checked in to the theatre, we were shown the way to a small black tent and was told we were to enter through this way. I thought it was a joke at first but it wasn’t – lucky for me I am short so it was easy getting through but I did get stuck on the other side getting out! I guess for nimble children it’s much easier but I loved the quirky first impression. We were able to choose our seats and decided to get front-row seats. It was really nice and close – so close that we could also touch the actors!

I took both LO and Baby Girl with me this time and not sure if I was making a mistake in doing so but she was really well-behaved (until towards the last 20 mins of the show) when we sat down. Before the start of the performance, there is an interactive craft workshop that’s put on for the kids to get involved in making the props for the show (which also gets used in the show too!). As we came when the performance started, we had missed this workshop which was a shame as I think LO would’ve liked to make something that he’d known would be used during the performance.

Trilby and Boot don’t speak English – they have their own alien language which ironically you can work out what’s being said through some of the words said, the actor’s actions and body language. The gestures, sounds and expressions that the actors use outweigh the baby-babble. It just goes to show that we don’t have to understand words in order to understand what’s being said.

Photo by Tom Ziebell / Greenwich Theatre
Photo by Tom Ziebell / Greenwich Theatre

Everybody was laughing and was really enjoying the performance. My plus one said she really enjoyed the show and I think the kids had a whale of a time! For me, Baby Girl started to get restless in the last 20mins so I had to stand up with her at the back of the room. The staff were super accommodating and understanding. The production team is very small but they made everything really seamless from the lighting to the music to looking after the audience.

Snow-pocalypse is shown in the studio and not the main theatre room, it’s a much smaller and intimate atmosphere which was lovely and works really well with the interactive performance. Don’t be surprised if Trilby or Boot ask you to snap a photo or for them! 🙂

Here are some of the photos we took of the kids at the end of the performance with the snow machine. Look at LO’s hair!! It looked crazy but he didn’t mind. He loved it actually. We all did.

Well done SharkLegs for coming up with such a fantastically interactive production and thank you Greenwich Theatre for putting it on show. We thoroughly enjoyed watching it!

Tickets are £13.50 for adults and £8.50 for children. For more info on show times and tickets:
https://www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/events/snow-pocalypse-friendship-never-melts


NB. We were given tickets to watch Snow-Pocalypse at Greenwich Theatre. All words, opinions and content are my own except for the press images which were supplied to me, courtesy of Sharklegs & Greenwich Theatre.

The Hunting of the Snark is coming to Greenwich Theatre!

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Family Days Out: The Hunting of the Snark
Photo credit: Simon Annand

The Hunting of the Snark is heading to Greenwich Theatre on Sunday 24th September following a West End run this summer. The production is based on Lewis Carroll’s poem and follows a ragtag gang of bold adventurers as they set off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark.

The show is suitable for children from ages 4+ and will start on Sunday at 14:00 and is said to be a great one so don’t miss out, there’s still tickets available. If you are in Greenwich and looking for something to do with the family, treat them to a fun day out to the theatre. LO loves the theatre and we are always looking for our next show to go and watch.

If you’re too eager to see what the performance will entail, I can grant you a sneaky peek… just take a look below, taken from the cast’s press performance of the show:

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Family Days Out: The Hunting of the Snark
Photo credit: Simon Annand

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Hunting of the Snark at Greenwich Theatre

“Side-splittingly funny, joyful, fast-paced and bursting with a soundtrack of witty songs by an award-winning songwriter, The Hunting of the Snark is a tour de force that‘ll delight, excite and entertain…”    – Snark Productions

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Hunting of the Snark at Greenwich Theatre
Photo credit: Simon Annand

The Hunting of the Snark Vaudeville Theatre Polly Smith (The Butcher) Credit Simon Annand

The Hunting of the Snark Vaudeville Theatre Simon Turner (The Banker) Credit Simon Annand

The show looks amazing. I’m really sad that I won’t be able to take LO to go and see it because the photos above have really got me intrigued to see how the whole show pans out. Just look at all those bright colours and that man in the crazy ruffle costume is sure to get some laughs from the audience. I think this show is going to be one that both the kids and parents will enjoy, expect to laugh hard and often! 🙂

After the one-day performance at Greenwich Theatre the show will be moving around the UK as part of its national UK tour which is set to end mid-November.

To book your tickets or for more information:
http://www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/


Photos by Simon Annand | The Hunting of the Snark | Vaudeville Theatre

Top Family Shows You Need To See This Christmas!

The Greenwich Mummy | Top Family Shows You Need To See This Christmas 2015

There’s only 6 more weekends until Christmas.
(I can’t believe it!)

There is actually so much available you are really spoilt for choice this year. If you are planning to go somewhere local, the Greenwich area has a whole range of festivities on offer from Christmas markets and fayres to meet-and-greet Santa moments.

If you want to do something a bit different, why not take the family to see a play or panto? Here are some of my favourite shows that I think would be great with the whole family and I’ve even found shows that are ideal for little tots.

