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Peppa Pig UK Live Stage Tour
Peppa Pig Live Stage Tour tours around the UK at different venues and has many different themes depending upon the time of year or venue you go to. We saw the Peppa Pig Birthday Party.
To find out more about a show near you, check the website below;
Peppa Pig is a childrens show seen on Channel Five Milkshake on weekday mornings and also on Sky's Nick Jr (the younger childrens version of channel from Nickolodean).
Peppa Pig is a young little girl pig who, alongside her family and friends, has fun, everyday, adventures such as going on picnics, going to ballet, a flood in her home town, starting school and so forth; all everyday things which young children can relate to.
The stage show last only around one hour including a 15 minute break in the middle (which is well times for toilet breaks for young children!) and costs between £12.00-£15.00 per adult, with £2.00 off of the ticket price for under 15's. A family ticket starts at around £50-£60, though this might be different at other venues, I am not sure. Personally, I think that this is a little expensive, though it seems average for these kinds of shows.
The characters in the show are all huge puppets, operated by people wearing black. The puppets are really well made and their large stature is perfect for young children. Although you can easily see the humans working them, they perform their parts well and almost blend into the background. I think that it is mainly adults who see them as children are too engrossed in watching their favourite characters on stage.
Unfortunately, not all the characters from the television show are present on the stage which is a little upsetting for very young children as they wonder where on earth they are.
The show itself follows Peppa and her friends and family as they prepare for Peppa's birthday party, singing songs with actions which young children are invited to partake it and generally providing a lot of interactive entertainment to young children.
The set is simple yet effective and easily recognisable as the places seen in the television show.
Firstly, I think that the cost of tickets is ridiculous! The adult prices alone are too high considering you are going only for the benefit of the child, and with a measly £2.00 off for little ones, I personally think this is extortionate! I know that these are average prices for shows such as this these days, though I would have expected a little more for the cost. Of course, the entry cost does not cover any merchandise your child may badger you for which are very expensive within themselves!
The show was very entertaining though I felt it was too short and it was very sad that they did not include all the characters! The songs with actions were a great way to get the children interacting with the show and the choices in songs were fun and easy for children to learn if they did not know them already.
My daughter loved it and she is three. We went with some friends who had children of the age of five and eight and the eight year old was bored stiff, so perhaps a good age range for this is between two to five
If the show had been bulked out a little bit more, then perhaps the price of the tickets would have been much more understandable, though personally, I would rather spend the money on a DVD of Peppa Pig and take my children to the new Peppa Pig world in a theme park as that, I feel, is more value for money!
I took my three children to see this show in Reading theatre. It cost around £70 for the five of us but after reading the reviews I thought it must be worth it.
My children who at the time were 2 years 9 months, and twins of eighteen months. In short - they absolutely loved it! It was worth every penny to see their happy faces. One of my daughters, who is normally shy and quiet in front of people, was up dancing, clapping, pointing, and shouting out.
The act is done in two parts so that there is a short break half way through (time to buy merchandise, go to the toilet, grab a drink!) Each character was acted with a pupateer, which at first seems dissapointing (for the adults - the children didn't seem to mind a bit) but they all do such a good job. The story is Peppa's party and includes parts where you get to join in singing and dancing. Peppa makes a cake and goes on a 'hunt' which is taken from the bear hunt song but adapted to fit Peppa's story.
The only thing i would say is where is Rebecca Rabbit? I think she should be in the show too!
Summery - worth going to if your children love the tv show. I will be looking out for other shows for the children now because they loved this one so much!
Peppa Pig live stage tour
As an early birthday present/Christmas present for our little one, we decided that the Peppa Pig live stage show would be a great hit as Peppa Pig, the fun-loving character from Nick Junior television, is a firm favourite in our house.
Ticket prices are quite high really for what this show actually is;
Tickets £12.50, £14.50
Family Ticket £50.00
Under 16 £2.00 off
I am unsure whether the prices differ depending upon what theatre you see this in, though from what I can see, this is average price in most places. Specific theatres may add some or take some depending on the economy at the time!
The show is only approximately one hour long with a short interval in the middle (so perhaps a 40 minute showing in all). This short a time is great for young children though is horrendous when you think of the money you have just spent for such a short time!
The show itself was not too bad. My little one loved it. It was the first time we had gone to anything like this and our youngster was transfixed and often danced to the songs, singing out loud along with the characters, which is completely encouraged in this stage show. I even found myself singing along to some well known songs from the programme!
