Hey Duggee at the Royal Festival Hall

Hey Duggee Tickets

Royal Festival Hall, London
Booking to 8 January 2023
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Hit CBeebies show Hey Duggee is coming to London!

Be part of the hit CBeebies show and join Duggee and the Squirrels in this vibrant interactive production bursting with music, puppets and barrels of laughs.

Hey Duggee: The Live Theatre Show is going to be huge fun! Betty wants to make costumes, Happy wants to sing, Tag wants to make music, Norrie wants to dance, Roly wants jelly and they all want you to join them at the Clubhouse.

The BBC and Studio AKA TV series Hey Duggee has won no fewer than six BAFTAs and multiple EMMYs, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see Duggee live on stage in this new production of the much-loved show.

It’s time for a Duggee hug!

Hey Duggee runs from the 14 December 2022 to 8 January 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

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Who is in the cast of Hey Duggee?

Hey Duggee stars Benedict Hastings (Zog, We’re Going on a Bear HuntWolf Hall) as the loveable TV character Duggee and the show’s narrator.

The Squirrels will be played by Jane Crawshaw as Norrie (Doctor Dolittle), Kaidyn Niall Hinds as Happy (Marty And The Party), Clarke Joseph-Edwards as Roly (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Vinnie Monachello as Tag (Bedknobs And Broomsticks), and Sarah Palmer as Betty (Oi Frog & Friends! Live).

Joining them at the Clubhouse will be Lunga Anele-Skosana (The Witches) playing Mrs Weaver, Hennie, Chew Chew and more, with understudies including Charlie Daniells (His Dark Materials), Elliott Samuels and Shakira Alleyne.

Who are the creative team of Hey Duggee?

The show has been adapted for the stage by Vikki Stone and Matthew Xia, with Vikki as musical supervisor for the production and Matthew as director.

Completing the creative team are Puppet designer/puppetry director Yvonne Stone, puppet co-designer Daisy Beattie, lighting designer Ciarán Cunningham, set and costume designer Jacqueline Trousdale, projection designer George Reeve, sound designer Rob Bettle, choreographer Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe and associate director Helena Middleton.


Reviews of Hey Duggee

★★★★ "A joyous piece of family entertainment" - TimeOut
★★★★ "Hey Duggee on stage proves a delight" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "Hey Duggee Live delivers" - What's On Stage

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 8 January 2023
Age restrictions
No restrictions - suitable for all ages
Running time
55 minutes (no interval)
Performance days
Matinees: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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Important Notes

All children aged over 12 months need a ticket to see the show. Children aged under 12 months at the time of the performance who can sit on their parent or carer’s lap do not need a ticket.
The performances on Wed 21 Dec at 2.30pm, and Thu 29 Dec at 11am are British Sign Language interpreted (BSL). The shows on Wed 28 Dec at 2.30pm and Thu 5 Jan at 11am are Relaxed Performances.


