We’ve loved Julia Donaldson books since our son was born, so after seeing an ad in a tube station last week, I ordered tickets immediately for us to see Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales.
It was amazing. The one hour show was creative and had our son mesmerised. Using puppets, instruments, clever costumes and a set hidden with theatrical gems, they performed the stories Monkey Puzzle, A Squash and A Squeeze, The Smartest Giant in Town and Tiddler. It was really entertaining and the performers were true professionals, so the adults weren’t bored. My son was a bit frightened of the backlit puppetry sea scene when Tiddler was chased by a shark, but for the rest of the show he had a broad grin, was dancing in his seat and clapped like mad when it finished (no, are they going home now?)
Leicester Square Theatre is a great location, as afterwards there was a street party in Chinatown with face-painting, free balloons, Mickey and Minnie Mouse mascots, and performing Elvis, amongst other things. And with Haagen Daaz ice cream shop next door, it’s a perfect day out for your littles.
My only warning would be to try to book the tickets directly through the theatre as it seemed I paid quite a bit more using Ticketmaster to book our tickets. (Listed in the theatre as £15 adults and £10 children under 14.) Leicester Square tube is a five minute walk from the Theatre but unfortunately there are 50 steps from platform to street level, so best to allow plenty of time for travel.
Next stop, the Gruffalo! Enjoy.
Written by Jen Corlew