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The Gruffalo Live on Stage returns for West End season and UK Tour

Tall Stories: The Gruffalo

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CELEBRATING the 20th birthday of the much-loved picture book, Tall Stories’ hit musical adaptation, The Gruffalo live on stage, returns with a UK tour and limited ten-week West End season at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, September 8, 2019.

The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and published by Macmillan Children’s Book in 1999, was adapted for the stage by Tall Stories in 2001 and has since been delighting audiences around the world.

Founded by Artistic Directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell, Tall Stories’ other productions include Wilde Creatures, The Canterville Ghost, The Gruffalo’s Child, Emily Brown and The Thing, The Snail and The Whale, The Snow Dragon and Room on the Broom.

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there is no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Expect songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged three and up and their grown-ups!

The cast of The Gruffalo live on stage includes Jake Addley as ‘Predators’; Rebecca Newman as ‘Mouse’, Elliot Rodriguez as ‘the Gruffalo’ and Ashley Sean-Cook as Understudy/Assistant Stage Manager.

Toby Mitchell directs the current cast of The Gruffalo live on stage. The creative team also includes: Co-Artistic Director Olivia Jacobs, Co-Artistic Director Toby Mitchell, Designer Isla Shaw, Puppet Designer Yvonne Stone, Composers Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw of Jolly Good Tunes and Lighting Designer James Whiteside.

The tour will visit Rose Theatre, Kingston (May 29 – June 2), Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (June 11-13), Wyvern Theatre, Swindon (June 15-16), Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire (June 19–23), Birmingham Hippodrome (June 24- 26) and Palace Theatre, Southend (June 27-29), with more dates to be added.

Production images.

Official Website.

West End ACCESS Performances:

Relaxed Performance: Friday, July 12 at 11am and Wednesday, August 7 at 2pm.

British Sign Language Performance: Wednesday, July 17 at 11am.

Running Time: 55 minutes with no interval.

Age recommendation: 3+.