Last week, Alfie, Kitty and I were lucky enough to be invited to see a theatre production of George’s Marvellous Medicine at the fabulous Theatre Royal in Brighton. We battled there through the snow, and were really glad we had as we all enjoyed the show immensely. Of course, pretty much everyone is familiar with the story of George and his awful grandma who he hopes to transform with a magic potion. And transform her he does, although perhaps not in the way he wanted… This production, a collaboration between Curve Leicester and Rose Theatre Kingston, is great fun.
Visually arresting with catchy songs and a fair amount of audience participation, it was a big hit with both Kitty, 5, and Alfie, nearly nine, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it as well. Preston Nyman was engaging (and not cringey in the way that adults playing children often are) as George, while Lisa Howard was hilarious and awful (in a good way) as vile, demanding Grandma. The children loved it when she grew out of the top of the house and also adored the giant chicken. The Theatre Royal was a fantastic setting as always, and although the show has moved on from Brighton, you can still catch it in Torquay, Leeds, Southampton, Kingston, Oxford and LIverpool. We’d definitely recommend you do.