A tiger and a tea party

tiger who came to tea review epstein theatre

Being a blogger means that every now and then an email arrives in your inbox with something that makes you very excited. A week or so ago the children and I were invited to attend the launch of the stage show The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.

I’ve been toying with the idea of taking Daniel to the theatre for some time now, so this was the perfect introduction. So, Tuesday morning I set off to make the short trip to Liverpool, a city I really haven’t visited enough despite it being so close to home.

We parked up at a nearby car park and headed over to the theatre. I love the theatre and try to go two or three times a year. I have seen some fabulous shows over the years and I am keen for Daniel and Emma to experience the joy of the theatre too.

tiger who came to teaThe Epstein Theatre itself is a beautiful old theatre, and I can only imagine the actors that have tread the boards there and the shows that have been staged. It is a stunning Grade II listed building. When we arrived we took the stairs up to a room where there were plenty of colouring activities laid out for the children. It is a beautiful and light area.

Daniel and Emma aren’t familiar with the story of the Tiger Who Came to Tea, it’s not a book that I have introduced to them yet. However we enjoyed talking about the pictures and Daniel coloured in a copy of the cover image (and Emma bashed a pencil against it). The tiger then made his entrance. Emma was quite excited and was happy to ‘high five’ him and tried to stroke him a few times. Daniel, however clung to me crying. He wasn’t impressed and was, under no circumstances, going to say hello to him!

We then moved through into the theatre itself and onto the stage for a reading of the book. The lady who read it is, I think, the Manager of the theatre and she was brilliant. The children were all really engaged and the tiger snuck around the stage, much to everyone’s delight. Daniel was super engaged in this and was even smiling and laughing at the tiger! tiger who came for tea

Afterwards we headed back into the main room and enjoyed a tea party (complete with jam sandwiches much to Daniel’s delight as he snaffled three of them!) and the tiger was on hand for more photographs.

We had a lovely day out at our tea party with a tiger and I can’t wait to go back to see the show in June with the children. When Damian came home and asked Daniel what we had done, Daniel said ‘saw a big tiger’ and ‘had food and jam sandwiches’ so I suspect when we head back in a few months time we will be having a picnic of jam sandwiches.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is on at the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool from 9th – 14th June 2015. Tickets can be purchased here. You can read more about the stage show here. It looks brilliant and I am so excited to be taking Daniel and Emma back in a few months time.

Have you taken your toddler to a stage show? How did it go? Any tips for when I go in June?

 

LarabeeUK

 

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10 Comments

  1. 19th February 2015 / 09:29

    My little one loves this book! I don’t think we will be able to make it to the show though which is a shame. Sounds like a lovely day. I think you have inspired me for an activity today though – reading the book and having a jam sandwich tea party!

    • 19th February 2015 / 14:30

      awww, thank you so much for commenting. Blogging is a strange world and you never know if anyone is reading let alone being inspired! I loved your tea party tweet 🙂 x

  2. 19th February 2015 / 21:16

    Lovely! I have taken Seb to the theatre a few times, the first couple of times he wasn’t keen on the sitting still/quiet for a period of time and got bored after 20 minutes or so but the last show we went to he loved. I wouldn’t take Alex just yet though as there is no way he would sit still for more than 5 minutes!

  3. 6th October 2015 / 13:04

    Looks like a brilliant time! My son loves this story and has a toy tiger he cuddles when he reads it! #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  4. 6th October 2015 / 21:14

    What a lovely opportunity! It looks like you had a lovely time and what a great show to see! I’d love to take the girls to something like this, tickets are just so expensive especially when ther are so many of us!

    • 7th October 2015 / 07:33

      yes it can be really expensive to go 🙁

  5. 12th October 2015 / 19:00

    I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read the tiger who came to tea. It’s on T’s book list but I’ve just never got round to borrowing/buying it. Looks as though you had a wonderful time though 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to #toddlerapprovedtuesday this week x

    • 13th October 2015 / 07:47

      I hadn’t read it either until we went to this!!

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