STOMP at the Ambassadors Theatre, London Review

Disclosure: We were invited to see this show for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

I love going to the theatre and there’s nothing like seeing a show on the West End, the history, the atmosphere and the beautiful old theatres full of modern shows. STOMP celebrated its 25th year in 2016 and we were invited along to see what has kept the show in popularity for such a long time – and to see if the children would enjoy it too.

This was our first visit to the Ambassadors Theatre and as soon as we walked in we loved it. It’s one of London’s smallest theatres, seating less than 450 people. It is old, full of character and such an intimate venue that I wondered how a show like STOMP – full of noise – would work.

I had no idea what to expect from STOMP. I remember seeing an advert for it when it was first released – when I was seven – and I just remember people banging trash can lids. I had no idea what the show was about but couldn’t wait to see it for the first time, taking the children along too.

LP and Little Man love the theatre and have seen so many shows but none of us had ever seen anything like STOMP before. By the time we’d seen a couple of scenes two things were clear – the show has no real story and it has no real dialogue either. I was intrigued and completely captivated.

Review: STOMP at the Ambassadors Theatre, London

Each scene saw the characters making music with literally anything. Buckets, brooms – even dust on the floor and at one point they even made music with the kitchen sink! Every scene shows the characters interacting with each other and also, at times, with the audience – yet no-one speaks. It was incredible.

I wondered how LP and Little Man would handle the show. Having no dialogue meant there was no real story to follow but the children didn’t mind. The characters were so full of energy, they owned the stage, each had their roles to play and were each so totally different – although doing similar things – that it was easy to get wrapped up in what they were doing on stage. The children were engaged, excited and completely drawn into the show throughout.

Review: STOMP at the Ambassadors Theatre, London

The show lasts for just over an hour and a half with no interval and it seemed to pass so quickly. We left the theatre and I felt so uplifted, so happy and as if I just wanted to dance down the street. I would challenge anyone to see STOMP and not feel like dancing afterwards – the music gets right inside you and is just something else.

The great thing about STOMP is that anyone can enjoy it. Because there’s no dialogue it doesn’t need translating for other languages to enjoy it and because there’s no real story it doesn’t just resonate with one age range. It’s a theatre production that breaks down barriers, does something completely different – and does it so well.

I loved STOMP. When I realised there was no dialogue and no story to get into I wasn’t sure how I’d find it. But I loved it and was so immersed into it that the music was a story in itself. It was fun, energising and full of personality. The characters were strong, charismatic and fierce and they all worked together to make STOMP what it is – an absolute feat of dance, music and theatrical performance.

You can find out more about Stomp on their website here.

Review: STOMP at the Ambassadors Theatre, London

Disclosure: We were invited to see this show for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

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