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The Gruffalo

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‘as fun and as fantastical as the original’

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‘a lovely sense of humour that filters through the performance’

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‘an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity’

A bona fide children’s classic, The Gruffalo returns once again to the West End for a limited summer season. Tall Stories’ winsome adaptation brings Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s book to life in glorious technicolour. Catch it when it comes a-prowling into London’s Lyric Theatre from July 3rd.

A staple of children’s bookcases everywhere, The Gruffalo is the tale of brave Mouse, who sets off on an intrepid adventure through the vast, dark forest. This is no walk in the park, but a hazardous journey which sees our hero bump into all sorts of peckish predators. A sneaky fox, a slithering snake and an eccentric owl all notice Mouse and quite fancy her as an afternoon snack. Luckily Mouse has plenty of cunning and quick wit up her sleeve, and she soon lands on a plan to outsmart the hungry animals; she tells them all there is to know about the fearsome Gruffalo who lives in the woods…

The book has previously been made into a BBC film featuring the voices of Helena Bonham-Carter, James Corden and Robbie Coltrane. Tall Stories’ adaptation has enjoyed countless successful runs at the Lyric Theatre and has been described by Time Out as being, “as fun and fantastical as the original”.

Chock-full of fun, physical theatre, silliness and interactive songs, this is live family entertainment at its best. Thanks to its 55 minute running time, it’s perfect for short attention spans and a fitting way to introduce young children to theatre. The Gruffalo is guaranteed to be another delightful summer hit at the Lyric Theatre!

 

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The Gruffalo was originally devised by company member of Tall Stories: Sharon McArdle, Tom Banks and Felix Hayes. Featuring the well-loved children’s book by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the show is directed by Olivia Jacobs and features choreography by Morag Cross. Design is by Isla Shaw and lighting design is by James Whiteside. The Gruffalo features musical direction from Jon Fiber along with original music and lyrics by Jon Fiber, Olivia Jacobs, Andy Shaw and Robin Price.

Show Lengths and Times

The Gruffalo runs for a limited summer season the Lyric Theatre London from July 3rd to September 8th. Show running time is approximately 55mins, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Gruffalo is family-friendly and is suitable for children aged 3 and up. Babes in arms tickets can be obtained from the Box Office on the day of the performance. Please note: the Lyric Theatre does not supply booster cushions. Please bear this in mind when preparing your children for a visit.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

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‘low-key start to standing ovation-inducing finish’

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‘a fully tuned critical alertness and mimetic merriness’

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‘no musical style this ensemble can’t replicate’

Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite Showstopper! The Improvised Musical plays an extended season at the Lyric Theatre, following a smash-hit West End premiere at the Apollo Theatre. After countless sell-out runs at the famous Edinburgh festival, the Showstopper troupe received their first London run at the Apollo, impressing audiences and critics alike, earning four and five-star reviews across the board.

Created by Dylan Emery and Adam Meggido, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is 90 minutes of entirely improvised material. Night after night, the troupe come up with an all-new musical, featuring all-singing, all-dancing numbers based on a variety of audience suggestions. Seven quick-witted performers and their musical and technical team turn these suggestions into a full-on musical extravaganza, complete with props and costume.

Every night, the audience are subjected to something new, making Showstopper the perfect show to keep returning to! From romance to horror, comedy to downright ridicule, this is the only place that you can find a whole musical dedicated to a pig farm, Marks and Spencer’s or even the inner workings of a bakewell tart. Featuring songs themed to a range of West End shows and popstars, the Showstoppers invent perfectly harmonised songs on the spot that resemble something from The Lion King or even popular band Oasis!

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical began its life at the Actors Centre, when Meggido and Emery decided to host an improvisation workshop with a team of little or no experience. After a week of rehearsal, the team had to improvise a musical in front of a full audience – and Showstopper was born! Since then, the troupe have had their own radio show and have won several awards, including an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment & Family.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical was originally conceived by Adam Meggido and Dylan Emery and features musical direction from Duncan Walsh Atkins with sound design by Tom Lishman and lighting design by Tim Mascall. Meggido recently directed West End smash-hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre and has also written musical Burlesque, which received four Off West End Awards, including Best New Musical. Emery is part of several comic troupes and has appeared at several West End venues, including Shakespeare’s Globe and the Criterion Theatre.

A cast of eleven complete the Showstoppers, with seven performing each night. Showstopper’s cast features a variety of experienced actors, comedians, improvisers, including Ruth Bratt, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Sean McCann, Phillip Pellew, Oliver Senton, Lucy Trodd and Sarah Louise-Young.

Show Lengths and Times

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical transferred to the Lyric Theatre London on February 15th and continues to play limited Monday performances. Performances are at 7:30pm.