Venue Information

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube or Train: Embankment Station (District Line, Circle Line); Waterloo Station (Jubilee Line, Northern Line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1
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Interview: The creators of Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show
Hit kids' show Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show is now playing at the Royal Festival Hall in London (until 8 January 2023). The show has opened to great reviews from the critics, and here we meet the show's creators - Matthew Xia and Vikki Stone, who chat about their love for Hey Duggee and how they’ve adapted the hit TV series into the hit new stage show. “When the producer Kenny Wax first approached me, he said: ‘I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Hey Duggee…’, and I said it’s one of my favourites,” explained Matthew, also the live show’s director. “My daughter was born in 2014, the same year Hey Duggee started, so we’ve really grown up with the show.” By contrast, Vikki, who is also the live show’s musical supervisor and arranger, hadn’t seen a single episode: “I didn’t know Hey Duggee at all when I was approached. So, I spent a long time getting very closely acquainted with the show, and now I love it! “I very quickly got pulled into it and caught up in the world of Duggee, the Squirrels and their friends. It’s very funny and full of joy and laughs. “And I very soon realised how special Hey Duggee is, that it sits in the realm of co-viewing; the adults are watching it with their children, not just putting it on to entertain them while they’re doing something else.” Clarke Joseph-Edwards, Vinnie Monachello, Sarah Palmer, Benedict Hastings, Lunga Anele-Skosana, Jane Crawshaw and Kaidyn Niall Hinds in Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show. Photo by James Watkins So how did they tackle creating Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show? “The first day, Matthew and I sat in an office and had our own lists of our favourite bits – and we had chosen a lot of the same things,” Vikki explained. Matthew said: “Kenny had given us pretty much free reign. That also made the challenge even greater. Taking 156 episodes, each one seven minutes long, and turning them into a complete theatrical experience for children. “Series one and two I knew really well – I’d seen those episodes a lot. Any parent knows what it’s like! So, I kind of knew where the hits were. “We had to keep the big format of the show, you know – where the narrator says to the Squirrels ‘Do you know what time it is?’. That’s the start of the adventure, and that had to be the same on stage.” Matthew and Vikki have a wealth of experience between them as co-adaptors. As well as working in theatre, Matthew was known as DJ Excalibah – and was in the original line-up on BBC Radio 1Xtra, as well as DJing for the London Paralympic Games opening ceremony. Alongside her work as a composer and musician, Vikki is also a stand-up comedian. She made history earlier this year as the first female musical director of a house band on UK television in more than 20 years, with her appearance on ITV’s Romeo And Duet. Matthew and Vikki have also worked closely with the TV show’s creator Grant Orchard and the rest of the team behind Hey Duggee at Studio AKA, in creating the live experience. “It has been really interesting working alongside the Hey Duggee TV team,” Vikki said. “Duggee is effectively Grant’s baby. “They are new to theatre and are amazed at what we can do that TV can’t, or how we translate things from TV into a live setting. “With the animated series, the script has to be locked in and cannot be altered from that point. The dialogue is recorded, and then it’s animated to fit. Whereas, in theatre it’s almost the opposite – we can tweak the script all the way through the process.” With more than 150 episodes to pull from, and the freedom of creativity, what can fans of Hey Duggee expect from the live theatre show? “We had to think about what an audience member would want and expect to see from Hey Duggee on stage; badges, songs, jokes, in-gags,” Vikki said. “It’s all there.” “Essentially, we have created a big quest story,” Matthew added. “That Narrator’s voice has been really important, it’s that big question setting up each episode: ‘Hey, Duggee, what are you doing?’. “Without spoiling it, the Squirrels have never been to a show before, and they set out to learn about all the things that go into making a show and earn the relevant badges. “We’ve brought in some of our favourite Hey Duggee stars to help the Squirrels – Mrs Weaver, Hennie and Chew Chew, who I can mention, as well as several more that I can’t… And the children and families in the audience are very much going to be part of the Squirrel gang. They will have important things to do!” Some of the biggest moments in Hey Duggee have been marked by music. One recent example is The Welcome Badge special – where the Squirrels welcome Ukrainian cartoon characters Mavka and Swampy the Kittyfrog to the Clubhouse with a special song to make them feel more at home in the UK. “We were spoilt for choice with the songs!” Vikki said. “I wanted to treat Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show as a musical, where the songs could move the story along – and the songs we’ve pulled from the TV series do that brilliantly. [ngg src="galleries" ids="982" display="slideshow"] “We’ve taken those songs, added harmonies and dance breaks, made them longer, done all the things which would make them work for stage rather than TV. “And there is a brand-new song, unique to the stage show, which is just fantastic.” Since bursting onto TV screens in 2014, the hit Studio AKA production with BBC Studios and CBeebies has won no fewer than seven BAFTAs and is an international Emmy award-winning hit. And since the tour was initially announced in June 2022, a further 13 venues – and more than 100 additional shows, have been added to the schedule, such is the popularity of the CBeebies show. What do Matthew and Vikki think makes Hey Duggee so popular? “There are so many brilliant references in it, for the adults, and then this exceptionally strong look and style that’s so instantly recognisable,” said Matthew. “When adults enjoy a kids’ programme, that’s a very sweet spot to hit. “Hey Duggee as a TV show is just so playful. It’s really non-judgemental in a most beautiful way – just as children are.” Vikki adds: “There