BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Polka Theatre

In Children's theatre, Comedy, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Cold, dark days make me want to see feel-good theatre, especially in the run up to the holidays. Bonus points if it’s colourful, has some depth and at least some non-formulaic elements, even in a classic story. Polka Theatre’s Beauty & the Beast for ages 6-12 meets these criteria with a surprisingly complex storyline that keeps adult attention as well as kids’. Despite the target age range, there is some great humour and a touch of innuendo adults will appreciate (kids definitely won’t get it), sumptuous set and lighting and an adapted, relevant script. Some of the performances are wooden from the dated language and there are some dodgy movement-based transitions, but the school group audience was quiet and focused for most of the nearly two hours with interval.

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In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Reviews by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

This blog is a bleat. And I hope the producers and promoters of theatre for children are paying attention. Sadly, theatre for children – other than at Christmas when it briefly moves centre stage – remains at best a fringe venture and at worst a Cinderella genre. So it needs all the publicity and attention it can get. Right?