The characters are large puppets which are operated by people who can be seen in plain clothes behind the large puppets at all times. This, to me, was very off-putting though my youngster didn't seem to even notice them and after a while, neither did I as they did a great job at blending in to the background in the way of becoming the character themselves. I don't really know what I had envisioned before I went, though it certainly was not this, though as an after though, I think this is possibly one of the better ways to portray these lovable characters. One little annoyance, though, and this is one for my little one and not really me, and that is the fact that many main characters from the television programme were missing. My youngster kept asking where certain characters were and was quite upset as they did not appear. This, I think, is a real shame.
Yes, the price is very high for what you actually get, though it is a very enjoyable show for young fans of the television programme.
I took my 5 year old Grand daughter to see this show. I was quite amazed when the show started to see that it was 5 puppeteers holding Peppa Pig character puppets and doing the show in full view of everybody. This could destroy a child's perception of the Peppa Pig that they see on TV and frankly it would have been far more believable to have done this show inside the puppets (Like a stage horse). From start to finish you could hear around the theatre that children were disappointed. I cannot understand why doing the show this way (destroying the perception of Peppa Pig for young children) was not thought out beforehand - I feel this show was just a money making thing with no thought at all about the audience that they were going to get - Total Rubbish.
My partner and myself took our daughter to see this show, cost nearly £60 through Ticketmaster, the only way to purchase the tickets on line.
I hadn't researched the show, i didnt feel it was necessary given it was an official show.
The show lasted around an hour, probably long enough for young children but not for adults paying £60 for the pleasure.
I was really disappointed to discover the show being put on by 6 performers (who also stood in as stage hands) with large glove puppets, none of whom sounded like their characters (other than possibly pepper). The scenery was cheap and reminiscent of a school play.
Usual expensive must have merchandise in the foyer to drag even more cash out of you.
My daughter, aged 3 enjoyed the show (but she also enjoys playing with string) we thought it was a poor con simply making money out of the brand.
From now on will only ever see Pepper as a bacon sandwich.
Peppa Pig Live Stage Tour
Peppa Pig is a firm favourite with my daughter and she often watches the lovable programme on Nick Jr or channel 5 Milkshake. It follows the lovable, yet slightly bossy, little pig Peppa and her family as they and their friends go through their daily lives with lots of fun and laughter. Over the past couple of years my daughter has collected many toys of this lovable pig and her family and can sit for ages watching her DVD's so when Peppa Pig's live stage tour came to a theatre near us I thought that it would be a wonderful idea to take her.
PEPPA ON STAGE
Peppa Pig live stage show focuses on Peppa Pig's birthday party.
My daughter is two and a half and so this is the first time we have taken her to a live show and so I looked up online to see if I could find anything about it before we went to give her an idea of what she was going to see. On the special website you are able to download an activity pack to take with you as well as watch a small clip so you can prepare your children if they have never been to something like this before. After seeing the video clip on the site my daughter started getting very excited and actually went to bed like a good girl the night before so she could see Peppa Pig quicker!
To check the site please visit the following link:
Tickets can also be purchased online though do check where the performances are and the dates to avoid disappointment as this is a touring show.
We attended Wycombe Swan Theatre in Buckinghamshire, though from the video clip on the site I feel that this review will suit all performances as it is the same cast.
There is a cast of six members in this performance with varying degrees of experience and qualifications in acting so it is certainly a professional cast.
As I had already researched this stage performance before we went I was prepared for how it was going to be put on, and also as a past drama student myself I was able to appreciate certain aspects of the performance whereas my mum on the other hand (who came with us and my nephew) felt a little disappointed with the fact that the actors could be seen.
The way that the Peppa Pig show is performed is with large puppets, puppeteered by five of the actors who are behind and on show to the audience throughout. This was the part that disappointed my mum though with me I had seen it before and felt they did a really great job. Yes, you could see them talking for the characters though the children do not really notice this as they are focused on the large characters in the show. The actors are not static either. They do not over act and take the attention from the character puppets yet they do not stand and do nothing. Their facial expressions mimic the puppets as they talk and the simple fact of the excitement and joy in their faces portraying what their puppets are doing or thinking gives even more depth to the show. Each of the actors were dressed completely in black to take the focus on them except for one actor who actually appears as herself and helps with the narration of the show. She interacts with both the character puppets as well as the audience and was a great front runner - keeping the children motivated and excited throughout. The noise was deafening at times!!
