What The Ladybird Heard is on stage at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London from now until Sunday 10th September 2017. We were very excited to go along and see What The Ladybird Heard on stage as Julia Donaldson is a legend in our house. I am sure I read at least one of her stories every day and the tale of the little spotted ladybird is one of our favourites!
The stage adaptation of What The Ladybird Heard manages to stay faithful to the story in Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monk’s well-known book, whilst adding to the action to create a fantastic show that is just under one hour long (with no interval). The story is set on a colourful farm, which is home to a fine prize cow. Two crafty criminals have a cunning plan to steal the precious cow but the wily little Ladybird outwits the thieves, with some help from her farmyard friends.
Expect energetic musical performances, quiet magical moments, creative puppetry and tunes that you’ll carry home with you. The music in the show is played live on stage by the extremely talented cast. The delicate and gentle flute accompanies the Ladybird through the story, there’s strumming guitar and ukulele, as well as clever use of the violin and percussion instruments to add comedy to the robbers, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len. What The Ladybird Heard kept us all engaged for the whole hour and there’s lots of audience participation to keep the busy little people focussed on the action on stage.
I took along Mr 6 (6 years old) and Mr 2 (2 years old), who both loved the physical comedy and giggled at the slapstick performance by the character ‘Raymond’. I particularly enjoyed an enchanting moment when the Ladybird danced in the dark night. We all joined in with the animal noises, songs and actions and the children’s eyes were fixed on the stage throughout the performance.
What The Ladybird Heard is a West End treat that is truly accessible to young children. The team behind the show know their young audience and there are moments to get up out of your seat, call out and clap along – all masterfully woven throughout the story. As the cast cleverly constructed the farmyard puppets from items on the farm we were invited to call out the names of the animals and the noises they make and when the time came to look for the Ladybird we were asked to check under our seats and Mr 2 slid off his chair to dutifully search for the little spotted Ladybird.
What The Ladybird Heard is a farmyard foray filled with music and magic that manages to entertain and captivate a young audience and their accompanying adults. Don’t miss out on your chance to see it on a West End stage this Summer.
On a practical note, we didn’t take a buggy as we were unsure what to expect in an old London theatre, but there was a buggy park clearly signposted when we arrived. The theatre is located in the heart of the West End, so you can enjoy a day out in London as soon as you step out of the theatre. After the show we walked the short journey to Leicester Square for an exciting visit to the Lego Store and then wandered through to Covent Garden to watch some street entertainers and have something to eat. A great day out in London which Mr 2 declared as the ‘best day ever’!
What the Ladybird Heard is on at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from now until Sunday 10th September 2017.
Book online at whattheladybirdheardlive.co.uk
Photo credit: Robert Workman
I received complimentary tickets to What The Ladybird Heard in exchange for an honest review.