Ben and Holly Live: What the little boys thought
Background to the show
From the producers of the hugely successful Peppa Pig theatre tours, Fiery Light Productions, comes the welcome return visit of the live stage show, Ben and Holly.
This new tour opened at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley 27 January and visits 51 theatres across Ireland and the UK booking through till summer 2017. This is well worth checking out and we were really impressed with the show overall, despite the usual overpriced merchandise that every child wants.
Entertainment One’s (eOne) Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom hails from the award-winning animation studio Astley Baker Davies, creators of the global preschool phenomenon Peppa Pig. Currently a top rated show for pre-schoolers Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom airs daily on Nick Jr and on 5’s Milkshake and has picked up numerous accolades including a BAFTA award, British Animation Award and an Emmy Award.
Fiery Light Productions have brought all the magic of the show on the small screen to the stage in this exciting musical adventure. Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston clean up his messy cave; they go on a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum; and still have time to plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with an unplanned jelly flood.
Packed full of games, songs and laughter, this is an enchanting and magical visit to the Little Kingdom. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family.
What the little boys thought
The little boys have seen a few live stage shows now and I think overall this has been one of the ones they have sat the best in and enjoyed. I’m not sure anything could compare to how captivated they were by In the Night Garden Live, but I have said before that in terms of pre-school theatre that show is in a different league.
Ben and Holly Live was engaging for all age groups, there was plenty of audience participation, a short interval and it was the perfect length for the age of the audience. There is a really stunning night flying scene that the boys found mesmerising, and along with the music that was lovely to watch.
The characters worked well, and although Gaston was a plastic ladybird who got pushed around the stage by the other characters, that seemed to work well and the boys liked him a lot.
They enjoyed the plot and have seen the Tooth Fairy episode on TV, so were able to follow the story line well.
One of their other favourite parts was when Gaston’s cave gets cleaned up with some fairy magic, but he doesn’t like it so it all has to be made messy and smelly again. That appealed to their sense of humour.
More from the director and production team
Richard Lewis has adapted the TV animation for the stage and also directs. He also adapted and directed the five highly popular Peppa Pig theatre tours (four of which had sell-out West End Christmas), two LazyTown Live! tours (2007 – 2009) and Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure (2014 – 2015). The composer is the highly talented Mani Svavarsson who has composed the music for a number of FieryLight shows including LazyTown Live!, Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure and all of the live Peppa Pig shows.
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is produced by Fiery Light Productions (Fiery Angel and Limelight Productions) who also produced LazyTown Live!, Roald Dahl’s The BFG, Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure and the five Peppa Pig stage tours, Peppa Pig’s Party and Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash and the current Peppa Pig’s Surprise.
If you fancy it, book your tickets now.