Sunday, 14 September 2014

Planning our first official theatre trip

I admit I get cabin fever if I spend too much time indoors.  I like as a family for us to get involved in lots of different activities and have wide ranging interests.  We have watched the odd pantomime but never headed to London for one of the big theatre shows.  I know my two would enjoy watching a live performance, something colourful to capture their attention.

We would be spoilt for choice; there are so many shows suited for children at the moment, The Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda The Musical just to name a few.  Youngest finally has the attention span for a proper trip to the theatre so he would not be trying to talk a walk down the aisles or chat loudly to whoever will listen!  He would follow the story and join in the songs.

I always worry though a trip to the theatre will be quite costly, as a family of four the price can soon add up.  But having had a look on Theatre Breaks you can get some good deals!  My dad is keeping a close eye on our finances at the moment as he borrowed me some money for the renovation project so I have to shop around and get the best prices on EVERYTHING or face his (understandably) disapproving stare!!!

The boys loved the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book; it is an exciting tale so I think as a family that would probably be our first choice.  I have heard the scenery and costumes are incredible, the music lively and the characters funny.  Of course that all depends if we can convince youngest not to go with Lion King seeing as he is completely obsessed with Lions, mind you if I explain that you can get a Wonka bar in the interval he will be swayed I think!!!

It’s been a few years since we visited London with the boys and living rurally we only have amateur dramatics, which can be entertaining but not always for the right reasons!  I want to watch a theatre show with all the trimmings, lavish stage decorations and proper special effects!  Reading The Guardian review for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory makes me want to book up tickets today!  I think I will check my friend’s availability for visitors and beg a stay for some enriching theatre!

Of course my boys have been content with shows in their local tiny theatre but it would be lovely to spoil them on occasion and for them to see something with a bigger budget!  Hopefully we will have the chance to take them soon, the special effects at our local theatre nearly took us out, a bike wheel went flying into the front row of the audience and the king’s slipper knocked my son on the head!!!  So you can see why we crave the refinement of a proper performance, hopefully with health and safety guidelines in place!!!

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