With a ‘BUMP!’ and a ‘PLOP!’ dropping in from the wings, balls that squeak, and choruses of ‘Er-yuck!”, the Cat in the Hat live stage show is a real winner for toddlers to tweens.
It can be hard to take a favourite book and do it justice on stage, but this show really works. Sticking mainly to the original words by Dr Seuss (with the occasional added miaou!), the small cast speed through the poem, bringing Cat in the Hat chaos to a theeatre packed with families.
From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home?
The show was fun, noisy and packed with great characters. You’ll love Thing 1 and Thing 2’s particular type of anarchy, and watch out for the giant balls that bounce across the auditorium. Sit near the front and you may be showered with bubbles too.
The fish was successfully conveyed as a handpuppet, adding a parental voice of concern to the Cat’s wild antics, as he was hurled from fishbowl to teapot, balanced on a rake. Thing 1 and Thing 2 tore across the stage with kites, and the clean up car was another thing that came straight from the book. Expect towering hats, mischief and an imagination recharge!
I took K, 6, J, 9 and D, 13. While the show might be aimed at younger children, it was popular with all three and we were all laughing, all the way through. For D and J the highlight was definitely the balls bouncing round the audience. For K, I had to read the book to him that night when we got home, so it’s a great show for encouraging interaction with books.
NB: for parental one-upmanship, two small boys in the audience turned up with Cat in the Hat hats and makeup!
Based on the much loved book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is a lively and engaging first theatre experience for young children aged 3+. The play was originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain.
It is adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell. Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.
Coming up in May, there are lots more events for the family at the DLWP in Bexhill:
Lift the Lid: Pocket-sized Ponies@ Sun 3 May 2015 – Sun 7 Jun 2015 Free entry
Tales For Toddlers Mon 11 May 2015 Free entry
Aliens Love Underpants Sun 24 May 2015 Tickets: £12.50
For details or to book visit www.dlwp.com or call 01424 229111.
Disclaimer: we were given the tickets to the Cat in the Hat show and we will be reviewing Aliens Love Underpants next!