Last weekend we went to Basingstoke to see The Night Before Christmas at Haymarket in Basingstoke. We love a trip to the theatre and Haymarket is lovely – not too big and easy to find with plenty of parking nearby and right in the centre of town.
The Night Before Christmas has been on our calendar for a while and I knew it would be the start of all things festive for us, getting the children excited about Father Christmas’ arrival and really kicking off advent for us all.
The Night Before Christmas follows Emily who is in her bedroom, whilst her parents socialise downstairs with a Christmas Eve party. Emily is far too excited to think about sleeping and instead she stares out of the window, hugs her teddy and waits excitedly for the morning.
But when her dad arrives to make sure she’s asleep, he agrees to read her a bedtime story and they start to read The Night Before Christmas, before Emily gets distracted when she realises she hasn’t hung her stocking up and wonders how will she get her presents with no stocking to fill? Her Dad tries to persuade her that she’ll get her presents anyway, but Emily insists that they go and hang up her stocking right away!
Meanwhile, in the corner, a little mouse called Eddie can’t understand why only humans are allowed to get presents. So he sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out for himself.
The Night Before Christmas followed Eddie’s adventures through the house on Christmas Eve – meeting a robot, fighting off the family cat and even chatting to the fairy on top of the Christmas tree. It is the perfect show for children aged 2 to 7 years old and is a great introduction to theatre for pre-school and infant school children.
LP and Little Man loved The Night Before Christmas. It really got them thinking about Christmas and the show had so many interactive parts that they really enjoyed – with songs to sing along to, actions to do and even helping to charge the robot’s batteries at times.
It was such a lovely show and perfect for the whole family – another great production at Haymarket, Basingstoke.
Disclosure: We were invited to see the above show for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.