If you live in or around Cardiff you will more than likely have heard about The Sherman Theatre - a fantastic place that helps develop and nurture Welsh and Wales based artists and provides a platform for them to showcase their productions in a professional and high production manner. We have been to this Theatre many times and have never been disappointed as it has something for everyone - amazing kids shows that are engaging and interactive to more serious dramatic and inspiring plays for a more adult audience.
This month we have been lucky enough to come along and review two very different productions that are currently running at The Sherman, the first being The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and the second being The Princess and the Pea.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
I have always loved CS Lewis fantastical stories of Narnia and other far flung lands so I was very excited to see this well known story adapted for the stage. The age recommendation for this was 7yrs and upwards although we did take Mr A who is 5 1/2 years as he loves the theatre and had a loose understanding of the story beforehand and throughly enjoyed it from start to finish although there are quite dark parts of it so for children who are slightly nervous I would perhaps not bring them along.
I would also like to say what a talented cast of 11 including all of which did a brilliant job in bringing their characters alive and took us through the journey of friendship, bravery and at heart a story of good prevailing over evil, bringing hope and spring to a land of winter, including a little cameo from Santa.
This is a real winter warming show that captures this time of the year perfectly in all it's festive glory. It runs until the 31st December and would make a great night out for families with tickets ranging from £15-25 and under 25s go half price.
The Princess and the Pea
We have always enjoyed the kids shows at The Sherman as you never know what to expect as they are always full of fun, laughter and beautiful sets. This was also Baby G's first time to the Sherman and he sat watching intently through the whole production, as did all the kids, who were captured by the storytellers.
This is a beautiful musical comedy retelling of a well known fairytale and is very gentle and perfect for the younger members of your family and if you stuck for something to do this Christmas or you want to escape the rain this would make a great day out and you won't be disappointed. This performance ha showings that are in English or Welsh all at family friendly times of the day and tickets are £8 and it's running until the 2nd of January.
We highly recommend both of these productions and you won't be disappointed from the cast to the wardrobe and stage production professionalism oozes from these shows and it's fantastic to see such amazing homegrown talent.