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Entertaining the hobbits - London show question

Old Jun 8th, 2017, 11:58 AM
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Entertaining the hobbits - London show question

Have two small people (one of each type, 9 and 7) who primarily resemble the wife traveling with us to the UK. Considering taking them to a show/play/musical whatever while we're in London. More than a bit lost on what to pick. Attention spans are commensurate with ages, therefore dramas be da-ned and long musicals (read: Les Mis length, even if funny and not dreary) not preferred.

Suggestions?

Thanks.
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Old Jun 8th, 2017, 12:13 PM
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Aladdin, The Lion King and Annie all seem like reasonable choices.

My daughter loved Annie at that age.
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Old Jun 8th, 2017, 01:01 PM
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https://www.timeout.com/london/kids/...atre-in-london

http://www.whatsonstage.com/childrens-theatre/
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Old Jun 8th, 2017, 01:49 PM
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Not looking for kids theater/re, but for more of what Tuscanfeedlit was knocking on.
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Old Jun 8th, 2017, 03:31 PM
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Matilda (fabulous)
Lion King
Aladdin
Wicked
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Wind in the Willows
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Old Jun 8th, 2017, 04:30 PM
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A pint at the Green Dragon?

Lee Ann
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Old Jun 8th, 2017, 06:42 PM
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Lots of advice, including comments on seats with restricted views.
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Old Jun 8th, 2017, 07:10 PM
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NOT Wicked!

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Stomp
Annie
Lion King
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Old Jun 9th, 2017, 08:08 AM
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Will check the suggestions above. Thanks all. If more suggestions, fire away.

Does Wicked have some dirty bits? Kids can handle scary - the girl used to relax watching Lord of the Rings movies when she was 2+ and her go-to book at bedtime is an anthology of monster stories.
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Old Jun 9th, 2017, 08:23 AM
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To the best of my recollection (and I saw it most recently in March of this year, in New York), no, Wicked doesn't have dirty bits. I am not a huge fan of the show, not because there is anything wrong with it (and I do like the design) but because it just doesn't "grab" me in the way it clearly does others. I do think it's entertaining and they are clearly doing something right, as it still sells out in NYC all these years after opening, and my 14 year old niece loved it. However, it wouldn't be my first choice unless one or both hobbits really wanted to see it.

If Matilda suits your dates, that would be my choice. Good writing, clever, funny, moving, excellent music, very good design, and satisfying theatrically for adults and children alike. This is a very, very good show.

I have also seen the Lion King and again, while not personally engaged by the story, the production/design is outstanding. You could not go wrong with this, but I'd still see Matilda instead.

I hope you find something that suits.
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Old Jun 9th, 2017, 08:33 AM
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I put Matilda first on my list because it is wonderful.

Re Wicked -- maybe these kids are a tad young, but I know 10 and 11 yo's who LOVED it.
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Old Jun 9th, 2017, 01:53 PM
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re: Wicked
I didn't care for it at all; I couldn't make sense of it and was bored silly. A bit scary but a big yawn.
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Old Jun 9th, 2017, 02:23 PM
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>>re: Wicked
I didn't care for it at all; I couldn't make sense of it and was bored silly. A bit scary but a big yawn.
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Old Jun 9th, 2017, 02:32 PM
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Most everything recommended is always a matter of personal taste, as always YMMV.

I have taste similar to the OP's hobbits age group; LOL.
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Old Jun 9th, 2017, 03:22 PM
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We're going to Scotland first. Will introduce them to the local drams so that they'll get to sleep at a decent bloody hour and give the old man some peace.
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Old Jun 9th, 2017, 03:26 PM
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Matilda was awesome and it's a brisk, entertaining romp. Really one of those rare musicals that would hit the right notes with all ages and still manage to feel fresh. I think you could argue the same about Annie, but the Trunchbull is by far and away a better villain than ms Hannigan. So I think your monster lover would enjoy Matilda.

I enjoyed Wicked but not sure if your hobbits would. I think it's got some deeper themes and dramatic moments that teens and adults would get more out of than kids that age. But the music is catchy.

Haven't seen Aladdin, and might do that if they're more into princesses. Saw the lion king and it's fun but not my thing- I prefer comedy, though.
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Old Jun 10th, 2017, 02:04 AM
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Harry Potter if they have read the books
The play that goes wrong
Wicked
Lion King ( parents were bored and children felt it was a let down after the movie)
Matilda (me 6/10, daughter 3/5)
Have not seen Aladdin or Annie
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Old Jun 10th, 2017, 02:41 AM
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Harry Potter is a two part play so you would need to book it two days to keep from being too overwhelmed
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