Both of my children are massive fans of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. Ms C likes to pretend she is Princess Holly while Mr K likes to be Ben. We also own a little castle magical playset, a toadstool playset and lunch box. Now and then, they like to watch it on TV or YouTube. When I told them that we are going to watch Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom live on stage, they were so excited! We had made a video months ago to enter the Ben and Holly competition.
There are so many popular children’s shows which have been turned into live action stage shows, and I was especially looking forward to this one. Each actor has an oversized head taped around their mouth. The fairy even has flapping wings!
I love how the cast interact with the children. They make the audience count with them, to find Ben and Holly, singing with actions, clapping and magic trick! I was quite surprised that Holly disappeared inside the tree props by using lighting. It is very clever and like watching a magic show.The story is based on storylines from very well know episodes and they cleverly joined together to make this enchanting and fun show! Everything on the sets are really authentic to the animation. It was bright, colourful and they changed the stage very smoothly. I don’t want to go into much detail about the whole storyline to avoid spoiling it.
I rate this show 5 stars out of 5. I would highly recommend the show to anyone, especially all Ben and Holly fans. You will not be disappointed. It is about 1 hour 20 minutes long including an interval.
This brand new UK tour is now on the road until August 2013 to deliver the magic of the hugely popular children’s TV show to as many families as possible. Please visit their website for details of confirmed venues, availability and booking instructions. Thanks to Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom for providing us this opportunity!
Disclosure: We were given these tickets for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own. Nicola Hart as Ben / Kerry Gooderson as Holly.Image used with permission. Photograph: Adam Chapman