Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
It was a blustery and damp afternoon as we set off to the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells yesterday, perfect for watching The Cat in the Hat. We love seeing shows at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall, it’s a great venue with a large car park two minutes’ walk away, a well-stocked café bar with ice creams, snacks and plenty of comfortable seating. Inside the foyer of the theatre is a large buggy storage area which was really busy when we arrived showing just how popular the stories of Dr Seuss still are with children.
Just like the weather outside the show starts, as in the book, with a wet rainy afternoon. Sally and her younger brother are driven indoors by the rain and are not happy with the idea of a long boring afternoon inside. After 15 minutes of audience participation where the audience gets a soaking with a water gun to simulate the rain outside, the pair move inside and start looking for something to do. It’s not long before there is a knock on the door and The Cat in the Hat arrives, full of ideas to brighten the afternoon. With fabulous balancing acts, and a singing goldfish in a giant bubble there is plenty to keep the younger audience entertained in the first half.
After around 30 minutes there is a 20 minute interval, and the chaos continued with the arrival of acrobatic blue haired duo Thing 1 & Thing 2. As things get broken and the house gets messed up Sally, her brother and the goldfish start to panic as their mother is due to arrive. Trying to catch Thing 1 & Thing 2 is great fun as they treat the stage as a gym, climbing on bookcases and each other but in the end a big net saves the day and soon calm reigns.
Cleaning up is not as easy so The Cat in the Hat comes back with a little magic and soon the house is as good as new, if only that would happen in my house!
We had a fabulous afternoon watching The Cat in the Hat, the show is cleverly executed using only the words from the book, which makes it easy to follow for the thousands of children that love Dr Seuss. Suitable for children from around 3 to 8 years old, it’s a must for those with a young family.
Tickets cost from £19.25 to £20.75 (booking fees may apply).
The Cat in the Hat is at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells from 13-16 March 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01892 530613.
Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2LU | 01892 530613