Pig-related events taking place in the UK

We round up the most important porcine-related happenings across the country, outside the Daily Mail


This article is from 2015.

Pig Related Events Taking Place in the UK

That'll do, pig.

Can you believe it's only 161 days until citizens across the US next celebrate National Pig Day on 1 March? A day when pig-lovers across small parts of the Midwestern United States 'accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized (sic), place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals.' It's all thanks to a pair of sisters who created this momentous celebration back in 1972 although, curiously, much of this joyful ceremony entails the ritual killing and consumption of these poor beasts.

And what better reason than that tenuous countdown could there be to scour our listings for porcine themed events?

Let's kick off with Fat Pig, a play by serial misanthrope Neil LaBute, about a man struggling to come to terms with his relationship with a plus-sized woman. Or if misogyny is off the cards then how about Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs, a drama about a pair of alcoholics celebrating their 17th birthdays on a violent boozy binge. Pig Farm from Greg Kotis, the Tony Award-winning writer of Urinetown the Musical, is a dark farce about a trio defending their struggling farm from a gun-weilding intruder. It sounds a bit like Withnail & I meets Straw Dogs, which is a magical combination.

Perhaps you're looking for something to entertain the kids, in which case Peppa Pig might be a safer bet. Peppa Pig's Surprise sees the titular piglet delighted by something wondrous and unexpected; hopefully it's not a visit from a serving Prime Minister.

The Three Little Pigs feature in three adaptations for kids. Starting with this interactive Hallowe'en-themed show suitable for pre-school children. Visitors to Legoland Windsor can enjoy a more straightforward adaptation, and there's a retelling of the classic tale from Moving Stage Marionette Company.

And anyone curious about what it takes to look after these famously intelligent creatures can get all the facts at Keeping Pigs.

That'll do, pig.

This article is from 2015.

Peppa Pig's Surprise

  • Directed by: Richard Lewis

Fun family show following the adventures of little Peppa Pig, who's having fun playing outside, but Mum and Dad have a surprise …

King's Theatre, Glasgow

Thu 13 Jul 2017

£15.25 / 0844 871 7648

Fri 14 Jul 2017

£15.25 / 0844 871 7648

New Theatre, Cardiff

Fri 28 Oct

£16 / 029 2087 8889

Sat 29 Oct

£16 / 029 2087 8889

Phoenix Theatre, London WC2H

Thu 15 Dec

£11–£25 / 0844 871 7627

Fri 16 Dec

£11–£25 / 0844 871 7627

Sat 17 Dec

£11–£25 / 0844 871 7627

…and 17 more dates until 7 Jan 2017

Also on at:

The Three Pigs And The Wolf & Captain Grimey

Two show presented by Moving Stage Marionette Company: a retelling of the tale of the three little pigs, and the story of a grumpy sea captain who befriends a dolphin. Ages 3–8.

The Puppet Theatre Barge: Little Venice, London W9

Wed 26 Oct

£12 (£10; Students £10; Children £8.50; Seniors £10) / 020 7249 6876

Thu 27 Oct

£12 (£10; Students £10; Children £8.50; Seniors £10) / 020 7249 6876

Fri 28 Oct

£12 (£10; Students £10; Children £8.50; Seniors £10) / 020 7249 6876

…and 2 more dates until 30 Oct

The Three Little Pigs

  • Directed by: Wayne Miller
  • Written by: Anthony Drewe (lyrics)

You may think you know the story of The Three Little Pigs but think again, this children's adventure will open your eyes and tell you why the Big Bad Wolf was all huff and puff.

The Three Little Pigs

A fun-packed show for pre-school and primary aged children based on the traditional fairy story but with a Halloween twist! Live stage action, audience participation, music, slapstick and lots more! Perfect to amuse children during the half term holiday.

Disco Pigs

A play about a boozy friendship.

Pig Farm

  • Directed by: Katharine Farmer
  • Written by: Greg Kotis

Katharine Farmer directs a dark and disturbing farce written by Greg Kotis, Tony Award-winning author of Urinetown The Musical, about the valiant efforts of Tom and Tina to survive on their farm with just the help of hired hand Tim. Staged by Dead Posh Productions.

Fat Pig

A play by serial misanthrope Neil LaBute about a man struggling to come to terms with his relationship with a plus-sized woman.

Keeping Pigs

Hands-on day teaching you all you need to know about keeping pigs.


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