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Stick Man returns to the West End, celebrating 10th Anniversary of the book

Stick Man. Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FRECKLE Productions have announced that Stick Man, based on the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, will return to London in 2018 for its eighth annual West End season.

Playing at Leicester Square Theatre from Saturday, October 20, 2018 to Sunday, January 6, 2019, the run will coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the book.

Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love
and their stick children three…

But what starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?

Packed full of puppetry, live music and funky moves, Stick Man is a touching, funny and utterly original adaptation that will delight all ages.

Stick Man is adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson, the multi award-winning author of some of the world’s best loved children’s books, most notably the modern classic The Gruffalo which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Donaldson is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which have sold millions of copies and have been translated into over 40 languages.

Stick Man is a perennial bestseller and has been translated into 23 languages. In 2015, Magic Light Pictures premiered the animated film of Stick Man with an all-star cast including Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders and Hugh Bonneville. The film was the 4th most-viewed 2015 Christmas Day TV programme in the UK, and the book went to number one in the children’s chart. In 2018, Stick Man celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Stick Man is produced by Freckle Productions, who have brought many of Julia Donaldson’s books to the stage including Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and the forthcoming premiere UK Tour of Tabby McTat.

It has original direction by Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls, Old Vic Theatre) with design by Katie Sykes (Jane Eyre, National Theatre), lighting by Elanor Higgins (Private Peaceful, UK Tours) and music by Benji Bower (A Monster Calls, Old Vic Theatre). The Associate Director is Mark Kane.

Stick Man is suitable for all ages.

Image: Stick Man by Steve Ullathorne.

Tickets: £19 (Child), £24 (Adult), £75 (Family – 4 tickets, maximum 2 adults). To book, call the box office on 020 7734 2222 or visit

Times: Wednesday to Friday, 11am and 1.30pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am, 12.15pm and 2pm (additional peak performances, see website for details).

Running time: 55 minutes.

Also at Leicester Square Theatre: Sh*t-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (until September 1) and Ramin Karimloo in concert with Seth Rudetsky (October 5 and 6, 2018).