A TV cartoon that is a favourite with tiny tots is coming to life with a show at Sheffield Lyceum this week.
Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, which features the adventures of a tiny elf and a fairy princess, is currently a favourite show for youngsters.
The two stars of the show popped into the city centre ahead of their appearance on Friday and Saturday to sprinkle a little magic dust near the Lyceum.
Richard Lewis brings the charmingly magical animation to life on stage as Ben and Holly embark on exciting new adventures in the Little Kingdom.
They help Gaston the ladybird to clean up his messy cave, take a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum and plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party – complete with an unplanned jelly flood.
The show comes from the makers of Peppa Pig and the producers of two hugely successful Peppa Pig theatre tours that have been to the Lyceum.
It is packed full of singing, dancing, fun and games.
The actors will wear masks in this production, created by Russell Dean, artistic director of Strangeface Theatre Company. Russell worked for a number of years with the award-winning Trestle Theatre Company as their designer and mask-maker.
His other theatre credits include commissions for the long-running West End musical Billy Elliott and the Old Vic’s Bridge Project.
For television he has created masks for music groups such as the SugaBabes and Oasis as part of an ITV promotion for the Brit Awards in 1998.
The masks he created of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to promote Channel 4’s The Deal were also featured on the front cover of Private Eye.
Richard Lewis has adapted the TV animation for the stage and also directs the show.
He also adapted and directed the two LazyTown Live! tours.
The original music is by Mani Svavarsson, with lyrics by Matt Lewis.
Tickets for Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom are on sale now from the Sheffield Theatres Box Office, priced from £1. Bookings: call 0114 2496000 or visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.