At the weekend we were invited to see Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live at our local theatre. The show has returned to the stage for it’s 2017 season where it is touring the UK all the way through until the summer.
LP and Little Man love Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, a popular show for preschoolers which airs daily on Nick Jr and on 5’s Milkshake. Having watched it so many times with the children it’s easy to see how it’s picked up numerous accolades including a BAFTA award, British Animation Award and an Emmy Award.
But Fiery Light Productions have brought all the magic of the TV show to the stage with this exciting musical adventure. Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston clean up his messy cave; they go on a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum; and still have time to plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with an unplanned jelly flood.
LP and Little Man really got into the show. There was so much interaction, with a game of hide and seek, lots of songs and dances – the audience were participating throughout. Packed full of games, songs and laughter, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is an enchanting and magical visit to the Little Kingdom. It’s a beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence which LP and Little Man really enjoyed, laughing along and automatically recognising all their favourite characters on stage.
The children loved the show. It was fun, had light hearted and slightly darker moments and they were engaged throughout – really engrossed in the story and the characters. This is one of the first shows we’ve seen where the children didn’t get scared at any point and just really thoroughly enjoyed it. When it came to the interval they were sad that they thought it was over – and just so happy when they realised they had another whole half of the show to enjoy.
The show was about an hour and a half, including a fifteen minute interval which I think was the perfect amount of time for preschoolers. The show finished with a big finale full of singing, dancing and fun and the children talked about it the whole way home. If you have Ben & Holly fans they will absolutely love this show.
Disclosure: We were invited to the above show for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.