REVIEW: Peppa Pig and friends make a big splash with Sheffield audience

Peppa Pig and friends made a big splash with audiences at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre.
Peppa Pig and friends made a big splash with audiences at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre.
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When it comes to keeping under-fives entertained, Peppa Pig is a big deal – think One Direction for pre-schoolers.

So it was no surprise, that Peppa Pig’s Big Splash – the latest live show to feature the cheeky piglet and her family – had Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre buzzing with excitement.

With colourful sets and cuddly puppets, the show is a great way of introducing little ones to live theatre.

The story is gentle and easy to follow with plenty of songs and audience participation to keep even the smallest tots engaged.

The show centres around the characters holding a fair to raise money to fix the leaking school roof.

There is an appearance from the popular Mr Potato, a puddle-jumping competition and a game of hide and seek.

Those sitting on the first few rows of the stalls probably got more than they bargained for, however, with jets of water being sprayed on them throughout the show.

At just one hour and 15 minutes long, including the interval, the show is short and sweet but pitched just right for toddlers.

My two-year-old was enthralled from start to finish and didn’t seem to even notice the puppeteers on stage with the well-known characters.

If your child is a fan of the TV show, this is all familiar territory and even includes a sing-a-long version of the renowned Bing Bong song. But even if your little one is new to Peppa Pig, there is plenty to enjoy, although be warned that they may want to jump in every puddle they see afterwards.

* Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is on a UK tour now - for details, see www.peppapiglive.com