Review: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom,

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The Lyceum, Sheffield

For those unfamiliar with children’s TV favourites Ben and Holly, they are best friends with a difference.

Ben is a practical, no-nonsense elf, while Holly is a fairy princess who loves to do magic, but still has a lot to learn about spells.

However, all you really need to know is children love them.

Their books and DVDs are already a big hit, so it was no surprise to see how well their live show was received by a very young audience.

On this adventure, they help Nanny Plum who is moonlighting as a tooth fairy before returning to the Little Kingdom to help King Thistle – Holly’s dad – celebrate his birthday.

As you would expect, there are twists and turns along the way, as well as quite a few laughs, for the grown-ups as well as the children.

The show uses song, dance, music, puppetry and lots of pantomime-style audience participation to keep even the smallest theatre-goers entertained.

And judging by the gasps from the audience when the costumed performers first took to the stage, it manages to capture the children’s imaginations and transport them to the Little Kingdom – at least until the lights come up.