When I first suggested booking this show, my husband immediately said ‘I don’t know when it is on but I am most definitely at work!’ Thankfully stars aligned, and as my Dad was away golfing my Mum said she would love to come along and see Angelina Ballerina – The Mousical with me and the three girls (Nearly 4, and twins nearly 3).
There aren’t many photos in this review as, as with most shows (apart from the fabulous In the Night Garden – The Live Show click here to see this review) you can’t take photographs inside the show itself.
We booked the 11am showing so the girls weren’t shattered and we could go for lunch at Pizza Express afterwards. As we set off they were all pretty grumpy and said they were hungry already (it was 10.15!) but thankfully I had packed some of the Crushed Apple & Strawberry squeezy snacks that they have sent us to review. We sat down in the entrance to the theatre and they finished them in seconds. The perfect thing about these snacks is threefold. Firstly they fit in your bag, secondly they aren’t messy at all, and thirdly (bonus for Mum) they are healthy.
Lily can be seen here squeezing out the last of the crushed packet, a very good sign she loved it.
Starvation averted and three happier girls wandered into the show (without a picture of ‘Angelina on a stick’ which was being sold for £5 each).
We have now been to a few shows with the girls (In the Night Garden/Ben&Holly/Peppa Pig/Postman Pat/What the Ladybird Heard/Charlie & Lola) so feel qualified to comment when I say I didn’t really think it was very good. Often these shows have something for the adults with a bit of humour kicking around, but this really didn’t. It also grated me that part of the show was ‘girls like pink, fairies and princesses’ and ‘boys like monsters, hip hop and blue’. Whilst I know this is often the case I don’t really like it fed to us so obviously.
It only lasted 55 minutes and there wasn’t an interval which was a very good length for our girls and they did love the dance show the mice put on at the end but I wonder if they were maybe a little young for the story. They seemed distracted throughout and this hasn’t really been the case with other shows they have been to.
On the upside they told me they had had a lovely time and keep talking about their favourite bits so maybe they liked it more than they seemed to. It certainly won’t stop us going to the theatre again soon.