When my family walked into the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, I got excited right away. The stage is in the center of the room, with seating on all sides. Just a few rows circle the stage. That means every seat is a great seat! This theatre in the round setup was a new experience for us. Read on for our review of the newest show to come to the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire!
The Princess and the Pea at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire
We were invited to attend this performance to share our experiences; all opinions are my own.
About The Princess and the Pea
This version of the Princess and the Pea feels very different from the Hans Christian Andersen original. Told as a tale of true love outsmarting a broken system, it is set in a kingdom holding an elaborate contest to find a princess for its prince. The play nods to reality television and dating shows and it ups the silliness level with campy costumes and characters.
Conniving Queen Evermean and bumbling Princess Buffy are played big and loud. The whole audience booed their badness. Kindhearted reader Ruth is the heroine. She and quiet writer Prince Wellington find true love outside the contest, but she must play and win it to marry her prince. The queen sneaks a pea under a stack of mattresses in the final test of the competition, which was the only scene that felt familiar.
We didn’t mind the changes to the story. It felt fresh and fun. The message was that a person’s character is more important than being a real princess.
Best Ages for The Princess and the Pea
The one-hour show was the right length for my three- and seven-year old kids. This production would be fun for kids aged three to ten. The scenes are fast and the plot moves quickly to keep the attention of little audience members.
This is a musical with fun original songs in nearly every scene. Between scenes, videos from the fictional kingdom play on large screens on the back walls. We had something to watch at all times and lots of opportunities to clap enthusiastically.
Seeing The Princess and the Pea with Kids
The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire is a bit farther from our house in the western suburbs than we usually travel for activities, but it was straight up 294 and just a couple turns off the highway. On a Saturday morning, it was an easy drive. I would happily do it again.
Parking is free and right in front of the entrance. We arrived half an hour early and had plenty of time to walk around a bit. My big kid loved the chandeliers in the lobby. The restrooms were located down long hallways far from the theatre and into the adjoining hotel. It was far enough that I wouldn’t have felt comfortable letting my bigger kid go unaccompanied. We went as a family before finding our seats.
Concessions are available and allowed in the theater. We didn’t purchase any, but probably should have! It was nearly lunchtime when we left and my three-year old was headed toward hangry by the very end. Even so, we stayed for the question and answer session after the performance . . . and I’m glad we did. It gave my kids insight into the play and how it was made.
Children in the audience asked great questions, and the actors were gracious and thoughtful in answering them. We learned that the entire cast had only ten days to rehearse together before opening the show! They do the Q&A after every children’s show and it’s a real bonus.
We all enjoyed the experience. My three-year old declared it, “Good, very good.” My seven-year old though it was “cool,” and she liked that the heroine loves books and has brown hair just like she does.
Tickets and Showtimes at the Marriott Theatre
Performances of the Princess and the Pea are running now through April 19, 2020 at 10:00am many weekdays and most weekends at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. There are 12:30pm shows on a couple select dates as well. You can find tickets online — or get a great deal on this show on our half-price tickets page! Children under two may sit in the lap of a ticketed adult for free.
For more live theater performances for kids, check out our winter theater for kids guide!