Good Grief, Charlie Brown!


Museums & Galleries


6 years +


25/10/2018 - 03/03/2019


Somerset House

Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

Embankment Galleries, South Wing

Tickets: £14, £11 concessions. Under 12s free.


Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

You can do it Charlie Brown

The prospect of the new Peanuts show at Somerset House during half term did not enthuse my children as much as I had thought it would and I realised that Snoopy, such a huge part of my growing up, has not quite filtered into the next generation's consciousness. 

Charlie Brown cartoon stripcartoon strip 2

And so I went on my own and spent a delightful reflective hour. But I will be taking them back. Peanuts should be part of their lives too. Charles M Schulz IS Charlie Brown - the worried kid who has the cares of the world on his young shoulders. His cast of family and friends from shouty Lucy to baby Linus and his comfort blanket plus of course Woodstock and Snoopy are all present in the brilliantly expressive cartoon strips. 

Linus comforter Charlie Brown Lucy Speak out

There is a big video screen at the end of the first room and you watch Schulz's scratchy pen creating them, his gentle voice explaining as he draws. It is intimate and powerful.

Snoopy for President

Upstairs and the show expands to cover the spin offs that followed the enormous success. Snoopy in space, Snoopy on a jet plane, Snoopy for President. There is a Snoopy Cinema where you can watch Peanuts TV specials on a pile of beanbags and two contemporary film installations inspired by Schulz' work.

It was a dark and stormy night

At the end you are encouraged to get creative yourselves - write down some thoughts to follow on from 'It was a dark and stormy night....', learn to draw the Peanuts gang by tracing them in a lightbox. 

And then exit through gift shop. A dangerous manoeuvre as it is packed full of wonderful stuff. 

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Embankment Galleries, South Wing

Tickets: £14, £11 concessions. Under 12s free.



Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

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