Well.. it was Kids’ Theatre time for us again and there is no better place than the Polka Theatre in South West London (we last went to see Window in the Willows), this time for the new “Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play“. If you saw the first one of these plays and enjoyed it, you will enjoy this second production.
- Officially for 4yrs+ but there are “watch with babies” performances
- 1hour 15min including interval
Exploring the Four Seasons with Charlie and Lola – based on a number of the Charlie & Lola TV episodes (in particularly “the one where Lola loses Sizzles the Sausage Dog in the park” and “the one where Lotta has a new best friend at school”) plus lots extra. There is are some fun “audience” bits and pieces (a Lola Goldfish, Bubbles, Leaves and SNOW!), but if you are not in the right seats, you miss out on these a little, which can be tricky with young children.
What did I think? Overall, a BRILLIANT show, really it is great. Especially if you are Charlie & Lola fans, which we are. If you are not, then you will NOT like it. Having said that, if you have seen the first, the second, is “more of the same”. So, either you love love love it and want to see more more more or you will say “once is plenty”. Especially since the tickets are quite steep at £15 per person. Add a booking fee and we almost paid £50 for an afternoon of Kids’ entertainment (yikes). Really, I don’t think Kids’ theatre should be that expensive irrespective of how popular the show is.
If you want a feel for the performance.. ahem, here is a SPANISH version of the LAST play.
Would my husband have enjoyed it? He would have tolerated it.
Did my friend like it? She thought it was BETTER than the first Charlie & Lola
Did the kids at the theatre enjoy it? All four kids LOVED it! Both the 5yrs old boys and the 3yrs old girls.
Likeability of characters – 9/ 10 (well we love Charlie and Lola)
General story line – 8/10 (a good mix and match of existing stories)
The Ending – 8/10 (the “right” sort of ending)
Overall – very good adaption of an animation for the stage, full of Lola’s imagination! However, if you have seen one show, you may not want to go and see the second. Then again, you may be such huge fans, that you do! I still think the pricing is a little high.