With the summer holidays just around the corner, the stage adaptation of the Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ picture book What the Ladybird Heard has just flown into the West End for a summer stint ahead of a UK tour.
We chatted to Peta Swindall, executive director of the Little Angel Puppet Theatre, about plans for the theatre’s 60th anniversary year…
As a piece of theatre Zog is enjoyable and beautifully thought out, although the synchronicity with the much loved book is lacking.
All the delight of the original picture book story of The Singing Mermaid who gets swept away in the circus is brought to the stage in this puppet adaptation from the Little Angel Theatre. And more.
Once again Scamp Theatre brings to life this delightful story, The Scarecrows’ Wedding, which young and old alike can enjoy. Hopefully, the memory will stay with the youngsters forever, bringing a new generation of theatre-goers.
The illustrator Rebecca Cobb spoke to LLLC’s Emma Clarendon about collaborating with Julia Donaldson and bringing The Everywhere Bear to the Polka Theatre.
Overall, the production was brilliant fun. The children will love it and there is enough there to keep the adults amused for an hour!
The Scarecrows’ Wedding is a stage adaptation of the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. It’s a love story about two scarecrows – Betty O’Barley & Harry O’Hay – who decide to get married.
Internationally acclaimed theatre company Tall Stories today announces that The Gruffalo’s Child is to follow in her father’s giant footsteps with a Christmas season in the West End! It’s a big step – just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her at the Lyric Theatre.
There are pros and cons to the stage version by Scamp Theatre, musically it’s a strong production but visually it lacked the stimuli to hold my toddler’s attention and the same could be said for fellow pre-school theatre-goers sitting in the stalls.
At just under an hour’s length The Gruffalo makes for perfect entertainment for the little ones, with Tall Stories promising a sequel of The Gruffalo’s Child for next year!
Scamp Theatre will bring its hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man back to the West End for nine weeks over the festive season, playing at the Leicester Square Theatre from 5 November to 30 December 2016.
Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant In Town and A Squash and a Squeeze are all fantastic children’ stories. Each story has a moral and engaging, madcap characters. Enter Scamp Theatre, who have taken these stories and produced an energetic and creative show for young audience members.
There’s a verve and vim to the latest production of Stick Man, the adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture storybook… This has not always been the case for the different casts who have taken on Scamp Theatre’s adaptation,
✭✭✭✩✩ Quite funny
Junior review by Cora Dibdin:
I enjoyed this play but found it very hard to review. The play is from the book by Julia Donaldson. It is about two scarecrows called Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay getting married.
✭✭✭✭✭ Hilarious and very exciting
Junior review by Cora Dibdin:
This show had the real Julia Donaldson. She brought her husband Malcolm and sister Mary and there were two other people, James and Joanna.
Stage Hero of the week is Owen Guerin, aka The Gruffalo in the larky children’s play based on Julia Donaldson’s immortal book. On the hottest West End day for decades there he was, even more overdressed for the weather than David Suchet in his Lady Bracknell rig across town. In an immense tatter-tag suit and hood, he roared and chased and danced and, in the culminating moments when Mouse (Ellie Bell) has outwitted him, abandons the stage to dive through the shrieking audience and leap over seatbacks in manic panic. Respect!
Award-winning company Scamp Theatre will bring several of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved children’s books to the London stage in 2015, including the world stage premiere of their most recent book The Scarecrows’ Wedding. Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales will also play a Summer Season at Leicester Square Theatre.
For those of us who aren’t jetting off to sunnier climes during the Whitsun school holidays, there is an abundance of good stuff going on. I’ve compiled the best picks of theatre, film and creative activities for families happening in Manchester from 22 May until 7 June 2015…