Hubby and I used to love going to the theatre, and we’ve been taking the children to shows since our eldest was two. I was delighted to be offered the chance to review the production of the classic Raymond Briggs book Father Christmas at the Lyric, Hammersmith, and it felt rather apt to be seeing it on the 1st December. A fab way to kick start the silly season.
Then it dawned on me the morning of the show, that I would have to take all three kids into London on my own, then deal with a 21mo who only managed the first ten minutes of our last cinema trip when we attempted to see Inside Out in the summer. Never one to be put off by minor details we set off bright and early, and headed to Hammersmith.
The Lyric has changed a lot since the last time I went (possibly fifteen years ago) and the first thing you notice as you get to the entrance is the delicious aroma wafting from the Peyton & Bryne café on the ground floor. The theatre is wheelchair (therefore buggy) friendly, and everything is made super easy to find with funky signposts. The restaurant on the second floor is very spacious, and the food looked fab. We were also lucky to get a clear sunny day, and enjoyed our lunch on the roof terrace – it’s a real must if you find yourself at The Lyric.
We managed to nab front row seats, and the girls asked a couple of times whether it was actually him. I think they were a little disappointed with my answer to be honest.
“The Lyric’s beloved production for young children returns for the fourth year. Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas has become a must-see Christmas show for families, especially as a great introductory theatre experience for young children.
Follow Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. This timeless festive story bursts into life with live music, playful puppets and a magical set.”
They really got inside the head of the big fella, and made us see what he goes through to deliver all those pressies on Christmas eve. The set was beautiful, and I was super impressed with how few actors were in the show. The music and sound effects that were being performed to accompany the acting elevated it, and all in all it was a truly magical way to spend an hour.
The show completely captivated all three of my children. Even the boy sat on my lap as still as a post throughout, which I wasn’t expecting and was pleasantly surprised about! We all gave it the thumbs up, and the girls made a little video clip to tell you about their favourite bits.
You have until the 24th December to see the show, and tickets will set you back £10 each – see the full details here.
**Disclosure: we were given free tickets to see the show; all thoughts and opinions are my own. See here for my full disclosure policy**