Stick Man at the Leicester Square Theatre: My 2023 Review


Good Morning Lovelies, 

If I was to say the line, “I am not a Stick, I am Stick Man,” would you know what I am talking about? If you don’t then you definitely need to find out all about it. A few Christmas’ ago, the BBC adapted the world famous book, Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson on TV. It was the cutest show I watched all of the festive season. I think I watched it about three or four times on catch up after it was aired. I simply loved the magic of watching it come alive. 

So, when on a trip to London over the weekend, I couldn’t help but be incredibly grateful when I was given the opportunity to watch it on stage along with my family and friends. With two adults and two children taking to the Leicester Square Theatre, we were quick to settle in to the 55 minute show. 

Just a few minutes away from Leicester Square tube station, the theatre is cosy and comfortable. There is enough room for lots of families, which on the day there were many of. With such a short run time for the average show, it is a great first step into the West End world. The littlest one in our group was able to hold her attention throughout, laughing and cheering when everyone else did. As for older children, they were also really impressed and entertained. I count myself as one of these aha! 

With three shows every day, the production is beautifully done, with gorgeous set pieces and script. The whole set up allows for your childhood mind to return and for childlike wonder to sparkle when it comes to the younger ones. As actors take to the stage to perform, you find yourself watching them take on many different roles, which I worried would confuse the little ones, however, they were gripped throughout and took it in their stride. Something I feel was helped by the beautiful music, which is the same as the feature length TV adaptation. 

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about watching the show, as I was such a fan of the TV film. Yet, I was so happy with what I watched that I couldn't help but be in awe of it. I wanted to share the glory of the different forms the actors took. The festive beauty of the stage settings and characters, who flowed through each season easily. The way everyone laughed at the joyful innocent moments being displayed on stage. It was truly magical. Especially before Christmas! 

Overall, I would definitely recommend the show for everyone to enjoy at Christmas or not. It is a beautiful, light hearted piece, which whilst not having all the glitz and glamour of a big production, is just as powerful as one. I hope that those who wish to see it do, because you will remember it forever. Plus, when you watch the TV adaptation afterwards, it feels even more special. 

Check it out before it ends at the Leicester Square Theatre on the 2nd January 2024 lovelies by heading to their website! You will all want to be a part of the Stick family after seeing it! 

Joey X

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