When I went: 14 July 2018
Location: The O2, London
Performers: The Muppets, Peter Davison, Adam Hills, Anthony Head
Creative team: The Muppets
Approximate price: £40
Special points: Nostalgia
Best bit: Anthony Head and Pepe the Prawn
If I could change one thing: Pacier
I find that most people who like The Muppets grew up watching and loving them (probably through Sesame Street). I didn’t actually know The Muppets at all until I was about 18, when I got introduced to the wonder that is Muppet Treasure Island (perhaps Tim Curry’s finest performance, on a par with his turn in The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Anyway, for most fans, they mean nostalgia and they want to see all the things you’d expect – Kermit and Miss Piggy arguing, the show going wrong, Kermit singing Rainbow Connection with a banjo sitting on a log, celebrity guests … this show had all that.
It wasn’t the paciest show I’ve ever seen and I think maybe it should have been shortened and the interval taken out, but given the wide age range maybe an interval was necessary. The best bit was Anthony Head trying to read a Wordsworth poem and descending into musical chaos with Pepe the Prawn. Obviously I was annoyed to not see the show on the night that David Tennant featured as Doctor Who, but Peter Davison is still a likeable stage presence.