Fantastic Mr Fox is a fantastic night out for all the family. The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith is cosy and comfortable, with a modern welcome area and great all-round facilities. The performance is a creative and fun musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved book, which follows the adventures of a tracksuited Mr Fox (Greg Barnett) and his goofy friends on their quests to find food and escape from danger. You’ll be delighted by the full woodland posse featuring Rabbit, Mouse, Badger, Mole and of course the Fox family, who all lead unique and silly personalities.
Overall, it really was a family friendly show with everyone in giggles throughout. One of the very invested children sat behind me spent the whole interval break reciting some of the stand-alone jokes. Its catchy numbers will have you have you tapping your feet on the tube home.
The use of space in the production was a great spectacle and the centre piece (Mr Fox’s family burrow under the tree) contained most of the action in an interactive way, with many surprises. The production used a great palette of popping colours, which was very eye catching.
Many aspects of the production's clever use of lighting, such as heavy fog lights shining from above, brought the audience underground with the characters. The opening barbershop quartet of birds prosperously sets the vibe and beat of the story, with continued lively percussion from the theatre band.
Richard Arwill’s duo of performances as Farmer Bean and Mr Rat, stole the show. Mr Rat, a greedy, sinister and smug character, could also be described as totally ‘gazeboed’ on Cider, befriends and then betrays Mr Fox during his quest to escape from the farmers food store. The energy in his performance and singing was compelling and this still sticks in my mind.
The story highlights many of the ups and downs of marriage and friendship. Mr Fox’s references to his wife's pregnancy may not sit well with some of the Mumsnet crowd at first, but at least it's she that comes out on top - it's Mrs Fox who saves the day.
Mumsnet was provided tickets to see Fantastic Mr. Fox free of charge in exchange for this review. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are independent, honest and my own.