Last weekend I took the kids to watch Mr Popper's Penguins at The Rose Theatre Kingston. My in-laws had been babysitting the previous day so I invited them along and we made it into a family day out. I am always so proud to take guests to the Rose Theatre. It is a lovely theatre with great productions. Kingston is so lucky to have such a gem.
The live show of Mr Popper's Penguins is based on a novel (I haven't seen the film so not sure if it is based on the same novel - I assume so). Mr Popper is a painter/decorator who has a nice but boring life. He dreams of exploring Antarctica and seeing polar bears and penguins. Then one day a real-life penguin arrives at his door. We see how his and Mrs Popper's lives change as they start taking care of a penguin (and then many penguins). So, there weren't real penguins. But puppet penguins controlled by the actors. Still cute, and probably more easily controlled than real penguins. Probably.
Both of my children (aged three and seven) loved the show. They enjoyed the singing, and the various moments of hilarity (there were several laugh-out-loud moments). And since the show only lasted 55 minutes, the kids did not have the chance to get fidgety or bored. If this show comes to a theatre near you, take your little one. And if you're near Kingston, go check out the family shows at the Rose - they always have such wonderful productions.
* Photo credit - Helen Murray
We were given a family ticket by The Rose Theatre for the purpose of a review (I paid for an extra ticket). All opinions expressed are entirely my own.