By now you will know that we LOVE going to the theatre.. and that we LOVE going to see lots of different and varied shows. Some are “big West End shows” others are smaller cozier productions at local theatres. The point being – all theatre have different things to offer – different atmospheres and ambience and bring a different experience to the table.
The we have just been to see The Snowman, which was of course spectacular, this play – Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas was an entirely different kind of experience!
Usually played in “smaller” venues, this is one of those plays that has an intimate feeling, you are PART of what is going and you are right up close to the actors.
Officially the show is for 2yrs+ and I went with two almost 8yrs olds and a 6yrs old. There was a mix of age groups in the audience. The play had a feel of “a Panto but for younger children”.
I find that my kids only JUST “normal pantos” – the audience participation and the humour only “just making sense to them”. This play had many elements of Panto – such as getting the kids to shout out things, some humour (like Santa getting stuck in the chimney) and the kids getting to really participate (they all got to throw some snowballs). I love the fact that we experience bubbles and snow (sorry, I know I shouldn’t give it all away) and that there was plenty of magic going on, on stage.
So there was lots and lots going on to surprise and delight us!
At around 60min for the play (and 10-15min to “meet” Santa), this is a great introduction to Christmas Pantos for younger kids. Sweet and intimate with lots of fun and audience participation.
PLAYING AT NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE, EPSOM PLAYHOUSE, CROYDON FAIRFIELD HALLS AND GUILDFORD G LIVE THIS CHRSITMAS.
Tickets £13.50 – £15.50
NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE
- Tuesday 1 – Thursday 24 December 2015
- Box Office: 0844 871 7646 | www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-studio/
- Friday 4 – Thursday 24 December 2015
- Box Office: 01372 742555 | www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk
CROYDON FAIRFIELD HALLS
- Saturday 5 – Thursday 24 December 2015
- Box Office: 020 8688 9291 | www.fairfield.co.uk
GUILDFORD G LIVE
- Wednesday 9 – Thursday 24 December 2015
- Box Office: 0844 7701 797 | www.glive.co.uk
Disclosure: we were invited along and given press tickets in return for this review