With Covid causing lockdowns, it’s been a while since we’ve visited the theatre. Our previous experiences were the Tiger Who Came to Tea, Twirlywoos and Stickman. So when a chance to watch ‘What the ladybird heard’ live at the Palace Theatre at a discount via Travelzoo, tickets were booked! The cow said “Moo!” and the hen said “Cluck!” “Hiss!” said the goose. “Quack” said the duck. … But the ladybird said never a word.

Date Visited: Sunday, 8th August 2021 – 1pm show

Location:  Palace Theatre – 113 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5AY

Getting There: Close to Underground stations Leicester Square and Covent Garden, with plenty of buses servicing the route too. We trained it to Charing Cross and walked up.

Cost: With the Travelzoo special, tickets for the more premium seats were discounted to £12.50, with all other seats were £9.50.

What the ladybird heard    


What the Ladybird Heard live is currently showing in London at the Palace Theatre until the end of August before touring nationally. After noticing discounted tickets on Travelzoo, I thought it’d be a great time to head back to have some fun at the theatre. The process to purchase tickets was simple, but we wanted to make sure we had some nice seats as we had never been to the Palace Theatre before. A good way to check is inspecting sites like Seat Plan and Theatre Monkey to see photos of what particular seats are like before booking. We opted for the Stalls, row M. 

We made another day out in the West End by popping in to Chinatown earlier for some dim-sum lunch. After finishing some prawn dumplings and egg tarts, we made the 2 minute walk over. There is also a 10am session for those who wish to watch an earlier session. Held at the same theatre as Harry Potter’s show, it was great to see lots of other families lining up for What the Ladybird Heard Live. A quick bag inspection, ticket scan and check-in of Cara’s scooter to the cloakroom, we made our way to the seats.

What the ladybird heard selfie What the ladybird heard view

Apologies for the slightly dodgy photos! As the Stall seats aren’t tiered, be sure to grab a booster seat for the little ones to ensure they get the best view possible. Our seats had unrestricted views but you never know whether a 6-foot parent will sit in front of you. It was almost like we were back to normal, pre-Covid days. No social distancing. The only remnant of it was all adults were requested to keep masks on for the duration of the performance. 

Cow says ‘Moo!’…

We had only read Julia Donaldson’s sequel ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’, so wasn’t quite sure what the story was about. Once it started, the performance was entertaining and interactive. If you look like Lanky Len, you might be called up to the stage! All the performers are multi-talented, triple-threats – acting, singing and playing instruments. There’s lot of audience participation and comedy which keeps the kids engaged, has a pantomime feel to it. Plenty of songs as well!

Cara enjoyed the show and was happy to participate with all the shouting and singing. The show runs for an hour so not too long for the kids. I thought it was entertaining with a higher level of fun compared to the other ones. 

After the show, Cara was feeling peckish again so we headed back to Chinatown for some bubble tea and popped in for some fried rice and sweet and sour pork. Lovely way to finish off the day.


Burn Time: 4 out of 5 – Another day filler from morning to evening. Although the performance is only an hour, you can make an entire day out of it.
Value: 3 out of 5 –
Similar to the others, a day out in London will always cost you a few bob. Tickets were about £37.50, lunch and dinner about £80.  
Overall: 4 out of 5 –
Any day that is filled with Cara’s smile is a great day in my book! 

What else should we watch? Let us know in the comments below.