An edited version of this review has appeared in MyVillage.com
The Lyric Hammersmith sums up many of the great things about London. The Lyric is consistently raising its game bringing accessible, inexpensive, talented theatre to the masses in a classy comfortable setting. Running alongside the successful Aladdin Panto is a nostalgic Christmas play for smaller children; “Ivan and Holly Christmas Adventure”.
This lovely 3-hander tells the story of Ivan & Holly two dolls lost from Santa’s sleigh that embark on adventures en-route to their intended destination.
The homely-styled stage is soft and welcoming with fairlights, shadows and good will. The story is a simple yet physical affair with song and dance numbers, a snow ball fight amid the audience and multiple “locations”. Particularly delightful is the underwater sequence with umbrella jelly fish and fans for gills. My littlest friend was in awe of the jungle scene where Holly, Ivan and an amiable monkey swung to and fro across the set and she loved the “toys” brave gumption as they determinedly tracked their way “home”.
It’s a delightfully memorable play and a quality hour with any small companion.
Book a ticket for Thursday 22 Dec and one adult goes free!
Until 31 December 2011
Lyric Square, King Street
London, UK, W6 0QL