The Gruffalo’s Child Live Review – Pops goes to the Theatre.

We head to Cardiff for Pops very first theatre experience, were going to see The Gruffalo’s Child Live at The New Theatre.

We were told to get there early to pick up tickets so we made sure we did just that, picked up the tickets and went off to pass the time in the centre. Pops really wanted to go on the big carousel that’s in the middle of city centre so her and MM did just that.

The new Theatre is right by all the shops, really close to transport links and parking so it’s really easy to get to which is perfect if you have kids.
The theatre itself is so cute and the staff were lovely! It was so busy when entering for the start of the show so I’d definitely suggest getting to that bit early or even holding back a little while people go in. They had set up a free pram cloakroom check which was brilliant but I’m not sure how secure it was so I wouldn’t suggest leaving anything in the pram that you would miss (not that I think something would go missing but you can never be too safe)

They had a little mixture of Gruffalo things on sale including these adorable Gruffalo on stick which cost £3.50. Pops didn’t seem overly fussed about them thankfully, as I don’t think I would have wanted to pay that amount whilst knowing that she would only get bored after 5 minutes, I did notice a lot of older kids had them and really seemed to enjoy them!

We walked in to a lovely little Theatre which was pretty full already. It was a lot smaller than other theatres that I’ve been to which I LOVED. I think from anywhere inside the theatre you’d still feel really close and part of the action.

The stage was set and looked amazing! 

The set was moved around during the show and apart from costume changes, no extra bits were used to create the scene which was so good.

We waited for the room to fill and pretty much bang on 4.30 (I didn’t check my phone but MM did) they started… which is so good for restless toddlers/kids.

I was so impressed with the 3 actors, the show and the whole theatre experience. The show included singing and lots of audience participation which was so fun for the kids. It was easy to follow as there wasn’t too much going on at one time and it was so true to the book, I think lovers of the book would be happy but I wouldn’t say you needed to have read the book first. Running time is 55 min approx and has no intervals.

There was a few moments when Pop’s would get scared, mainly when the Gruffalo would snore but overall she loved the show so much and throughout you would hear the amazing sound of children’s laughter. The show was really funny (they even had a few jokes only us adults would get) and each character was played (by 1 of the 3) really well.

I would definitely recommend The Gruffalo’s Child as a great family Theatre experience, I think I may have enjoyed it more than most of the kids 🙈

If you’re interested in going to see it there’s a bunch of places left on the tour. Hopefully some are near you, head over to check for tickets and locations here. If you can’t make it to the show and haven’t heard of the Gruffalo or his child, get the books… they’re a great read. The films are on Netflix too if you fancy watching them.

Do you like the books? Have you been to see the show? We’d love to hear what you think… leave a comment below!

Our tickets were given complimentary for the purpose of this post, all opinions are our own.

Until the next post,

Are and Pops.


  1. Kacie
    July 22, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    Oh how lovely to be able to pop back to Cardiff for a visit, especially to see The Gruffalo!

  2. July 23, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    I love the theatre and this show looks great for kids! I loved the gruffalo when I was younger! I’m glad you all had fun!

  3. July 23, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    This looks amazing! My son would of loved this, we read this every night and he’s watched the DVD.
    Sounds like so much fun x

    • July 23, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      It was really good. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do it again next year it’s been so popular. Keep an eye out! X

  4. July 24, 2016 / 8:58 am

    I used to love the Gruffalo as a child and it is great that it is doing the rounds at the theatre.

  5. Kira C
    July 24, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    I remember when the first book came out so it still amazes me how much it has all grown! That theatre looks lovely!

  6. July 24, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    My nieces and nephews love both this and the Gruffalo, my niece finds the whole story hysterically funny x

  7. July 24, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Sounds like you had a brilliant time! I was a bit old for the Gruffalo but my little cousin loves it!

  8. July 24, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I had no idea they had theatre shows for The Gruffalo! Its one of my sons favourites so will be definitely seeing if they have any shows near us! It sounds like you all had a great time. xx

  9. July 24, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    This sounds like the perfect show to take the little ones to!

  10. Jenna keller
    July 31, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Aww Id live to take my little ones to see this! Not showing near us unfortunately 🙁

  11. Laura Harrison
    August 16, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Sounds like good fun for children xxx

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