Show running time is approximately 1 hour and 30 mins, including a 20 min interval.

Suitable for Children?

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is recommended for ages 12 and up, due to mild sexual references and audience participation. Please note that the Lyric Theatre does not supply booster cushions and children under the age of 4 will not be admitted into the theatre.

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Thriller Live

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‘the best party in the West End’

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‘the best, fastest and most distinctive dance moves ever created’

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‘cute, kicking and retro’

Book today and get 33% off Thriller Live tickets! Offer valid Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday performances between 20 September 2016 and 31 March 2017.

Smash-hit musical Thriller Live continues to wow audiences with its smooth moves, dancing into its sixth year at the Lyric Theatre London. A celebration of pop legend Michael Jackson, Thriller Live is the ultimate tribute show that brings all of his best hits to the forefront of the stage.

Conceived by super-fan, Jackson family friend and author Adrian Grant, Thriller Live originally previewed in the UK at the Dominion Theatre in 2006, before opening at the Lyric Theatre in 2009. Previously the production has been performed in Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavia before it made its move to London’s West End. Originally intended as a tribute show to Michael Jackson’s best music, it was not until Jackson’s untimely death in early 2009 which caused Thriller Live to catapult into the tribute act to end all tributes.

Thriller Live follows Michael Jackson through every stage of his career, from his early days with the Jackson 5 to his status as Pop King. Watching as he slowly makes his transformation into the Michael Jackson we know today, Thriller Live features numerous well-known songs that will leave audiences dancing in their seats. Shaking out the best numbers from Jackson’s back catalogue, the show features rousing renditions of “Blame it on the Boogie”, “I Want You Back”, “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, “Smooth Criminal” and, of course, “Thriller”.

An all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, Thriller Live features the famous dance moves and costumes that accompanied all of Jackson’s greatest hits. More of a concert than a traditional piece of musical theatre, Thriller Live is packed full of crowd-pleasers that are sure to entertain everyone, from die-hard Jackson fans to those who only know a few hits!

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Thriller Live is an original concept designed by Michael Jackson super-fan Adrian Grant, who is now Executive Director of both the London production and UK tour. Directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, Thriller Live features set design by Jonathan Park, lighting design by Nigel Catmur, video design by Colin Rozee, costume by Shooting Flowers and sound design by Chris Whybrow, with musical supervision from John Maher.

Previous stars in Thriller Live have included West End superstar Ben Forster and Layton Williams. The current cast includes vocalists Wayne Anthony-Cole, Vivienne Ekwulugo, Haydon Eshun, David Julien, Sophia MacKay, Jonah Mayor, John Moabi, Florivaldo Mossi, Messiah Unsudimi, Josiah Choto, Joshua Atoyebi, Triple Calz, Isaiah Mason, Xhanti Mbonzongwana, and Jay-Jay Prince. Dancers include Daniel Blessing, Filippo Coffano, David Devyne, Joel Ekperigin, Eliza Hart, Leona Lawrenson, Mari Macleod, Oskarina O’Sullivan, Zinzile Tshuma, and Matt Vjestica. The cast also includes Aisling Duffy, Ebony Clarke, Vivian Gayle, and Simone Moncada.

Song List

Act I

  • Overture: “History”
  • Opening Mashup: “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough/Billie Jean”
  • “Who’s Lovin’ You”
  • “I’ll Be There”
  • “I Want You Back”
  • “ABC”
  • “Rockin’ Robin”
  • “Blame it on the Boogie”
  • “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”
  • “Remember the Time”
  • “Human Nature”
  • “This Place Hotel”
  • “Dangerous”
  • “She’s Out of My Life”
  • “Off the Wall”
  • “Get on the Floor”
  • “Rock with You”
  • “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Reprise)”
  • “Can You Feel It”

Act II

  • Entr’Acte Mashup: “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’/Workin’ Day and Night”
  • “Dancing Machine”
  • “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
  • “Beat It”
  • “The Way You Make Me Feel”
  • “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
  • “Smooth Criminal”
  • “Dirty Diana”
  • “Man in the Mirror”
  • “They Don’t Care About Us”
  • “Earth Song”
  • “Billie Jean”
  • “Thriller”
  • “Bad”
  • “Black and White”

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Thriller Live opened at the Lyric Theatre London on January 21st 2009, after an initial run at the Dominion Theatre in 2006, and continues to run into its sixth year. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Mondays, with matinees on Saturday at 4pm and Sundays at 3:30pm. All evening performances begin at 7:30pm, aside from Saturdays, where they begin at 8pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 30mins, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Thriller Live is entirely family-friendly, and suited to those who enjoy the music. Please note that the Lyric Theatre does not supply booster cushions and children under the age of 4 will not be admitted into the theatre.

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