7-8 April 2015
Reviewed by Emma Baker
My 5 year old son is a massive fan of Dr Seuss and all the adventures the Cat in the Hat has, so he was over the moon to be seeing the mischievous cat in action live on stage. So myself, my son, his school friend and grandma set off to the Palace Theatre in Manchester. We got their by tram and got off at St Peter’s Square and had about a 10 minute journey down the road that would take us to the theatre, we knew we were getting close as we saw and heard all the excited children and the odd few dressed as thing 1 and thing 2.
The theatre was clearly signed and the excitement grew when we saw the posters outside advertising the show, we picked up our tickets from the box office which was clearly signed and the staff there was very helpful. We then went back outside to the main doors and we were shown to the right area we needed to go by the stewards. They were all happy to help and smartly dressed. We went down to the stalls but as we were early we had to wait in the bar area, which was spacious and nicely decorated. The bar seemed to stock a good variety of drinks and snacks for children and adults.
When it was time to go in, we went through the wrong door and ended up on the wrong side for our numbered seats but we were shown our correct seats with no problem at all. We were lucky enough to have seats a few rows from the front. The seats and the area were clean and comfortable. With 10 minutes to go the little ones decided the needed the toilet, luckily for us they were right by where we were sat. They were clean and adequately stocked with toilet roll and soap and no queues which is always a bonus.
As the lights went down and the show started the audience was buzzing, and out came Sally and her brother and explained in Dr Seuss style rhyme that it was a rainy day and wondered how they would get through a boring day and then there’s a knock at the door, but who could it be? But a tall cat in a red and white hat!!
From that point they were in for a crazy adventure. The children’s fish knew that trouble was brewing and told them he shouldn’t be there when mum was out… but would the children listen? That’s something I doubt!
The background and props were illustrated just like in the books and it gave the show so much character. The crowd gave out such a cheer each time the Cat in the Hat came out. He gave the part lots of enthusiasm. The younger audience was in amazement when he was balancing all sorts of items up on himself. The show was full of laughs and audience participation especially when thing 1 and thing 2 came tumbling out and they ran around the audience causing trouble. But as thing 1 and thing 2 and the Cat in the Hat made too much mess and too much trouble the task was on to get them back in the crate they came out of.
A great show for any Cat in the Hat fans and one that can be enjoyed from a young age. The cast of actors and puppeteers did a great job of portraying the story. It was full of rhymes and tricks which made it all the more enjoyable.
A great day was had by all and one we hope to do again next time it’s in town so my youngest son could get to enjoy it.
A must see.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £13.90 (plus £4 transaction fee).
The Cat in the Hat is at the Palace Theatre in Manchester until 8 April 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3019.
Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT | 0844 871 3019