Peppa Pig Live – Peppa Pig’s Surprise

I had Thursday afternoon off work to take Monkey to see Peppa Pig Live – Peppa Pig’s Surprise. We went to our local pantomime in December and from out of no where Monkey requested to see Peppa on stage? We don’t watch Peppa on TV very much although we have had a great time at Peppa Pig World so I was a little bemused as to where it came from. When I had a look online and realised it was going to be local I booked some tickets as an extra Christmas present, you can find out their tour dates here. So what did we think?

Its billed as a show for pre-schoolers and looking around the theatre it did seem that most of the audience were quite a bit younger than Monkey who is now three and seven months. I was a little nervous what if it was too young for him? But he was fully engrossed for the whole performance. He even sat on the seat at the end of the isle because he could see better – I did check myself on this as the steps look very inviting for running up and down but he stayed in his seat unless he was joining in with the dancing.

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Production photos from Peppa Pig’s Suprise! UK Tour 2015. Photos by Dan Tsantilis

Basic Story Line:

The show opened with all the main characters taking part in a hide and seek game, in addition to the normal Peppa cast you are introduced to one of Peppa’s friends Daisy. She generally keeps the show moving on, after some obligatory puddle jumping Mummy and Daddy pig break the news that they are going for a “surprise” outing tomorrow. Naturally this generates some excitement amongst the characters. Fast forward and the piggy duo have a bath complete with bubbles. At bedtime the set looks exactly as it does on the TV, the audience, Peppa and George are treated to a story of the Red Monkey by Daisy. Where the red monkey makes an appearance and proceeds to dance around the stage. The next morning you greet them in the little red car on the way to their surprise, which is a trip to the beach. As you can imagine a full range of beach fun and activities unfolds including burying daddy pig in sand and almost forgetting him!

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Production photos from Peppa Pig’s Suprise! UK Tour 2015. Photos by Dan Tsantilis

Things we really liked:

  • The puppets were really good. Only mummy and daddy pig are in full costume, the other charters are puppets operated by puppeteers in black. Although they are big puppets a good couple of ft high and look just like the TV characters. This didn’t phase Monkey at all, although I have seen some complaints on Facebook. In fact I thought they were very skilled at making the appropriate animal noises and voices and can’t imagine how else they would do it.
  • Its split into two acts of around 40 minutes each, this is the first children’s theatre show we have been too which has done this. Practically this is a great idea as it means that theres a loo break built in or in our case an ice cream break
  • There are loads of songs and dancing opportunities which helps to keep them interested, at the end of the show all the children congregated in front of the stage for one last song. The show itself is reasonably interactive and doesn’t feel as though its trying too hard to be so. Monkey was shouting out answers without any encouragement.
  • The extra effects such as giant bubbles, smoke and George’s tears (although if you are in the front row you may get a little wet!)
  • Our favourite part was looking into the rock pool and seeing all the sea life puppets in florescent paint on the black background. It was very effective.

Things I wasn’t so keen on:

  • Merchandise – everywhere you looked the children has flashing lights on Peppa sticks, of course Monkey wanted one. They have seemingly become a necessity to help children sit through a show. Of course Monkey wanted one. I just don’t really agree with them!

Overall a great experience and I would throughly recommend for Peppa Pig fans, if you need anymore convincing you can find a video trailer below.

http://www.peppapiglive.com/video.php

Have you been to any good children’s theatre shows recently?

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40 Comments

  1. Angela Milnes

    Oh this sounds like a fantastic show. I totally agree with the expensive merchandise and flashing toys. They seem to have them at the pantomines we go to and are not needed. Angela

  2. Anosa

    When I used to babysit the kids loved peppa pig so much that I do now too and so does my nephew. I wouldn’t mind going to see the show with him. Apart from the merchandise sounds like it was great fun

  3. Harry's Honest Mummy

    I went to it last Sunday. Like you the merchandise flogging is a bit overwhelming. We bought a programme (£5), a dinosaur (£10 – which I was always going to buy as it was a late xmas gift), and a balloon (£6). We got there early so I thought the programme might keep him quiet – but there was nothing much in it. I could not get out without dodging the balloon sellers and then H was beside himself because we didn’t get one. I went back to buy one because I couldn’t have handled an hour long car journey with a sobbing toddler. Overall I thought the show itself was excellent. It kept him entertained and that’s what really matters. Glad you (and Monkey) enjoyed it. #AnythingGoes

  4. Emma Bradley

    I love taking younger children to the theatre, they are often so amazed by the experience. Like you though I dislike the extra merchandise which I just find distracting when you are trying to watch!

  5. bubbablue

    Ha ha, N would probably still love this as it’s Peppa Pig even though he’s now 5. It’s my idea of hell. I do think it’s great how many theatre shows are now on offer to young children.

  6. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    This sounds like a good show and I’m impressed that Monkey managed to sit through two acts of 40 minutes each – that’s quite a bit longer that the other children’s shows I have taken the girls to so far (all one act shows of just under an hour). The merchandise is annoying though – although the light-up windmills do keep them amused for ages. We recently went to see The Gruffalo’s Child which the girls liked (although I think they’re were just a little too young to really enjoy it) and thankfully there was very little merchandise at that show. I don’t think the lack of light-up windmill made them any more fidgety though. #twinklytuesday

  7. mummyfever

    We saw this and I was a bit disappointed that only Mummy and Daddy pig, the monkey and Mr Potato were full size to be honest. I thought the puppeteers, as talented as they were were quite distracting and it was clear you hadn’t gone to watch the ‘real Peppa Pig’ as my 2 year old pointed out.

