Reviewed by Louise Watts
Channel 5’s Milkshake will be part of a well-known morning TV routine for many families with small children. The characters and their programmes are bright and endearing to little ones. Today, I took my 4-year-old son to see Milkshake Live on stage at The Hawth, Crawley. We knew what to expect as we had seen it before a year or so ago. Whilst all the favourite characters were there, I was pleased to see a different storyline behind the show.
The show is called “Milkshake Monkey’s Musical” and demonstrates that with the help of good friends, you can do anything! All the favourites were there including Shimmer and Shine, Fireman Sam, Nella the Princess Night and many more.
Right from the start, the show was lively and captivating. The set was lovely and child friendly with bright colours. There was a lot of singing and dancing and the children were encouraged to join in at all times. During the show, there were many children aged from 2 years through to 7- or 8-years dancing in the aisles and clapping along. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it which in return makes for happy grown-ups!
The presenters David and Nathan, along with the dancers supporting them were brilliant. They were enthusiastic and energetic and all movements were crisp and sharp! They were all an integral part of the show and it would not have worked without them!
The show lasted for about 1 hour 30 minutes including a 20-minute interval. There was plenty of merchandise available to purchase before, during and after the show.
The Hawth is a lovely venue especially for children’s shows as there is not a bad seat in the house! There is a large on-site car park which takes a huge stress away when visiting with small children. The staff are always very welcoming, friendly and eager to please in any way they can. There is a bar and a café selling soft and alcoholic drinks as well as snacks and hot food. I have visiting The Hawth theatre since it opened in 1988 and I have never had a negative experience there.
I would thoroughly recommend Milkshake Live to all families with small children, regardless of whether or not your little ones know the characters. They are all so lively and child friendly that they would enjoy the show anyway!
Milkshake Live is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit www.milkshake.tv/milkshakelive.
Fot other shows at The Hawth in Crawley visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636