We’ve been invited along to see the brand new family musical, The 3 Little Pigs, at the Town Hall, Birmingham from Tuesday 28th July – Sunday 2nd August before it heads off to London’s West End.
Featuring Birmingham’s own Simon Webbe (Blue, Strictly Come Dancing, Sister Act), Alison Jiear (Olivier Nominated – Jerry Springer The Opera, On The Town, Britain’s Got Talent 2015), Leanne Jones (Hairspray), Wolverhampton’s Taofique Folarin (The Lion King, Avenue Q) and Daniel Buckley (Book of Mormon) The 3 Little Pigs is the latest musical from the multi-award winning musical theatre song-writing duo: George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins, Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes).
H has been really interested in seeing this since we saw the posters last time we were in town. I’ll update this post to let you know what we think once we’ve seen the show.
Stiles and Drewe say: ‘‘most children will know the story of THE 3 LITTLE PIGS, so our job has been to reinvent it in a theatrical way, with hummable, memorable songs that will appeal to the whole family. Our 3 Little Pigs – Bar who loves to exercise, Bee who is “green” to the core, and Q the insatiable bookworm – learn to work together as a team to defeat the Big Bad (but possibly misunderstood) Wolf. We love surprising and bewitching our younger audiences, some of whom will be visiting the theatre for the first time. We take it as a great responsibility to encourage and nurture audiences of the future, so we try to ensure their first experience of a musical is a memorable one.”
Our Verdict: We really enjoyed it – there is plenty for slightly older children to enjoy as well as little ones. The songs are catchy and the voices are good. H said’ it was really good’ and he enjoyed a slightly different take on the traditional story. Recommended.
Performance running time is 55 minutes with no interval.
Children of all ages from 3+.