Cat in the Hat at Pleasance Theatre

Photo Credit: Gary Lake
Photo Credit: Gary Lake

We all love the Dr. Seuss novels and when I was to hear that Pleasance Theatre were showing the London revival of the National Theatre’s adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s ‘Cat in the Hat’ by Katie Mitchell, I had to get myself down there with my daughter and her cousins.

The show sold our during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and after what was an impressive immersive performance I could definitely see why.  “From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appeared around the door, Sally and her brother knew that the cat in the hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home?”

The show is recommended for children that are 3+. I had with me my 2 year old daughter, 4 year old nephew and 7 year old niece. It was a treat for them all especially me. I was catapulted back to a time of make-believe and imagination. I felt that the cast brought alive some of my favourite childhood characters and when Thing 1 and Thing 2 came on set I nearly exploded with excitement. The show is perfect for all ages, it really is interactive theatre and all the children that were there were in awe. From bouncing balls, bubbles and water pistols (I am not going to give it away too much), we all felt like we were sat in the living room with Sally, her brother and that naughty cat.

The show lasts for roughly an hour, which was perfect for all the children; it was engaging for long enough that none of the children in our sitting lost their cool. The Pleasance Theatre is a small quirky theatre and one of my favourite places to watch intimate plays. It provides for the perfect environment to really engage with what is happening on stage without the large acoustics and masses of people.

Would I recommend this play? Heck yes! It is the best alternative to a traditional pantomime and it is fun and interactive and perfect for small children. The show runs until Sunday 4th January 2015 so you had better get booking, you won’t regret it.

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