Peppa Pig’s Surprise Live Show at Cardiff’s New Theatre – A Review

Peppa Pig’s Suprise

We have had an action packed half term so far which has been great! On Wednesday we were invited to review the new Peppa Pig stage show – Peppa Pig’s Surprise at the New Theatre in Cardiff. JB was SUPER excited as was everyone else there! Peppa Pig is just so popular and there were a lot of pre-schoolers who couldn’t wait to see her in real life!

peppa pig's surprise review

The show was brought alive with the addition of a human character called Daisy who was so bright and energetic that you couldn’t help but love her! She really engaged the little ones in the audience, playing your traditional ‘she’s behind you’ games, singing along to songs from the show and going on a puddle hunt. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig were played by actors in costumes and the smaller characters such as Peppa, George and Suzy were like big puppets being manipulated by people dressed in black. I thought this would be weird at first but it actually worked as the ‘puppeteers’ danced and sung and were involved themselves.

The whole theatre was absolutely buzzing with excited little ones and the look on JB’s face was simply priceless – she was mesmerised! Bean who is 8 tried very hard to look uninterested but she was on the edge of her seat several times!! The show was brilliant for pre-school age as it was lively, fun and interactive. There wasn’t a moment to get bored and it didn’t matter at all that little ones didn’t stay in their seats so it was easy for parents to relax and not worry about them sitting still for 90 minutes. I particularly liked the part where they go rock pooling and very brightly coloured sea creatures appear on the stage as I think this would have been great for younger children as it was so bright and colourful.

The story was based on a surprise trip to the seaside that Daddy Pig organised for Peppa and George and their friends come too! There were many familiar sights from the TV show – Teddy and Dinosaur of course, Peppa and George’s bedroom complete with bunk beds and also the little red car. JB was delighted and kept pointing out the bits she recognised – it really brought the TV show alive for her.

There was an interval halfway through which I felt was a little long as it went on for nearly half an hour. We chose to stay in our seats rather than battle the crowds so JB was very impatient for the show to start again. On the plus side though it did give people plenty of time to take children to the toilet and grab an ice cream.

Is your little one into Peppa Pig? The show is now touring the country, it’s bound to be at a theatre near you soon – check out the tour dates here.

Disclosure – we were given complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own. 



  1. October 30, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Peppa Pig seems to be one of the most loved children’s programmes of the moment – so cool little fans can see it live! x

  2. October 30, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    The New Theatre is wonderful and I can’t wait until Bear is a little older and can take him. I love the fact that Bean tried to not be amused!

  3. October 30, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    My Toddler has just discovered a love for Peppa Pig. To be honest I’m pleased as it means bloody Upsy Daisy is losing favour. Finally. This show looks awesome. Hopefully it is playing near me soon.

  4. October 30, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    I’m sad I just missed the Peppa Pig craze as it looks like a really great TV show! Fantastic idea to turn it into a performance, I’m sure it’s really popular with the kids 🙂

  5. October 30, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Oh we LOVE Peppa Pig – and the back to back shows on Nick Too through half term. Pickle would love to see this show. Kaz x

  6. October 30, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Despite my kids’ ages I think the pair of them would both quite happily sit down to a live performance of Peppa Pig!

  7. October 30, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    It was such a fab show, wasn’t it? My three loved it, although I agree with your point about the interval! I did look out for you but couldn’t see you anywhere! x

  8. October 31, 2015 / 11:02 am

    Oh my goodness, my Son would love this! He’s such a Peppa pig fan x

  9. October 31, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    We went too on Wednesday. Eva had a fab time. She lived Daisy, in fact that’s all she’s talked about since the show and keeps asking where Daisy is when she watches it on the TV. It was a fab show however, I think the new theatre need to sort out the chaos of the foyer x

  10. October 31, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    My twin nephews have just turned one and are obsessed with Peppa Pig and Oink seems to be the answer to every question x

  11. October 31, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    Thankfully I am over the peppa pig days. I’m sure if I took my two, they would have loved it.

  12. Emma Page
    November 1, 2015 / 2:20 am

    I am not sure I have ever met a child who didn’t like Peppa Pig! Penny loves watching on TV, but not sure she’d be old enough to appreciate it live just yet sadly. Glad you guys had fun x

  13. November 1, 2015 / 9:50 am

    Aw my little sister is obsessed with Peppa Pig so she would love to see it live when are they coming to London?

  14. November 1, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Looks great, thankfully my kids are over peppa pig now, but they would have loved this show.

  15. November 1, 2015 / 11:17 am

    I think the idea of taking such young children to the theatre is fantastic. Hopefully it will foster a love of live theatre.

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