This is the story of a Mouse, on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in search of a nut, who is soon assailed by a host of predatory woodland creatures including the eccentric old Owl, the party mad Snake and the cunning Fox. Will the story of Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these wily woodland creatures? Armed with only a nut map and a little courage, Mouse must outwit them all. After all, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo - is there?
Having opened for the first time in May 2001 only 18 months after the book was first published, the show returns to the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue this summer 2016. Read our four star review of the production below.
Suitable for ages 3+
The Gruffalo review, Christmas 2015: ★★★★★
The production team behind The Gruffalo, Tall Stories, have transformed Donaldson's short story into an hour-long comedy by embroidering her original characters with outlandish personality quirks that kept both children and parents snorting into their ice-creams.
There's the Mouse who is not only daring, but a tiny bit rude, and pulls ridiculous faces full of derision or panic every time there's an attack. The Gruffalo appears like an over-grown baby, waddling onto stage and giggling at the audience, before suddenly flicking between hot rages and calm innocence, as though suffering from a rocket-fuelled bipolar disorder.
But perhaps the best were the three predators - including a sensual, super-camp and party-mad Mexican Snake who shakes his maracas and flirts with the audience, and the straight talking Owl, whose RAF uniform sparkles with military badges and who is deeply uncomfortable at the thought of the Gruffalo.
This is a show for children that parents will be happy to watch more than once: with high-energy, original music and funny characters to love and hate.
|What||The Gruffalo, Lyric Theatre|
Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES | MAP
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
06 Jul 16 – 08 Jan 17, Times Vary
|Price||£14.50 - £18.50|
|Website||Click here to book via Culture Whisper and See Tickets|