Just before Christmas Hubby and I took Monkey to see The Cat in the Hat at The Connaught Theatre in Worthing. I must admit I hadn’t really given much thought to the fact that it was so close to Christmas when booking the tickets and where we would park….! Normally there is a large carpark behind the theatre which is perfect, unless of course its full with Christmas shoppers. We managed to find a smaller one up the road and got the last spot – phew.

The Cat in the HatTheatre Review

At three and a half Monkey is just starting to get into the Dr Seuss novels – in fact I am on the hunt for a box set if anyone knows of a good one. As we have seen the film version of The Cat in the Hat I thought it would be a good place to start. Originally written in 1957 it is the second book written for children by Theodor Geisel. Normally with children’s theatre they can lack a certain something for the parents and you get left twiddling your thumbs enjoying your kids involvement but really waiting for the show itself to be over. Not with this! I can honestly say the the 45 minute show went by in a flash.

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Tim Trumble Photo, Childsplay (Tempe, AZ)

For those of you who are not familiar with the story, it starts with Sally and her brother being bored at home, with their mother out. Mischief soon entails when the Cat in the Hat stops by to provide entertainment. Although the fish insists throughout that he is not welcome and should leave when mother is out. Neither child takes much notice and hilarity hits the stage in the form of balancing acts and real bubbles from the ceiling. At this point all the children in the audience were transfixed on what was unfolding.

Tim Trumble Photo, Childsplay (Tempe, AZ)

The mischief takes a turn for the worse when Cat brings in a big red crate housing ‘thing 1’ and ‘thing 2’. With their high pitched squeals and acrobatics they were an instant hit causing havoc on stage and generally making a mess of the house. At this point they headed into the audience and ran along the isles. Swiftly followed by a huge white ball that bounded staright for us and was passed across the audience to whoops of delight. Eventually thing 1 and thing 2 were captured and returned to their crate. Just in time for Fish to spot mothers return. Thankfully Cat returns in the nick of time with a solution which I will leave for you to discover on your visit.

The costumes, set and props were all within keeping of the original story book in primary colours with a cartoon twist. It made for a very vibrant and slightly unhinged show which Monkey throughly enjoyed. The show is aimed at the 3+ age group, to check the running schedule for 2016 please visit the Childsplay website here. I would definitely recommend a visit.


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  1. This sounds lovely – very fun. My daughter has read some of the Dr Seuss books at preschool so maybe I should rediscover them with her.

  2. Miranda (Myrabev) Reply

    I can confirm that I have never watched or read anything concerning Dr Seuss? I need to get my act together lol but sounds like a fan time at the theatre

  3. Ah this sounds so amazing, I know that my sons would love to see this at the theatre. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are always favourites with my sons when we’re reading x

  4. We would love this! My kids (and I) are big Dr Seuss fans and they’re just getting big enough to enjoy the theatre!

  5. My god daughter would love this, she is Dr Seuss obsessed and loves the Cat in the Hat book x

  6. Michelle Murray Reply

    aww this sounds so nice. Little J has just started to enjoy shows and recently went to see Disney on ice. I’m so pleased he is able to sit through a show as there is so many we want to see. xxx Popping over from Mummy 2 Monkeys xxx

  7. Have you tried Amazon? They normally do complete book sets. I love Cat in the hat especially the wild and wacky film of it.

  8. tracey at Mummyshire Reply

    It sounds like a great show. My boy, who is 4 and a half, loves theatre and at the moment we’re reading Dr Seus alphabet, so putting these two things together sounds perfect! Hopefully the theatre group will tour and head towards Oxfordshire!
    Great review

  9. Oh it sounds like a wonderful interpretation! I do love taking the kids to the theatre.
    Happy New Year and thanks so much for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

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