is a lot of activity in the Duggee world that just exists, with the wonderfully subtle light touch. “You know, Happy is a crocodile and his parents are elephants. You see that in the show’s titles, and straight from the off it is subtly stating that families come in all shapes. But there’s never any question or issue made of it. “There’s so much social commentary within the show, but it all just ‘is’. The modes of transport that the Squirrels come to the Clubhouse in, where they travel from, it’s all there but without any fuss. “The TV show is just so brilliantly inclusive, without being virtue signalling – and that’s a beautiful thing for children and families.” Have they felt the pressure of recreating such a well-loved TV show? “I do feel slightly petrified of letting people down, as Hey Duggee is such a very special TV programme,” Matthew said. “It’s a huge responsibility to take such well-known characters and to meet all the expectations. “Added to that, for many of the children coming to Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show it will be their first theatrical experience. How exciting is that? “I can’t wait to see the children’s responses – that’s why I make theatre, to see the effect it has on audiences. “The biggest thing I want to achieve though is that children leave the theatre and say ‘I can’t wait to go back!’.” Quick Fire Questions Favourite Hey Duggee moment MATTHEW – In The Super Squirrel Badge, the Squirrels are naming their superhero characters. Norrie says something like ‘Super Mouse’ or ‘Fast Mouse’, and the Squirrels all look to Roly, who doesn’t quite get it (as he often doesn’t), and say “What’s yours, Roly?”. He says “Roly”, and they say “No, you need a different name.” Roly punches the air and shouts “Steven!”It’s just so simple, so typical of the character, and so funny.VIKKI – I love eggs, so The Omelette Badge and The Egg Badge both really hit the mark for me. And you might find some reference to them in the stage show… Favourite Hey Duggee character MATTHEW – I love Roly. He’s a lot of fun, full of energy and slightly louder than everyone else.VIKKI – A lot of the secondary characters. Mrs Weaver, Hennie and Chew Chew are brilliant, so I’ve loved working them into the show. And then there are characters like Mr and Mr Crab just woven into it, and existing with no commentary that they are two males. Which Hey Duggee character are you most like? MATTHEW – I’m torn between Roly and Betty. Roly reminds me of myself. At the same time, I can be quite like Betty too, in my introverted side, with my head in a book trying to understand the universe.VIKKI – Roly. I get easily excited and I like to shout. Book tickets to Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show at the Royal Festival Hall in London
Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show reviews ★★★★
Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show has opened for Christmas at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The hit CBeebies show runs at the Royal Festival Hall until 8 January 2023. Hey Duggee star Benedict Hastings (Zog, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Wolf Hall) as the loveable TV character Duggee and the show’s narrator, alongside the Squirrels played by Jane Crawshaw as Norrie (Doctor Dolittle), Kaidyn Niall Hinds as Happy (Marty And The Party), Clarke Joseph-Edwards as Roly (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Vinnie Monachello as Tag (Bedknobs And Broomsticks), and Sarah Palmer as Betty (Oi Frog & Friends! Live); and Lunga Anele-Skosana (The Witches) as Mrs Weaver, Hennie, Chew Chew and more, with understudies including Charlie Daniells (His Dark Materials), Elliott Samuels and Shakira Alleyne. The show has been adapted for the stage by Vikki Stone and Matthew Xia, with Vikki as musical supervisor for the production and Matthew as director. The creative team also includes Puppet designer/puppetry director Yvonne Stone, puppet co-designer Daisy Beattie, lighting designer Ciarán Cunningham, set and costume designer Jacqueline Trousdale, projection designer George Reeve, sound designer Rob Bettle, choreographer Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe and associate director Helena Middleton. This new play is packed with non-stop fun, laughs, singing and dancing for children, brought to life through puppetry and storytelling. Check out reviews for Hey Duggee, below. More reviews to follow. Book tickets to Hey Duggee at the Royal Festival Hall in London
Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show announces cast
Producers of Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show have announced the full cast and creative team. The CBeebies show is coming to the Royal Festival Hall in London from 14 December 2022 to 8 January 2023. Hey Duggee will star Benedict Hastings (Zog, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Wolf Hall) as the loveable TV character Duggee and the show’s narrator. The Squirrels will be played by Jane Crawshaw as Norrie (Doctor Dolittle), Kaidyn Niall Hinds as Happy (Marty And The Party), Clarke Joseph-Edwards as Roly (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Vinnie Monachello as Tag (Bedknobs And Broomsticks), and Sarah Palmer as Betty (Oi Frog & Friends! Live). Joining them at the Clubhouse will be Lunga Anele-Skosana (The Witches) playing Mrs Weaver, Hennie, Chew Chew and more, with understudies including Charlie Daniells (His Dark Materials), Elliott Samuels and Shakira Alleyne. Alongside the show's run at the Royal Festival Hall, it will tour over 30 places across the UK. This brand-new play is packed with non-stop fun, laughs, singing and dancing, with the smash hit CBeebies series brought to life through innovative puppetry and storytelling. Hey Duggee was the most streamed children’s show on BBC iPlayer in 2021 and is popular among both children and parents. The show has been adapted for the stage by Vikki Stone and Matthew Xia, with Vikki as musical supervisor for the production and Matthew as director. Completing the creative team are Puppet designer/puppetry director Yvonne Stone, puppet co-designer Daisy Beattie, lighting designer Ciarán Cunningham, set and costume designer Jacqueline Trousdale, projection designer George Reeve, sound designer Rob Bettle, choreographer Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe and associate director Helena Middleton. Book tickets to Hey Duggee at the Royal Festival Hall in London

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