Fans of the popular author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Alex Scheffler, will best know them for the Gruffalo, but catching up fast on its heels is one of their many popular children’s storybook, Stick Man.
Stick Man at Leicester Square Theatre
I am absolutely delighted that Stick Man has returned for its fifth season for a run at the Leicester Square Theatre in central London right now through to 3 January 2016. My children have really gotten into the series of books recently and it’s a great narrative to bring to life a print based story. Particularly topical as well this year as Stick Man will also be hitting the small screen this Christmas starring Hugh Bonneville, Martin Freeman and Jennifer Saunders so be prepared for to see much more from this tale!
For those not familiar with the book, Stick Man is a fast-paced tale about the head of the Stick household that lives in the Family Tree with his wife and three children; however he gets trapped in the comings and goings of the outside world. It goes through the seasons of the year with Stick Man trying to return home, culminating in a Christmas celebration where Stick Man joins forces with Father Christmas.
Fun for all ages
So, one wet morning we set to central London as a foursome to check it out. Settled into our seats, the show lasts a reasonable 55 minutes so I had every faith it would hold the attention for the duration of my pair perfectly and I wasn’t wrong! However, I was surprised by just how much my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The variety and levels of humour provided giggles for young and old, catchy tunes contagious, props original and artistic, and the overall performance resulted in a theatrical performance I couldn’t have envisaged.
Performed by just a very small handful of three actors playing a multitude of characters it has a very intimate feel. There’s a lot of audience participation and interactivity with the actors coming into the audience and my children were full of laughs, cheers and anticipation for what was coming next despite knowing the story inside out.
I’d highly recommend this theatrical treat for all young families, especially at Christmas time. A great first foray into London’s west end theatre scene that benefits from the comfort of a younger and more relaxed audience.
Performances run from Wednesday to Sunday at 10.30am, Saturday and Sunday 12.15pm and 2.00pm. There may be additional Christmas performances
Tickets are priced £14 – £19.50 (Family tickets £55)
For more information and to book tickets, call the Box Office on 08448 733433 or visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com.
There will be a Relaxed Performance of Stick Man on Saturday 21 November at 12.15pm. All tickets for this performance are £5. Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the environment has been specifically adapted for families with younger children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.