The school summer holidays are truly a special time for the youngest of theatregoers. Every year, some of the West End's top venues share their stages with daytime, child-friendly shows which give youngsters those invaluable introductions into the world of theatre.
This Summer is no exception as family smash hits such as Aliens Love Underpants (Dominion Theatre), The Gruffalo (Lyric Theatre), Hetty Feather (Duke of York's Theatre), Horrible Histories' Barmy Britain - Part 3 (Garrick Theatre), and I Believe in Unicorns (Vaudeville Theatre) delight the young - and young at heart - all across the capital.
To pay tribute to this wonderful genre of children's entertainment, we decided to give Mark Shenton (our regular critic) the day off and employ four special, little critics for their London Theatre Guide debuts. We sent them along to the Olivier Award-winning composer team of George Stiles and Antony Drewe's new musical The 3 Little Pigs which stars Blue's own Simon Webbe as The Big Bad Wolf, at the Palace Theatre. Here's what they had to say ...
Lilyanne, aged 8:
"I liked the wolf because he was mean! And he was very funny at the start - he said that he was a cute little puppy!"
Gregor, aged 7:
"I enjoyed the wolf, because when he fell down the chimney all the food came out of the pot!"
Annabel, aged 6:
Annabel found the whole show funny as she was smiling the whole way through. She particularly enjoyed the part where the hay house fell down.
Evierose, aged 4:
"I liked the girl pig because of her straw house. I didn't like the wolf because he wanted to eat the pigs."
Thanks to our little critics for sharing their own unique thoughts with us!! The 3 Little Pigs continues at the Palace Theatre until 6 September 2015.