Last week we were invited to see the new Peppa Pig’s Surprise live theatre show at one of our local theatres in Guildford. The show had two showings per day – 1pm and 4pm and we chose the later showing so that LP could come too after she finished school.
Although the children love Peppa Pig they haven’t been to the theatre that many times and I haven’t ever really been to see a children’s theatre show since my own childhood so I wasn’t sure how I’d find it either. But the minute we got to our seats I knew we were going to have a great time.
The theatre wasn’t too big but was full to bursting with families. There were children everywhere. Whilst we waited for the show to start instead of the usual theatre curtain there was a backdrop with Peppa Pig’s house on it – something to build excitement before the show had even begun!
As soon as Daisy, Peppa’s human friend, appeared on stage there were excited squeals from the children and the adults fell silent. Over the next hour and a half we were well and truly submerged into the world of Peppa Pig – and it was a great place to be.
The show had all of Peppa Pig’s familiar characters and every time Peppa, George or Mummy and Daddy Pig came on stage the children in the audience erupted in excitement. Every scene in the show had dancing and singing and children were encouraged to join in and sing and dance along.
I won’t give the story away but the show seamlessly changed from scene to scene. The show is set over two days and the interval fits nicely at the end of the first day. All of the characters are really true to the show and sound just like their onscreen versions although my only small gripe is that Peppa’s voice was quite squeaky and annoying – more so than in the TV show, although the children didn’t mind.
Also, all the characters in the show apart from Mummy and Daddy Pig are puppets and have actors dressed all in black operating them through the show. This was really strange at first but soon the actors blended into the background and you forgot they were even there – again the children were oblivious.
Peppa Pig’s Surprise was a fantastic show, not just for the children but for the whole family. It was hard not to get completely wrapped up in the story and at around an hour and a half long including the interval it was a great length for a children’s show. If you’re looking for a treat for the children then this would be perfect. LP thoroughly enjoyed it and Little Man only lost concentration towards the end but he is still just two and a half. Peppa Pig’s Surprise was a fantastic way to end a day and we all really enjoyed it.
Disclosure: We were invited to review the above show however all opinions are my own.