Review: Cat in the Hat

We love Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat the book and it was one of the earliest books W and I bought for Q. That’s why parents like us buy Dr Seuss’ stuff for our kids, so we can also (re)read the whole series again.

Anyway, The Cat in the Hat was showing and we were most excited to take Q to catch it. Of course, to prepare we re read the book again. Q has been watching The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about that and has become very well acquainted with Nick, Sally, Thing 1, Thing 2 and the ever so cool Thinga-ma-jigger; so he was all well excited to go.

The show itself was basically a staged version of the book, with a voiceover reading out the book and characters dressed up- with complete blue hair for Thing 1 and Thing 2, full cat suit for The Cat…etc… It wasn’t the cleverest of theatre work, but seeing as the bulk of the audience were preschoolers, it was ok. The actors presented the book well- clear diction, clear delivery and over-the-top acting. They even brought in the Thinga-ma-jigger at which point, my son clapped like it was New Years Day.

The whole show was about 40 mins long which made for a great telling of the book but the $25 per ticket price tag a little expensive by preschool theatre standards. But in any case, when the show ended, Q all out declared: Bravo!

From the Sistic website: Based on the all-time favourite book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat has been developed into a magically witty play by Britain’s National Theatre which will be faithfully reproduced by SRT’s The Little Company.

If you have ever read a Dr. Seuss book, you will love this production of The Cat In The Hat. Every Dr. Seuss story is a lesson in grammar, syntax, scansion, phonics, morality, ethics, tolerance and the human spirit.

Sally and her brother get a surprise visit from The Cat in the Hat. With his endless tricks and whacky ideas, he certainly turned a dull rainy afternoon into one amazing adventure. 

Joined by the twin mischief-makers, Thing 1 and Thing 2, The Cat in the Hat promises to be a purr-fect day out for both children and parents alike!


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