This one is all about the Pantomimes and Christmas Shows, and there were certainly lots to include.
One of the signs that Christmas is on it’s way is seeing `The Snowman‘ on television, this year Chiswick Mum, GlobalMouse Travels and The Pigeon Pair and Me all went along to The Saddlers Wells Peacock Theatre in London to see it live. Bubba Blue and Me combined the Snowman with the Nutcracker in a concert at Coventry Cathedral, whilst Truly Madly Kids watched the Nutcracker on Ice as part of The Winter Wonderland.
Are We Nearly There Yet ?, Max & Mummy and Entertaining Elliot all went to see Aladdin at The Lighthouse, Poole, but he was obviously a busy man as Tired Mummy of Two watched him at St Helens Theatre Royal, Adventures in Homeschool saw him at The Opera House Manchester, GlobalMouse Travels caught him at Bath Theatre Royal and Fashion Mommy reviewed him at Wolverhampton Grand, a very busy man this year!
Cinderella was also a busy lady this festive season Are We Nearly There Yet ? and The Life of Spicers saw her at Bournemouth Pavilion, and GlobalMouse Travels and Practically Perfect Mums watched the performance on Ice at Bristol Hippodrome with Torvill and Dean. Mum Friendly saw Cinderella at York Theatre Royal. Yorkshire Tots attended a Cinderella Show specifically for the younger audience with The Rainbow Factory Kids, Bubba Blue and Me saw a slightly different version at the Mill Arts Centre.
Disney Frozen on Ice was a popular choice this year, slightly away from the traditional pantomime, but very magical, read all about it from Chelsea Mamma, Dear Bear and Beany, Emmys Mummy and 3 Little Ladies and Me.
I seem to be the only one who saw Beauty and The Beast this year, Eowyn and I had a lovely afternoon at the Marina Theatre, you can check out our thoughts over at Big Family Little Adventures, whilst Cardiff Mummy Says watched Peter Pan at New Theatre Cardiff featuring none other than `The Hoff’.
An Organised Mess and Cardiff Mummy Says and Welsh Mummy Blogs all went to see The Borrowers at the Sherman Theatre, Pigeon Pair and Me and Not Just the 3 of Us went along to try out the Backyard Cinema, see what they both thought.
This Mummy Loves tells us all about Beasty Baby at Lakeside Arts, a one hour show perfect for younger audience members, Snow White and The seven Dwarfs was seen by My Tunbridge Wells at the Assembly Hall Theatre. Rock and Roll Pussycat went to see Jack and The Beanstalk at the Gala Theatre, Durham.
If you are not too keen on a traditional pantomime, check out these alternative shows, Chelsea Mamma went to see Marvel Universe Live, Man vs Pink saw Kiki’s Delivery Service at the Southwark Playhouse, Family Friendly Working reviewed Adventures in Moominland at the Southbank Centre, Yorkshire Tots went to see The Witches at West Yorkshire Playhouse. or how about Stick Man Live reviewed by Mama Wilkos.
I hope you have enjoyed this bumper Christmas bundle of Art & Culture, don’t forget to tweet me at @bigfamilies with your posts for next month or email at email@example.com, next month we shall be looking at Arts, Culture & Heritage for the Spring.