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Kids get critical

Published 6 September 2013

It’s long been thought that adults could learn a thing or two from paying more attention to the uncorrupted innocent knowledge dispensed from the mouths of babes. While I’d prefer we perhaps didn’t relinquish world power to toddlers or hand over the keys to the Royal Court full-time to tweens, this year’s Kids Week proved once again that children know a thing or two about theatre.

For the second year running the annual kids go free campaign offered theatre’s littlest fans the chance to give West End shows their unique feedback. From last year’s impressively simple yet pithy synopsis of The Phantom Of The Opera – “It’s a show about a man who had a bad face and was needing love” – to this year’s poetic praise of Stomp – “She played the drums so loud it made by chest beat like the drum” – we think Kids Weeks’ Critic’s Corner could give some of the National critics a run for their money.

This year’s pick were the best ever. While some may have had us in hysterics, without exception they all made us see shows we love in a whole new light. Take a look through the gallery above of just some of our favourite Critic’s Corner entries and enjoy the West End through the sometimes perceptive, always entertaining eyes of a child.

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