Hilarious Little Red Riding Hood Musical Comes to Croydon, Perfect for Half-Round Fun
A brand new musical is coming to South London, and it should be fun for the whole family.
Funky Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Pigs is a pantomime musical mash-up, combining the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs with an original musical twist.
Written by acclaimed playwright Simon Downing and West End musical director Kevin Oliver Jones, the hour-long show at Carshalton’s Cryer Arts Theater follows Little Red Riding Hood as she goes on an adventure to get a Deliveroo at Granny.
Granny, however, is a karate legend and a huge fan of Jackie Chan and Jason Statham, which poses big problems for the grumpy Mr Wolf who is always on the hunt for his next meal.
Along the way, she meets three awesome little pigs: Ozzy the rock pig, Hank the country pig and Will.i.Ham, a hip-hop lover, who are constantly arguing over how to build their homes.
Annoyed after losing to Granny, Mr. Wolf sets his sights on those little pork chops – and even Little Red herself.
The show is presented by Theatre2U, a theater company set up during the lockdown to take small performances anywhere Covid restrictions allow, keeping the arts alive during this difficult past year for the theater.
The family and socially distant performances of Little Red Riding Hood and the Funky Three Pigs will take place on June 4 and 5, the perfect time for the mid-term break.
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Musician Kevin Oliver Jones told MyLondon he wanted to create a musical that is as entertaining for adults as it is for kids, so the whole family can enjoy an afternoon at the theater.
He said: “I noticed that a lot of children’s plays spoke a little to children and had no appeal to adults. The parents weren’t really interested once it started, they were on the phone.
“When I take my kids to see movies like Pixar, there’s enough for the adults, jokes that fly over the kids’ heads, so that the whole family ultimately enjoys them.
“So me and Simon, who I worked with for years as an actor and who is my partner at Theatre2U, we came up with the idea of Little Red Riding Hood and the Funky Three Pigs.
“We wanted to write it for adults, so there is enough for adults to enjoy while still keeping it kid-friendly.”
Kevin has compared the arguments and musical clashes of the Three Funky Pigs to the infamous Gallagher brothers’ feuds, and hopes parents will enjoy the humor of growing children, while kids will love the jokes about parents and uncool adults. who “ do not understand ”.
“It’s a cool, funky, modern tale with lots of bright colors, original songs I wrote, and enough for kids and adults to really have fun,” he says.
If that’s not enough live theater, after the second day of shows on June 5, there’s an adult evening performance of Blockbusters from the Movies by Theatre2U.
From 7pm, settle in for an evening of live music from classic 80s and 90s films, performed by West End stars on the Carshalton stage.
All performances are socially distant and “safe as houses,” Kevin said. Supporting theater where you can – from small local companies to big budget West End shows – helps keep the arts – a crucial part of what makes London a great cultural center – alive and vibrant.
Little Red Riding Hood and the Funky Three Pigs will take place at the Cryer Arts Theater in Carshalton on June 4 and 5. You can get tickets through the Little Red Riding Hood page at www.theatre2u.co.uk or on the venue’s website, cryerarts .co.uk.