The puppets themselves were amazing. They were all very large and so could easily be seen from the back of the theatre and had such perfect clarity and detail to them which made them so believable, as though they were real! It is not hard to see why young children get so caught up in the characters and show. My daughter kept calling to Peppa and the other characters and interacting when the actor got the children involved. Her excitement and happiness was pure joy to watch. I think that if the characters had not have been so well done then the show would certainly not have been so successful.
The set was certainly not perfect though for the view of the children it was brilliant. Its main feature was the house of Peppa Pig with windows in which the characters used to peer through quite often. It was very well done in its appearance and easily recognisable as Peppa's house to my daughter. There was only a couple of real set changes which were done quickly by the actors themselves, using the character puppets to 'help' them, though I don't know whether this aspect was a good idea or a hindrance to be honest as it drew the children's attention to the set change as they kept watching the characters. The other main sets were the woods with various trees. This, like the house, was presented really well though quite a few times I thought they were going to fall over as they were swaying so much! Also the inside kitchen of Peppa's house was used really well. There was also the movable train of Grandpa's which was possibly the best part of the show though unfortunately it did not stay on for long.
The show itself was very short, which in one sense is great for young children with short attention spans though in another sense it is annoying as you pay so much to go for both adults and children that you really feel as though you want more. (prices to follow below). Overall the show only really lasted for an hour approximately with a 15 minute interval in between. I was shocked when the interval came as it did not feel as though we had been there very long at all, though a toilet break for young children is a must and gladly welcomed with my potty training toddler!
The first half of the show centres around meeting the characters, inviting the audience to Peppa's party and taking the characters on a nature trail. The second half focuses more on audience participation with songs and dances in which the lights in the auditorium go up and the children get to dance and sing along to songs both from the television show and ones specifically done for the stage. Although the second half encourages more participation from the audience, children are welcomed to call out and participate in the first half too. This show is certainly made for children. You will not get anyone telling your children to be quiet here! The only thing that annoyed me was this child behind me who constantly kicked my chair and hit my arm many times without her parent telling her to move over to the mass of empty space around her! There is always one though isn't there!
One big disappointment to this show which both myself and my daughter found is the lack of characters. There was obviously Peppa, her brother, mum and dad though as it was Peppa's party you would assume that all her friends would be there. This was sadly not the case. Only Suzie Sheep, Danny Dog and Emily Elephant was in the character list which upset my daughter as her favourite character of Rebecca Rabbit was no where to be seen. She had been so excited to see all her Peppa Pig friends and was telling me all the way there who she was going to see which not only included Peppa's friends but also many other big characters from the television show though these seem to have been forgotten which was a huge shame. Not even Grandpa Pig was there yet his train was!
When the Peppa Pig music first began to play at the beginning of the show, my daughter and nephew couldn't contain their excitement and in the main this held out throughout the whole show apart from the few times where my daughter got upset that the other characters were not there. She absolutely loved it and two days later is still talking about it.
I do not really think that my opinion of the show rates higher than my daughters as this show is made for children and she completely enjoyed it, though I'll be honest with you...so did I! Yes, there were a number of things such as the lack of characters, the trees waving around and the shortness of it which bothered me though as my daughter was happy, so was I. I am very glad that I took her to see her first theatre show and she enjoyed it so much. I think she would certainly recommend it and so do I.
Now this is where I point out the big negative of the experience...the price.
As already mentioned above, the show is so short which is not really a big problem as it is for young children though when you see how much you pay then really you do expect much more.
Prices are as follows;
Tickets £12.50, £14.50
Family Ticket £50.00 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
Under 16 £2.00 off
To pay nearly £15.00 for an adult and only £2.00 less for all under 16's is beyond belief really for what it is. I will never understand why we adults have to pay so much for ourselves when it is not at all for adults though that is the same everywhere unfortunately. When you think that we paid £50 to take my daughter and nephew to see approximately an hour of show which includes an interval is is too expensive really.
Prices may vary in other theatres.
Obviously as this is a touring show I can not list all the venues and times and dates though please do check the website for shows in your area.
