Review: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom at New Theatre, Cardiff.

Today we went to see
the wonderful Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom at New Theatre in
Cardiff. Molly adores Ben and Holly, and I have to admit it’s the
kind of TV show I can watch over and over again and I was very keen
to see how it would transfer from TV to stage.

The theatre was
buzzing with fans of the children’s show, and the staff were all very
helpful in making sure everyone knew what they needed to do and where
they needed to be.

The Little Kingdom
follows the friendship between Ben the Elf and Holly the Fairy, from
magic spells to meeting human folk, it’s full of adventure and fun
and with the stage version we had plenty of opportunities to join in
with the show!

The stage set was
minimal, with wooden boards full of greenery and flowers. The props
were also mostly made from wood and it was easy to follow each
section of the performance without an overcomplicated set. 
The show opened with
the classic Ben and Holly music and the whole theatre was bustling
with excitement. Family shows are often a lot noisier so it was
sometimes distracting during the quieter moments of the show, but at
the end of the day that’s life when it comes to children and it means
you can relax a little bit when it comes to fidgeting and squeals of
joy, which is always a good thing when you’re with the kids!

I liked that the
show was split into two parts and each part was short enough to keep
the attention of all the children. The show included a mixture of
stories, my favourite being the ‘Jelly Flood’ in the second half.

I think it was a bit
hard to get into mostly because the costumes don’t allow for
expressions, so it feels a bit odd at first to see. Molly didn’t stop
smiling throughout though, so she obviously wasn’t bothered by it and
maybe it’s because I’m not used to character costumes performing on
Nanny Kim came along
and we both agreed that the songs were really delightful. Some were
soft and sweet and others were fast paced and we were able to join in
alongside the characters, singing and dancing and generally having
lots of fun!

Some of the voices
were amazing, our favourites being Nanny Plum, Holly and the Wise Old
Elf. It felt like the characters were actually in the theatre! I
didn’t quite click with Ben’s voice, but it didn’t hinder the show. I
think I would have liked to have seen the characters actually flying
on apparatus for certain scenes, as cute as the flight scene was, it
just didn’t feel as magical.

It was so nice to
see Molly so excited and involved in the show, and I think that’s the
main point with family performances. It is totally about the
children, and this show was, of course, very tailored towards the
little ones.

If you have Ben and
Holly fans then this is definitely the show for you!

Disclosure: I
received tickets in exchange for this show. All opinions are 100%
honest and my own.

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