Reviewed by Katie Allen
I love reading the children’s classic “Guess How Much I Love You’ to my daughter so jumped at the chance to see the stage version during our Easter holidays.
The play was on at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking. I’d never been there before but it was easy to find nestled within the New Victoria Theatre and cinema complex in the Peacocks shopping centre. Perfect if you want to go shopping or catch a bite to eat before or after the show. We parked in the Peacocks centre itself which is £2.80 for 2 hours during the day and only a short walk to the theatre. The theatre is small and cosy and only seats 228 in 9 rows. Perfect for a children’s performance.
As we entered the theatre there was already an actor on the stage – she was Mother Nature – and the children were intrigued and glued to her every move. Soon Mother Nature was joined by Little Nut Brown Hare, Big Nut Brown Hare and a host of woodland creature puppets and the story began.
The show cleverly included all the parts of the book but added interactive songs and movements/dance that the audience could join in with. The cast were charming and brought such warmth to their roles. I always felt the story was of a parent/child relationship, but this performance made it feel more like a friendship although my 4 year old daughter thought they were big brother and little sister.
The children were engaged for the whole 50 minutes and especially enjoyed the changing of the seasons with the falling of leaves in Autumn and snow in Winter. At the end of the show the front of the auditorium was full of foragers picking up “leaves” and “snow” as mementoes.
If you want a charming, magical and entertaining activity to do with children aged 3-7 I would, wholeheartedly, recommend.
Tickets cost £16 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Guess How Much I Love You is at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking from 3-7 April 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/rhoda-mcgaw-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7645.
Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6GQ | 0844 871 7645