Last Sunday, Hubby and I took Olly to the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham to see his first ever show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise. Being the sly Mama that I am, I didn’t tell Olly where we were going, all he knew was that we were going to Birmingham for the afternoon. The look on his face when he realised we were at the theatre to see some of his favourite characters was priceless. He saw lots of other children wearing Peppa and George Pig t-shirts and as soon as he saw the official Peppa Pig merchandise he instantly knew we were there to see them.
We took our seats in the theatre with Olly sitting on a blow up booster cushion that was provided for smaller guests and eagerly awaited for the show to start. The audience was packed with pre-schoolers and older children and as soon as the lights went down the giggles began.
Without ruining the show for anyone who has tickets booked, the show is all about Peppa Pig and a surprise trip to the beach with her family; Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and baby brother George Pig. The show is compared by Peppa and George’s friend Daisy who ties quite a lot of the story together.
Apart from Daisy, who is a real life person, all the other characters are puppets that are controlled by cast members in black outfits. There are a few life sized characters such as Mummy and Daddy Pig who are acted out by cast in costume.
For the first twenty minutes of the show, we weren’t sure whether Olly liked it or not. Due to a tall person sitting in front, Olly couldn’t see very well so ended up sitting on his Daddy’s lap for the first half of the show. He didn’t react to any of the jokes or take part in any of the audience participation segments of the show which worried me but there was a turning point in the show where some of the audience got wet as part of the set up on stage and he giggled so much! He thought it was really funny that I got my hair wet and from then on he absolutely loved it. I think he was just taking it all in and trying to work out what was going on.
The show consists for two 35 minutes acts with a break in between for toilet and refreshment breaks.
The second half of the show got a much better reception from Olly. He loved the underwater feature showing off dancing crabs and swimming starfish. By the end of the show, Olly was dancing in the aisles and joining in with the dances, he really enjoyed it.
The cast performing the show were great. They all sang well and the show ran seamlessly. It was instantly recognisable as Peppa Pig although the voices weren’t the same as on the television, all the music was and tied it all together really well.
Overall we had a wonderful afternoon at the theatre watching Peppa Pig’s Surprise and would definitely recommend it for any Peppa or George Pig fans of pre-school age.
Ticket prices vary dependent on venue and seating location but a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) would cost approximately £58.
You can find out more about the show and get tickets for the rest of the tour via their Facebook page.
Disclaimer: We were given free tickets in exchange for this review. All words and opinions are my own. Images are courtesy of the official Peppa Pig’s Surprise Tour as no cameras or videos are allowed to be used during the show.