Red Riding Hood
(20 Nov – 10 Jan 2016)
Venue: Greenwich Theatre

I keep seeing posters for this show at LO’s nursery and it looks fantastic. It’s a pantomime take on the classic tale by Andrew Pollard who’s celebrating 10 years of Panto at the Greenwich Theatre this year. The show is recommended to children of all ages.

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
(22 Dec3 Jan 2016)
Venue: The O2

Featuring characters from Frozen, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid and many more. Join thousands of others in experiencing a fantastic show on ice with special effects and even high-speed stunts to thrill and surprise the whole family. I’m sure even the adults will enjoy this show.

And for the little ones…

The Bear
(7 Dec – 3 Jan 2016)
Venue: Albany Theatre

Aimed at the younger crowd (children aged 2+), this wonderful winter story is about a young girl called Tilly who wakes up to find a snowy, white bear in her bedroom. Alongside the story-telling will also be music and puppetry to keep the little ones entertained.

Flyaway Katie
(22 November 2015)
Venue: Albany Theatre

This lovely show is based on the book written by Polly Dunbar who is one of my favourite children’s authors. Flyaway Katie is about a girl who is feeling quite sad and lonely but manages to cheer herself up by putting on brightly coloured clothes then something really magical happens. The play is suitable for children from ages 2+.

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Review: Adventures With Sam Outer Space

On Saturday, I took the boys (Lo & my nephew) to Greenwich theatre to watch a fantastic children’s show called Adventures with Sam: Outer Space. As I have been longing to take LO to somewhere exciting and interactive so when I was approached by the theatre to attend one of the shows, I jumped at the chance! There was a strict no-photography policy so I’m afraid I don’t have any photos to show you of the actual show but can tell you what happens. 🙂

We’ve never been to the Greenwich Theatre before so I assumed it would be like all other theatres; big and intimidating but luckily the theatre room we were in at Greenwich was not like that at all. It was small, intimate and easy for the characters to interact with the audience and boy was there a lot in interaction!

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Photo Credit: Greenwich Theatre
AWS Space 1
Photo Credit: Greenwich Theatre

The show starts off with Sam in a library. His mum tells him that it’s time to go home but he can pick any book that he like apart from “the green book”. As his mother leaves the library, cheeky Sam looks for a book and heads straight for the one his mum said not to pick… and off his adventure starts. Sam is transported to a spaceship where he meets ‘Amber’ the astronaut and soon discovers that she is need of help as her space dog had puppies which were stolen by the evil Alfonzo. Sam journeys from Earth to various other planets as part of his mission to find the lost puppies including Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. Along the way, Sam requires help from the audience especially when he meets Martian Mack to uncover special clues.

Expect a lot of interaction between the characters and the audience including dancing and cheering on fellow participants.

When Sam finally meets the evil Alfonzo, he manages to get the puppies back (I won’t tell you how as I’ve said too much already!) and in time before he needs to leave. The show ends with Sam back in the library with his mother and sneakily puts back the green book without her knowing before they both leave the stage and the show ends.

It’s a wonderful show that lasted around 50 mins and even though it’s aimed at children aged 3-5, both LO (1,5 yrs old) and my nephew (2,5 yrs old) thoroughly enjoyed it and the characters were able to fully capture their undivided attention for the entire length of the show which was simply amazing! Greenwich Theatre regularly has lots of family shows to watch especially during the school holidays.

Adventures With Sam Outer Space
A lovely photo of the boys after the show with Sam

It’s definitely a show that I would take LO to see again. We would also like to see Adventures with Sam On The Farm show as we haven’t seen that one yet. 🙂

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NB. We worked with the Greenwich Theatre and were kindly invited to the show for this review. All words, photos and opinions are my own – the photos which I have been given by Greenwich Theatre have been credited in the post respectively.

Take the Kids On An Adventure With Sam This Easter!

Click here to see Adventures with Sam: On the farm

There is so much to do this Easter!

My diary for days out with LO is brimming to the full and I seem to find myself being constantly double-booked! I have always been interested in the arts and theatre is a brilliant way for kids to experience something live, exciting and interactive. Greenwich Theatre has a wide range of shows this Spring/Summer but the one we are going to see is called ‘Adventures With Sam: Outer Space’.

The show is on for two days in April (3rd-4th) and the Friday show will follow Sam on his adventures to the farm where he’ll need help to solve the mystery of the missing golden egg. Saturday’s show follows Sam on his journey to outer space where he will need help with his missing to blast off!

I think the outer space one would be amazing for LO as we have done a lot of stuff with farm animals and I just want to expose him to all different things really. 🙂 If you are around in Greenwich on 3rd or 4th April and want to treat the kids to something different, head to the theatre. Tickets for Adventures with Sam online are £11 adult, £8.50 child.

Click the link below for more details on the shows:
http://storiesandmore.org.uk/index.php/community/theatre-show/