Popular children’s TV programme Milkshake! is coming to Fairfield Halls with a new stage show Party Party, featuring all the favourite characters including Little Princess, Bananas in Pyjamas and the Milkshake Monkey, writes Francesca Picano.

The presenters, Jen Pringle, Olivia Birchenough, Amy Thompson and Derek Moran will alternate the shows in pairs and encourage children to join in with the storyline – finding the Milkshake Monkey for the party.

The director and presenter of the show, Derek Moran, says: “We are holding a surprise party for Milkshake Monkey. We need the audience and our Milkshake friends to help us get everything organised in time, without spoiling the surprise of course.”

Amy Thompson, one presenter who joined in 2009 and also known for her role as Jenny Nelson in Emmerdale, says: “For me, Milkshake is a really strong brand with a fantastic mix of children’s programmes.

We also have shows that I grew up watching, Noddy, Thomas and Fireman Sam. That for me is its appeal, it’s classic but fresh.”

The live show will include well-known Milkshake songs as well as new ones with the children becoming involved by singing along.

All of the presenters have had previous experiences in the theatre and television including pantomimes and TV channels such as MTV.

Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon; Saturday, August 16, 1pm and 3.30pm; adults £13, children £11, family £44; 020 8688 9291, www.fairfield.co.uk