    Apart from that it was a great show #TwinklyTuesday

  8. Annette

    We haven’t seen this just yet, but it is something that Little Button keeps asking to see. It sounds great, though I am still not sure with only a few characters being full sized.

    Great review #TwinklyTuesday

  9. moderatemum

    This would blow my boys mind! I don’t think he could stay for the whole thing but I think it might be worth going to one half just to see his little face.

  10. Kiri

    Clara loves Peppa Pig and I’m tempted to take her to this show as I know it’s on about an hour away from us at some point this year. We’ve just booked to see In the Night Garden Live in August which I’m really excited about! #TwinklyTuesday

  11. wendy

    Sounds like a great show. I’d love to take Leo to the theatre but he would probably be running up and down the aisle and trying to climb on stage. Glad you had a nice time xx #BloggerClubUK

  12. Sassy

    This sounds like a lovely outing that you had with monkey! It’s great he was so engaged and loved it! My niece absolutely adores Peppa Pig but I don’t know should be too young to sit through and watch it ..,. Definitely an idea to check out though! 🙂 xxx #BloggerClubUK

  13. Hot Pink Wellingtons

    This is coming near us soon and my sister is keen to take both our little boys. I think they’re a little on the young side as they’ll only just have turned two, but it sounds like that was the general age of the audience! Max can just about cope with sitting through a 10 minute Peppa Pig session, not sure how he’d cope with 40 minutes (let alone me sitting through it as well!)

  14. dearbearandbeany

    Sounds great. I took my eldest to the In the Night Garden live show back in June and was nervous to how she was going to be, but she totally loved it and sat through the whole thing no problem. They seem to be able to gage the content and length just right for this age group x #BloggerClubUK

  15. islandliving365

    I think the Peppa Pig shows are great. We once took Oldest when she was 2 and a half and I pregnant with youngest. I remember that I spent the whole show suffering with morning sickness and trying not to be sick but it was great for oldest, she really loved it and yes we ended up having to buy some of the Peppa Pig merchandise too! #bloggerclubuk

  16. Kerry-Ann

    We love taking to the kids to the pantomime every year, it’s become a bit of a Christmas time tradition now and even there you get all the customary merchandise that just seems to be a part of the theatre scene now. Flashing, flourescent wands, glow sticks – bleuh? – but I guess it’s all part of the experience for the little’uns. #BloggerClubUK

  17. Life Loving

    Sounds like it was a fun show. I ran into Peppa Pig myself last year, at a sausage and beer festival of all places. That really made me laugh as it seems a terrible place for a pig to be.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #BloggerClubUK

  18. Madeline

    I’d seen this show advertised here in swansea, but hadn’t been sure about taking either of my two because I’ve heard stories of little ones being really scared by the big characters! Sounds like you had a great time though! x

  19. yneely

    My boys are three and a half, and although they don’t really watch Peppa Pig anymore, I think they would love this. We went to Peppa Pig world in the summer and it was a huge hit #BloggerClubUK

  20. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)

    I was looking at taking my kids to this. They are two and nearly four and are both Peppa Pig obsessed. They would love it but sadly the locations are not quite near enough to me and I don’t drive so we will be giving it a miss. Glad you and yours enjoyed it though and thanks for hosting #BloggersClubUK 🙂

  21. Shaz Goodwin (@shazjera)

    Sounds like a great show for pre-schoolers (totally agree with the merchandise – a captive audience).

    #BloggersClubUK

  22. Educating Roversi

    This sounds ace! Mini R is only 19mo but i cannot wait, as a drama teacher, to start taking him to the theatre. We will be going to the Pantomime this year for the first time. Looks like you and Monkey had lots of fun! 🙂 #BloggersClubUK

  23. Briony

    I keep thinking about taking L to something like this, either Peppa (though I hate that pig) or ITNG but I’m not sure if he would sit though it all or not. It’s nice to read how other people got on and I think he could handle to smaller sections, but then every time I’ve planned something special like this I get all excited and he turns into a monster. #BloggerClubUK

  24. anywaytostayathome

    I keep thinking about taking L to something like this, either Peppa (though I hate that pig) or In The Night Garden but I’m not sure if he would sit though it all or not. It’s nice to read how other people got on and I think he could handle to smaller sections, but then every time I’ve planned something special like this I get all excited and he turns into a monster. #BloggerClubUK

  25. Harps

    Ooh! arj would love this! Helps that it was local. Merchandise is always a pain in the backside but I’m guilty – a mum that would fall for it before my child even did! Haha! #bloggerclubuk xx

  26. A Moment with Franca

    My daughters are obsessed with Peppa Pig. The funny thing is that the little one (17 month old) is Fan No 1 which is so funny to see at this age. I guess she copies her sister but she is much more into PP than the other one. She even asks to put the TV on all the time so she watch it all day long if she can. It is actually funny. I was invited to go to the show but I couldn’t go which is a shame 🙁 but I will definitely go in June when they are back to London. Thanks for hosting, 🙂 xx #bloggerclubuk

  27. mummascribbles

    Oooo I was looking at tickets for this the other day as it’s on at a local theatre just up the road! Zach is obsessed with Peppa so it sounds like he would love it. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for sharing in #TwinklyTuesday

  28. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    This sounds like such a great show! I love the idea of having an intermission after 40 minutes. And the dancing & singing to keep the kids engaged. It’s awful if they start to get bored during a show. Our daughter would LOVE this as she adores peppa!! #BloggerClubUK x

  29. Clare

    That sounds fab Clare! My boys would love this so I will have to see if there is anything near us. WE don’t really watch Peppa at home but both monkeys love it and are familiar with it from pre school. #BloggerClubUK xx

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