From the moment Nellie Limelight appears from behind the curtain in the theatre foyer, she captivates the children. Even my shy, and too-clever-for-his-own-good 7-year-old was immediately gripped. Nellie received an anonymous letter and will need the children’s eager eyes, sharp ears and plenty of imagination to help her solve the mystery.

She takes everyone on a magical tour around the 200-year-old building of the Theatre Royal in Brighton. The children help her discover fairies, solve the mystery of the missing pterodactyl Terry and help Ollie the Oyster find his way home.

This is not your usual kind of show. To start, there is no stage! The acts are right amongst the children and are absolutely fantastic characters. They are easily able to incorporate the often hilariously, unplanned nature of children’s comments which sure gives the parents in the background a good giggle.

Nellie Limelight and the Oysters of Time is written by Stuart Warwick, directed by Joy Forsythe and designed by Abi Horn. Nellie Limelight is brought to life by Florence Leon’s funny, physical and quirky performance; and Karl Williams plays Bert, the theatre’s maintenance man who is a dab hand at creating time machines! He also plays Bert’s demanding, selfish and downright nasty sister Dame Battie Baubles.

The Verdict

My son’s verdict on the way home: “My favourite was Nellie because she was so funny!” And I have to say that I did enjoy this charming little show rather a lot myself because it is a little bit different. Seeing the children interact so naturally and be so at ease with the acts really was lovely.

Please note, that as the group travels around the theatre, there are stairs involved in this performance. I didn’t find this strenuous as it is not a constant “up and down” but they do offer adapted performances for those unable to use stairs. There are accessible and relaxed performances on 2nd January. Please contact the box office to find out more.

The show is running at Theatre Royal in Brighton until the 2nd January 2019 and is perfect for 4-7-year-olds. Find out more about the show here or book your Tickets here:

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** We received free tickets to come and review this show for you. As always, our review is completely impartial and honest.


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