The little pig with the big opinions is back on stage with a new show and my two Peppa Pig enthusiasts were beyond excited to be in the audience as the theatrical run of Peppa Pig’s Surprise arrived at the Sydney Opera House this week.

Peppa and friends are three stops into their national tour, which runs until 20 July 2018, with stops across Australia from the big cities to a host of smaller towns. It is quite the production, with a wonderful musical element moving the action forward, simple yet brilliant scenery and staging, and life-size models of the characters we are so used to watching on our televisions.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise sees Peppa’s friend, Daisy – a by-now staple of the Peppa Live franchise – rallying Peppa and her family and friends in a game of hide n seek, bathtime and bed and their favourite pastime of jumping up and down in muddy puddles. Daisy is also there to partake in the surprise arranged by Mummy and Daddy Pig, who are the only two characters presented in costume as opposed to model form; a change from previous Peppa stage outings which I particularly enjoyed.

The family’s little red car makes an appearance as do many much-loved moments from the TV show itself which really adds to the audience’s participation and enjoyment of the live performance. This is our third experience of Peppa Pig on stage and I have to admit that Peppa Pig’s Surprise is our favourite so far. From the evolution of the way the characters are presented on stage to the storyline and the scenery; there are so many elements to capture children’s imagination and whisk them away into the world of Peppa, George, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and Pedro Pony.

I kept glancing over at my 6 year old and 3 year old whose faces were just mesmerised by the action on stage. They took so much pleasure in joining in with the moments that called for audience participation, shouting out for Daisy to locate Peppa et al during hide n seek, spotting the Red Monkey from the book of the same name in Peppa and George’s bedroom and getting up to dance and mimic the actions demonstrated by the cast.

Unsurprisingly Peppa Pig’s Surprise was a hit with my littles and certainly with their peers in the Playhouse this morning. If you haven’t booked tickets  yet, make sure you do because I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Summary

What: Peppa Pig’s Surprise

When: 28 April – 20 July 2018

Where: Venues across Australia (see the website for details: https://www.peppapigliveaus.com/)

Who: Suitable for all ages

Duration: 55 minutes approx.

Cost: Ticket prices vary according to venue

Merchandise: There is a variety of merchandise on sale, including clothing, toys and gadgets.

For tickets to the remaining Playhouse, Sydney Opera House performances:

When: 2-6 May 2018

Tickets: $44.90 (plus $8.50 booking fee)

Show Times: Daily performances at 10am, 12pm and 2pm

Pram Parking: Available next to the cloakroom

Parking: Book a Bay with Wilson Parking for the Opera House carpark ahead of time for only $10.50 or $16 for one hour if you park and pay on the day.

Getting There: The closest train station to the Opera House is Circular Quay which is also serviced by Sydney’s ferries and numerous bus services.

Facilities: Toilets are located on either side of the mezzanine level on which the Playhouse is located.