It was my son’s 6th birthday, when I suddenly realised that he has the clothes he needs, he has a DS, a football uniform (4), tonnes of wonderful books, my iPad which he shares with my 4 year old and me. In summary, it had to be something different. Thank God for the grandparents!
We all got tickets to see the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the 360 pop-up theatre in Kensington Park. First of all, it is an absolutely stunning production and the whole performance is memerising for kids. They loved it, they wanted to go back, they loved Aslan. It was wonderful.
Before going, i decided to research the reviews and was surprised how negative the comments were. Journalists and theatre critics trashed it. But in the face of all the critics, I can say that grumpy journalists, theatre critics and other people who have forgotten what it is like to be a kid should not be allowed in. There is a certain magic to childhood and children’s theatre, which is far from a Disney perfection. But that’s the beauty. And don’t forget, the play requires one to think like a kid and in order to see the Narnia Chronichles, one has to let go a bit and imagine.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, GO!
A couple of tips:
1. The stage is set in a way that there is no point to pay extra for the premium seats, the view and sound is the same
2. Get the popcorn ahead of the performance, it will keep kids entertained and busy during the build up of the story
3. The characters enter from the main set of stairs, which is section A (in case you want a better view)