Family Show Review: Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever, Wycombe Swan
Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever
Things We Like
- A great theatre adaptation which retains everything from the original show
- A nice blend of songs, including new, nursery rhymes and ones from the TV programme
- The costumes, puppets and set were very well done
- Plenty of audience participation to keep young children engaged
Things We Dislike
- £70+ for a family ticket is pricey for a 1 hour show
- The character voices could have sounded more like those in the TV programme
What’s It All About?
Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever is the new, family-friendly stage show featuring everybody’s favourite porcine TV family. With songs, dancing, audience participation and just enough muddy puddles, follow Peppa Pig and friends as they go on an adventure which will thrill young children up and down the country.
What Do We Think?
We recently saw Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever as a family at Wycombe Swan and, unsurprisingly, our two-year old son and five-year old daughter loved it. Everything about the show screams Peppa Pig. From the costumes to the set to the songs, it all feels very familiar. A lot of attention to detail has gone into ensuring the show is true to the TV programme and it very successfully makes the move from 2D to 3D.
The show comprises a simple storyline which sees Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and Peppa’s human friend, Daisy, set out in search of fun and adventure on a road trip. Along the way, they meet various familiar characters, including Mr Bull, Miss Rabbit, Danny Dog, Suzie Sheep and Gerald Giraffe, as they encounter roadworks, explore caves, tour a castle and, of course, jump in muddy puddles.
Rather than being brand new content written specifically for the stage, it actually leans quite heavily on existing Peppa Pig episodes. For instance, you and your children might recognise aspects from ‘Digging Up The Road’, ‘Caves’ and ‘The Castle’. In essence, elements of each of these episodes have been borrowed and adapted for stage, then linked together with new ideas, songs and dialogue to successfully turn 15 minutes of TV into 60 minutes of theatre.
The show uses a combination of puppets and actors in outfits to depict the familiar characters. The children are puppets and operated by a person dressed in black, whilst the adults are actors in full-size costumes. Then there’s Daisy – who you may remember from ‘Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience’ – who acts as a kind of M.C. and a link between the audience and characters on stage.
This all works really well. The costumes look like the characters and the puppets are animated enough, with moving arms, heads and mouth, to appear real. Something the show does really well is to ‘hide’ the actors operating the smaller characters. We’ve been to other shows where the actors operating puppets distract and confuse, but this didn’t feel like the case with Peppa, perhaps because they were dressed in black and hid behind the puppet where possible.
As you’d hope from a show aimed at preschoolers and young kids, there’s plenty of songs, dancing and audience participation. The show features familiar songs from Peppa like the Bing Bong song, popular nursery rhymes like The Grand Old Duke Of York and The Wheels On The Bus, as well as new musical numbers written for the show like a song about directions, traffic lights and being back in the olden days.
It’s these new songs that often feature the greatest amount of audience participation, as Daisy teaches the crowd the actions to the songs. In addition, there’s a few other sections which actively include the audience, such as guessing food during the medieval banquet or playing musical statues. All of this is very well thought out and helps to ensure that the children don’t get too bored as there’s always the next fun thing around the corner.
The only slight negative to mention is the voices. Obviously, it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to get the exact same voices that are on the TV show. However, as the voices of these characters are so recognisable, something feels a bit off when Peppa doesn’t sound like Peppa or Miss Rabbit doesn’t sound like Miss Rabbit. Some of the voices were acceptable, such as Daddy Pig and Mr Bull, however other voices were barely recognisable.
Still, this is a minor blip on an otherwise very enjoyable, well-assembled and family-friendly show. If your kids love Peppa, regardless of age, then you’re not going to go wrong by taking them to see the live show. At around £70 for a family ticket however, it is a very expensive hour of entertainment.
What Does It Look Like?
What Do I Need To Know?
Type: Theatre, Live Show.
Dates: 2nd and 3rd November 2019 at Wycombe Swan, as part of a nationwide UK tour during 2019 and 2020.
Price: Adult £20, Under 16’s £18, 6-12 months £10, 0-6 months free. Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £72.
Duration: Approx. 75 minutes, including a 15 minute interval.
Age Range: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8).
Disclosure – We were provided with complimentary tickets to the show in order to write an honest review.