Preview: Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live

Nickelodeon’s dynamic duo go on tour in a show that replicates their famous Kingdom

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This article is from 2015.

Preview: Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live

Ben, Holly and the gang / Credit: Dan Tsantilis

From Peppa Pig to The Octonauts, Richard Lewis has become a pre-school sensation – although most of his young audience will have no idea who he is.

In recent years, theatre director Lewis has swapped grown-up shows for some of the biggest hitters in children’s theatre, the latest of which is Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. Turning the Nickelodeon TV show into an all-singing, all-dancing stage production hasn’t been easy – but for Lewis, it’s all about the look and feel.

Half masks have been used to give the performers the right faces, yet still allow them to speak and sing, set and costumes emulate the animation, and the storyline features locations in the Kingdom plus a surprise party.

Having spent hour upon hour watching Ben Elf, Holly, Gaston the ladybird and the rest of their friends on-screen, young audiences have a certain expectation – and Lewis doesn’t want to let them down.

‘They need to come into the theatre and see that the Kingdom looks like it should,’ he says. ‘And that’s their first reassurance. Then we take the essence of that and replicate it elsewhere with the colour tones, which all look as they do on TV, so the world looks right. Then we spend ages trying to get the voices right. But ultimately, children transport really quickly from the television to the live show.’

This article is from 2015.

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

  • Directed by: Richard Lewis
  • Written by: Mani Svavarsson (music)

Richard Lewis' adaptation of the award-winning television animation set in a miniature world of fairies, elves and insects. The production features original music by Mani Svavarsson, with original lyrics by Matt Lewis.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Wed 21 Jun 2017

£15 / 01727 844488

Thu 22 Jun 2017

£15 / 01727 844488

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Sat 25 Feb 2017

£14–£16 / 01383 740384

Sun 26 Feb 2017

£14–£16 / 01383 740384

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Thu 6 Apr 2017

£14–£16 / 01892 530613

Fri 7 Apr 2017

£14–£16 / 01892 530613

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