Of course the price of entrance to the show is not the only thing. As with all children's places there is always expensive merchandise right on show for the children to see. I did have a little look and they did have some lovely bits and pieces such as colourful glowing Peppa or George battery powered windmills, t-shirts, fans, toys and other such things. These were all lovely though after paying for the show and lunch and petrol over there (although my mum actually paid for the children as it was her treat!!) I decided that £7 for a windmill, no matter how lovely it was, just was not worth it as it would probably break anyway after a while. These do seem very popular though and I did feel guilty about not getting one for my daughter though had bought her a Peppa Pig cuddly toy before hand so she was happy!
This show was packed full of energy and fun with great audience participation. The children are very welcome to dance on the seats if they feel so inclined and there was even a group of children (which continued to grow throughout) right by the stage! Thankfully Daddy Pig did not decide to stage dive!!
A lot of young children will not sit and watch something for long amounts of time though there is no need to worry about that with this show as Children are certainly encouraged to get up and dance. My daughter loved every minute of it and I am so glad I took her. I even enjoyed myself even with the couple of negative things (the main one being the price!!).
I fully recommend taking your little one to see this show though the price is certainly an issue so some saving may be worth it before hand! If you don't want to spend loads on the merchandise, do what I did and buy them a small Peppa teddy toy to take in with them - it worked with my daughter!
I took my daughter to see Peppa Pig Live in March of this year at Harrogate Theatre, after a successful trip to the pantomime in December, it seemed such a long time to wait to take her to the theatre again. My daughter is about to turn 4 on Sunday so I would say she is just about at perfect age for a performance like this. I was worried that it may seem a little babyish for her. I needn't have worried, it was a huge success, and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed watching this show although I have to say I was a little bored!
The show is based around Peppa Pig's birthday and she has a trip to the woods planned with a sleepover in tents and a birthday party at the end. My first impressions of the show was that it was performed in a very strange way! Whilst I expected people to come out in Peppa Pig suits and all the other characters, they actually were like large character dolls on the end of sticks, with the performers moving them around. I can imagine that at first this would seem very difficult for the target audience (2-4 year olds) to grasp why these adults dressed all in black were holding these dolls - although my daughter was too excited to mention anything. I would imagine the main reasons for doing this are down to the scale of the characters, for example George is absolutely tiny, but Daddy Pig is humongous, so this may not have worked very well as a stage production. Expect to see favourite characters from the TV programme such as Peppa and George, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and Emily Elephant, as well as Mummy and Daddy Pig.
The set's were really good, with colourful, fun and engaging scenes, such as Peppa's house, a country scene and a train. The sets were all true to the TV programme and it felt like you had just stepped straight into the cartoon! The production also mirrored the TV programme in that its messages were that of family values, fun and a safe environment.
The show also involves audience participation which myself and my daughter particularly liked. This involved doing various basic dance moves, such as stamping feet, turning around and jumping up and down. This really made my daughter giggle and warmed my heart just watching her have so much fun!
Tickets are still on sale now for various theatres all over the country such as Birmingham on 4-5 September and Sheffield on 5-6 June. Expect to pay around £13 a ticket.
I would recommend as a fun afternoon out for pre school children. If you do plan on going to see this, make sure your children are wearing something with Peppa Pig on - they may feel left out if not!
I took my daughters to see Peppa Pig Live when aged 2 & 3. They are huge Peppa Pig fans, but had never really been to the theatre before so we didn't know what to expect.
The show's storyline was based around it being Peppa's Birthday party.
When the curtains opened I was a bit shocked to see that the show was going to be performed by visible puppeteers, with hand-held puppets.I suppose I expected it to be people dressed up in full size Peppa suits.
At any moment I expected my daughters to ask me what was going on, but to my amazement they completely accepted it and were engrossed immediately.
The puppeteers have microphones and do all the voices for the characters they are operating. The voices are good and sound very much like the voices from the tv show.
As well as Peppa and George, you also see Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, Emily Elephant, Danny Dog, and lots of Peppa's other friends.
There is lots of singing and dancing in the show and lots of interaction with the audience. By the end of the show, the majority of the children in the audience were down at the front jumping around and dancing.
Overall it was a good show and my children loved it. Both said they wanted to go again as soon as it finished!
The show lasted around an hour an 40 minutes - with a 10 minute interval
We paid around £12 a ticket, so as there were 4 of us it wasn't exactly a cheap afternoon out, but it was very entertaining and as a treat well worth it just to see the looks on our kids faces.
They sell a lot of Peppa merchandise and it's certainly not cheap - Peppa t-shirts were £12, so be prepared to avoid the vending stalls!