Sheffield Crucible Studio show The Elves and the Shoemaker is a charming story for small children

Review: Slapstick panto is all well and good but loud shouts of ‘he’s behind you’ and raucous playdough fights aren’t for every small child.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 2:56 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 4:44 pm
Crucible Studio children's show The Elves and the Shoemaker

And so it is there’s another seasonal show, more gentle, just as festive, to captivate the little ones this Christmas.

The Elves and the Shoemakers at the Crucible Studio is a sweet, sentimental, quietly lovely little musical play which retells the traditional fairytale.

Two talented actors, Stephen Cavanagh and Maria Gray, perform the roles of the old shoemaker and his wife as well as the puppeteers who bring the elves to life, and the effect is charming.

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The stage set is pared back and cleverly simple - a dolls’ house of a shoemakers’ shop folds open to reveal its delightful interior.

A wondrous appeal of shows in the Studio is walking into the auditorium through the stage area itself.

So you can pause a while before taking your seats to peep into the little shop’s snowy windows, and even let the children have a photo beside it on your way out.

It’s a magical, immersive way to introduce small children to theatre, and the show is a heart-warming production, full of love, to take them to.

The Elves and the Shoemakers is at the Crucible Studio theatre until Saturday, January 4, 2020. Tickets: go to or call 0114 249 6000.