‘Stick Man lives in the family tree, with his Stick Lady Love, and their stick children three…’ - I have had this addictive little rhyme on a loop in my head since Sunday, when Richmond Daddy and I were lucky enough to take the girls to see the stage adaptation of the wonderful Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man. Touring the UK, the show’s Christmas season at the Leicester Square Theatre is now running from 16th November to 5th January, and honestly, if you can get yourselves a ticket and get yourselves down there… you MUST go!
Funny, smart, full of energy and laughs and songs that bounce along and stick in your head (in a good way!), Stick Man puts a smile on your face and warms your heart – it’s the perfect pre Christmas family show that will put you in the mood for the festive season. We LOVED it!
The show is recommended for children aged 3 years and over. Allegra is 2 years 10 months and Claudia is a coming up to 10 months, and I’m happy to report that both of them enjoyed it no end! They were mesmerised. Claudia is particular! She sat forward on Richmond Daddy’s lap, clinging on to the back of the seat in front, bouncing up and down to the music, giggling and squealing with delight, clapping her hands along to the songs. Her face was a picture! She’s become quite the little theatre goer this little one!
Allegra’s face didn’t give much away during the performance, but she sat transfixed, and afterwards declared: “I like Stick Man mummy, I enjoyed it” and when I asked what her favourite bit was she said: “the songs”… and… “Father Christmas”… I’m hoping this bodes well for when she meets the man in red next month, every year to date has been somewhat traumatising…!
The show is fast-paced and funny, true to the book, and really brings the story to life. The whole thing is performed by a trio of actors, who also double up as musicians and puppeteers on stage, and are quite simply brilliant. The show lasts just under an hour, with no interval, but it feels like it flashes by in minutes.
We four left with big smiles on our faces and a special edition copy of the Stick Man book, which we have read every evening since we saw the show and I’m sure we’ll read again and again particularly in the run up to Christmas.
To get a great flavour of the live show, have a watch of this:
To get your hands on some tickets, contact the Leicester Square Theatre at:
Box Office: 08448 733433 | http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
Performances: Wednesday-Saturday, 10.30am | Saturdays and Sundays, 2.00pm
We were given tickets to watch Stick Man Live on Stage for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are honest and our own and we were not obliged to write this post.