Ben and Holly Live at Malvern Theatre

Since Libby started school, I’ve felt like I’ve had very little quality time with her during the week. When I pick her up we’re always heading to a dance or drama class. Even on days when we come straight home, I’m rushing to get dinner ready or trying to get some work done while the girls play. So when we were asked if we wanted to go and see Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom live on stage, I jumped at the chance.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Live on Stage

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is a childhood television staple. There are elves and fairies, exciting stories, a friendly ladybird and a little bit of magic thrown in for good measure. The live stage show was no different – except that there was some extra music and dancing as well.

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom live is a stage show based on the critically acclaimed Ben and Holly children's television series. Pre-school aged children and children within the younger years of primary school will love this production. It is a great introduction to theatre.

The stories in the stage show are based on the television programme. Libby and Lia were delighted when they realised that the story was the same as one they’d watched on television just the day before. The show itself started with Ben and Holly playing hide and seek. This meant that the children were totally engrossed in the story from the start, shouting and pointing at where the characters were hiding.

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom live is a stage show based on the critically acclaimed Ben and Holly children's television series. Pre-school aged children and children within the younger years of primary school will love this production. It is a great introduction to theatre.

The characters are brought to life with actors on stage, wearing oversized Ben and Holly heads. There’s also Nanny Plum, a little girl called Lucy and some other friends who make an appearance. The set is very basic with few set changes but it is used very effectively. I liked the simplicity of it and the children were able to really relate to the characters.

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom live is a stage show based on the critically acclaimed Ben and Holly children's television series. Pre-school aged children and children within the younger years of primary school will love this production. It is a great introduction to theatre.

The music in the show was incredibly engaging. They sung a couple of songs that the girls knew and they both got up to have a dance. In fact, all the children in there were singing and dancing with smiles on their faces.

Malvern Theatres

I am a huge fan of Malvern Theatres, they have some amazing shows there and this was no exception. In the past, we’ve seen acts as diverse as Ranulph Fiennes, Lee Evans, Blood Brothers and Sleeping Beauty. Children’s shows are always engaging and laid back. The more serious shows always have an incredible atmosphere because it’s a small venue where everyone can be drawn into the performance. Plus, it’s in a beautiful location.

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom live is a stage show based on the critically acclaimed Ben and Holly children's television series. Pre-school aged children and children within the younger years of primary school will love this production. It is a great introduction to theatre.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom show wasn’t sold out, there was plenty of space and everyone was sitting close enough to the stage to be really engaged with the performance. The show lasted around an hour and a half including a break for the interval.

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom live is a stage show based on the critically acclaimed Ben and Holly children's television series. Pre-school aged children and children within the younger years of primary school will love this production. It is a great introduction to theatre.

This seems like quite a long time for young children, but it was engaging enough to keep them focussing on it. There was no obligation to sit still as the audience was full of parents and young children. I didn’t feel awkward when the children were singing, commenting on what was going on or out of their seats dancing.

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom live is a stage show based on the critically acclaimed Ben and Holly children's television series. Pre-school aged children and children within the younger years of primary school will love this production. It is a great introduction to theatre.

If your children are fans of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, do check out their website. There are lots more dates available for shows around the country in the coming weeks.

Win a family ticket to see Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

You can win a family ticket to see Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom live show. The giveaway ends at 00.00 (am) on Monday 3rd April so please check the Ben and Holly live website for the tour dates before entering. Only enter if you will be able to attend one of the available dates and locations after the giveaway ends. Meet and greet with the cast can be arranged for the winners if they choose the last show time on the first day of shows at each theatre.

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Please note, we were given tickets for Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom live for the purpose of this review. Images are courtesy of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. All views, opinions and delighted children are my own.

30 Comments

  1. March 15, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    It looks like a great show – just like on the tv and so bright and colourful. Malvern Theatre is a lovely place and it is a great location – we went to see Dinosaur Zoo there and must go back again.

    • monsterid March 16, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      Yes you’re right, the colours are fabulous. I always think I should go more often every time we go to Malvern Theatres too.
      Nat.x

  2. March 15, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    This sounds fab. We used to love Ben & Holly back in the day. Well, my daughter of course 😉
    They do have very good stuff on at Malvern Theatre.

    • monsterid March 16, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      Oh I agree, Malvern Theatres are so good, the plays they have there can be incredible.
      Nat.x

  3. March 15, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    That looks like a brilliant show – my girls would love this too. It’s always so nice when you don’t have to worry about the children not being able to sit still. Glad to hear that Libby and Lia enjoyed themselves too 🙂

    • monsterid March 16, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      Thank you, it’s well worth looking out for if they head your way, the girls would love it.
      Nat.x

  4. March 15, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    This post almost brought tears to my eyes the way it strongly evoked the excitement and feeling that good theatre can produce in children. It sounds so lovely and the gardens look enchanting.

    • monsterid March 16, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Thank you, we had a lovely time.
      Nat.x

  5. March 16, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    My girls love Ben & Holly and we’ve booked to take them in July. I can’t wait, I know they are going to love it after seeing this x

  6. March 17, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I love those oversized heads! It’s great that you were so close to the action – it sounds like quite an intimate performance.

  7. michelle o'neill
    March 17, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    would love to see this at HIGH WYCOMBE Wycombe Swan

  8. Sarah Mackay
    March 17, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    ST ALBANS The Alban Arena

  9. Laura Pritchard
    March 18, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    The Wycombe Swan please!

  10. Tasha
    March 18, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    Leicestershire pretty please

  11. March 20, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Hi Nat, just looking at the costumes it’s easy to tell it’s a fun show for children. I have never heard of Ben and Holly, but elves and fairies are the basis for the most magical children’s programmes. It looks like an afternoon well spent with the children and one they will remember too.

    xx

  12. March 20, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I love Malvern Theatre too! My mother in law lives in Great Malvern and we went this weekend to see ‘Don’t Dribble On The Dragon’! It was loads of fun and we had a play in the park afterwards.

  13. Michaela Hannah
    March 24, 2017 / 6:23 am

    Would love to take the kids to Billingham Forum to see Ben and Holly

  14. Cheryl Price
    March 24, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre Please

  15. Jo Carroll
    March 30, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    One of the final shows at the READING Hexagon on either Sat 22 – Sun 23 Jul would be just amazing. It looks like so much fun. x

  16. Gary Topley
    March 31, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    SHEFFIELD Lyceum x

  17. Emma Whittaker
    April 1, 2017 / 11:02 am

    LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru
    Sat 15 – Sun 16 Apr

  18. donna l jones
    April 2, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    ST ALBANS The Alban Arena

  19. Josh Gough
    April 2, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    The Wycombe Swan please!

  20. Teresa sheldon
    April 2, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Southampton please

  21. Teresa sheldon
    April 2, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Southampton please would be great

  22. Kat Allinson
    April 2, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Reading Hexagon

  23. Diana
    April 2, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    KING’S LYNN Corn Exchange 🙂

  24. Farhana
    April 2, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    LONDON New Wimbledon Theatre
    Sat 3 – Sun 4 Jun

  25. Natalie Crossan
    April 2, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    London new wimbledon theatre pls xx

  26. Gill Mitchell
    April 2, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    I would like to attend Halifax on May 27th

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