Right royal treat with Ben and Holly

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom
Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

CHILDRENS’ favourites Ben and Holly can be seen - live on stage for the first time - when their tour reaches Nottingham’s Theatre Royal on January 19-20.

From the makers of Peppa Pig and the producers of the two hugely successful Peppa Pig theatre tours comes the first ever stage version of the BAFTA award-winning TV animation, Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom.

Currently a favourite show for pre-schoolers, this charmingly magical animation airs on Nick Jr (since April 2009) and on 5’s Milkshake (since April 2010).

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is co-owned by animation studio Astley Baker Davies and has been a hit with audiences and critics alike. The series won a BAFTA award for Best Pre-School Animation in 2009 and a British Animation Award for Best Pre-School Series in 2012.

The Little Kingdom – where everyone is very, very small – is home to Princess Holly and her best friend Ben Elf. Holly is a young fairy princess who is still learning how to do magic properly and sometimes her spells don’t work out quite right. Ben is an Elf. Elves don’t do magic but they are very good at making things. Ben doesn’t have wings like Holly but he flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird.

In this exciting new musical adventure, Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston clean up his messy cave; they go on a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum; and still have time to plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with an unplanned jelly flood.

Packed full of games, songs and laughter, this is an enchanting and magical visit to the Little Kingdom, live on stage for the very first time. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family.

Richard Lewis has adapted the TV animation for the stage and also directs. He also adapted and directed the two highly popular Peppa Pig theatre tours (2009 – 2011 and the current tour 2011 – 2012, both of which had sell-out West End Christmas runs at the Criterion Theatre) and the two LazyTown Live! tours (2007–2009).

The composer is the highly talented Mani Svavarsson. He was also part of the creative team on the two Peppa Pig stage tours.

The actors will wear masks in this production, created by Russell Dean, artistic director of Strangeface Theatre Company.

Russell worked for a number of years with the award-winning Trestle Theatre Company as their designer and mask-maker. Other theatre credits include commissions for the long-running West End musical Billy Elliott and the Old Vic’s Bridge Project.

For television, he created masks for music groups such as the SugaBabes and Oasis as part of an ITV promotion for the Brit Awards in 1998. The masks he created of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to promote Channel 4’s The Deal were also featured on the front cover of Private Eye.

Tickets are £11.50-£13.50 and are available by calling the box office 0115 9895555.