Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Break for Freedom; You Can Do a Posh London Theatre Weekend with Kids. ZOE CHAMBERLAIN Explains How

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Break for Freedom; You Can Do a Posh London Theatre Weekend with Kids. ZOE CHAMBERLAIN Explains How

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Byline: ZOE CHAMBERLAIN

AS William and Kate will now know only too well, a fancy weekend break you'd have loved as a couple begins to fill you with dread when you have two young children.

But we found a stay in a boutique hotel in Belgravia and an off West End show really hit the mark for the four of us.

We went to see The Twits at The Royal Court on London's Sloane Square. It was an exhilarating, action-packed performance, with vile Mr and Mrs Twit delighting the audience just as much as disgusting them.

'Mischievously adapted' by Enda Walsh, the show featured most of the hilarious scenes from Roald Dahl's classic book - think worm spaghetti, the shrinks and glass eyeballs in beer mugs - but also added in a whole new tale of its own.

It featured a travelling circus who had been tricked by the devilish couple and who help the hapless caged monkeys seek their revenge.

The set was fantastic, with a stage that rotated like a hamster wheel and a garden with gypsy caravan that really transported you into the lives of this terrible duo.

Jason Watkins and Monica Dolan were magnificent as Mr and Mrs Twit. He reminded me of the late great Rik Mayall and she was mesmerising, so entertaining it was hard to take your eyes off her even when she wasn't centre stage.

The age recommendation is seven plus but our two - aged six and eight - loved every moment and didn't find it disturbing.

Everything at The Royal Court is geared for kids, from booster seats to a Twit-themed kids menu in the theatre cafe. We enjoyed Muggle Wump smoothies which came with a special 'glass eye garnish', edible for those who dared!

We stayed overnight at Belgraves, a Thompson hotel right in the heart of Belgravia and literally a stone's throw from the theatre.

It meant we were able to amble through the beautiful Kensington streets, ogling the multi-million pound mansion blocks rather than having to rush the children around on the Tube.

The boutique hotel is stunning, and our boys were made to feel as welcome as we were, especially by the reception and restaurant staff, who made an effort to talk to them directly. …

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