Review: Mr Popper’s Penguins

I love Fridays. Not only is it my day off from work – I also get to have one-on-one time with M.

We are very lucky to have The Rose Theatre, Kingston right on our doorstep so when we were invited to go see Mr Popper’s Penguins we were very excited.

Mr Popper's Penguins review

Based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater which was then adapted into the film starring Jim Carey. Mr Popper’s Penguins tells the story of Mr Popper who is a painter/decorator by day and dreams of adventures in the arctic. One day, he receives a surprise package and in it – a penguin!

At Rose Theatre waiting to watch Mr Poppers Penguins @rosetheatre @poppers_penguins

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The duration of the show is 55 minutes long and is recommended for children ages 3+. M turns 3 next month but he had no problem sitting still for the performance. It was thoroughly entertaining and funny, and although you could see the penguins were controlled by the actors on stage it did not detract from the story or performance at all.

The performances from the four actors were fantastic and there were many laughs from us adults –  as well as the children in the audience. The best part by far was the penguins big routine, M’s face lit up watching it and there were a good few belly laughs from him too.

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Mr Popper’s Penguins is great entertainment for the whole family and will warm your hearts – even in this chilly weather! It is on at The Rose Theatre, Kingston until Sunday 17 January.

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The Rose Theatre has many visiting shows that visit throughout the year and more often than not there is always something family friendly on offer. I’ve been to see some amazing adaptions such as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and What The Ladybird Heard to name but a few.

There are some great upcoming shows –  The Gruffalo’s Child (the follow on from The Gruffalo) runs from 16-21 February and The Witches by Roald Dahl runs from 23 March – 10 April.

We received tickets to Mr Popper’s Penguins in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


  1. Donna Wishart

    I had an invite to this but couldn’t make it. I think the kids would have loved it! x

  2. Something Crunchy Mummy

    Aw this looks and sounds great! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  3. Pictures are great! Looks fab x
    Thanks for linking up with #justanotherlinky

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