On Saturday, The Derby Lots for Tots Editor - Laura, and her young family went to Derby Arena to see the best Panto around; Sleeping Beauty!
The Arena had once again been cleverly transformed into a fabulous theatre with tiered seating at the back and a ginormous glittering stage. The whole performance was a visual feast - a rainbow of light, luxurious costumes and sparkling scenery. The dialogue was clever and appealed to both children and grown ups. I particularly enjoyed the music and song choices - the cast all had excellent voices and harmonised really well - creating a really emotional atmosphere when they sang (Snow Patrol's 'Run' was particularly good).
My children really enjoyed the show and my 6yr old actually made himself hoarse from shouting too much 'it's behind you' etc. One of his favourite bits was being sprayed with water (me not so much - it was only a tiny bit of water I know!). Both really want to go and see it AGAIN!
Car parking at the Arena is £3 per car (unless prebooked). There is a full bar and you can get sweets and popcorn before the show and during the interval.
It is a long performance for little people so mine were ready for the interval and having seen other people eating were on a countdown for popcorn after the first 45 mins. Our performance was at 1.30 and we left the Arena at 4.30, but it actually didn't feel that long and they were surprised it was dark outside when it was time to go home!
Sleeping Beauty, is on at Derby Arena until Sat 8 Jan. Tickets are still available.
Production Images: Pamela Raith Photography
Coming to Derby Arena in 2022 - Aladdin!
Let Derby LIVE and Little Wolf Entertainment whisk you away for Christmas to the town of Shangri-La where the sorcerers are sinister, the caves full of surprises and the genies have been bottling things up for a bit.
Aladdin will be on stage at Derby Arena from Fri 9 Dec 2022 to Sat 31 Dec 2022 with new, lower-priced tickets starting at £18 for adults, £16 for children and a new under 5s price of just £10 for any performance.
Concessions, group, school and family tickets are available. Discounted early-bird tickets are on sale now, offering a saving of £2 when you book by 31 May 2022, helping you plan next year’s festive treat.
They also have a number of special access performances available:
It’s never too early to secure the best seats for next year’s festive family treat. Call the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800, pick seats online at derbylive.co.uk, or book in person at the Sales and Information Centre, Riverside Chambers, Full Street, Derby.