The Elves and the Shoemaker was one of my favourite fairy tales when I was a child.  I remember having the book and it was a story I was really fond of.  I was really exited when I found out that the story was coming to life at Lakeside Arts, and was really keen to share it with my 3 year old to see what she thought of it.


The performance was by Derby Theatre Company and Big Window Theatre company and they told the story of the poor old shoemaker and his wife who had no fire wood, bread or even presents to give at Christmas.  They had fallen on very hard times.

When they went to bed, 2 elves visited their shop, and set to work to turn things around for them.  They made the most ‘boofy’ pair of shoes that flew of the shoemaker’s shelves in time to cheer up their Christmas.

We really enjoyed this lively piece of story telling and my daughter was captivated throughout.  The elves were particularly lively and really captured her imagination.  It was a perfectly paced story for her to follow and I really enjoyed it too.  The story took me right back to my own childhood which made it even more enjoyable.

Lakeside Arts hosted another great children’s and families performance with The Elves and the Shoemaker, and it was lovely to see a traditional story come to life.  I think it’s time to add The Elves and the Shoemaker to our story collection again after seeing such a lovely show.

We were provided with complimentary tickets to see The Elves and the Shoemaker at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. We would have no problem recommending this performance to any families wishing to enjoy the theatre together.

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  1. This sounds fabulous. We love theatre, shows and pantomines and its one of my favourite things to do out! Angela x

  2. This sounds great, I went to the University of Nottingham, and this was such an amazing place! And isn’t the campus just beautiful.


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