The Gruffalo





‘as fun and as fantastical as the original’



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



‘an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity’

Tall Stories’ charming adaptation of children’s classic The Gruffalo returns once more to a West End stage. A magical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved picture book, The Gruffalo comes prowling into London’s Lyric Theatre for a limited summer season beginning on July 6th.

Previously made into a BBC film starring the voices of Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham-Carter and James Corden, The Gruffalo is the well-known tale that can be found on many children’s bookcase. Tall Stories’ exuberant hour-long adaptation of the book gives children the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild, with countless successful runs at the Lyric Theatre.

The Gruffalo is the story of brave Mouse, who embarks on a daring adventure through the deep, dark forest. On the way, we encounter a variety of hungry predators, including a sneaky fox, naughty owl and a slithering snake, all of whom quite fancy Mouse as an afternoon snack! Mouse must use her cunning wit to outsmart the peckish animals and so she tells the story of the fabled Gruffalo to scare them away. Little does she know that she is about to come face to face with the fearsome beast itself!

Packed full of fun and interactive songs, The Gruffalo is a lot of physical theatre, silliness and fun for all of the family to enjoy! This is a perfect way to introduce young children to theatre, with a 55 minute running time allowing for short attention spans! Previously performed at the Vaudeville Theatre, and to millions worldwide, The Gruffalo is sure to be yet another summer hit at the Lyric Theatre!

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The Gruffalo was originally devised by Tall Stories company members Sharon McArdle, Tom Banks and Felix Hayes. Featuring the beloved book by Julia Donaldson and illustrations by Axel Scheffler, the show is directed by Olivia Jacobs, with choreography by Morag Cross. Further team members include design by Isla Shaw and lighting design by James Whiteside. The Gruffalo also features musical direction from Jon Fiber, with original music and lyrics by Jon Fiber, Olivia Jacobs, Robin Price and Andy Shaw.

Show Lengths and Times

The Gruffalo plays a limited summer season the Lyric Theatre London from July 6th to September 4th. Performances are at 11am and 2pm every day, excluding Saturdays and Sundays, when performances are at 10am and 12pm.

Show running time is approximately 55mins, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Gruffalo is entirely family-friendly and best-suited to children aged 3 and up. Babes in arms tickets are available from the Box Office on the day of the performance. Please note that the Lyric Theatre does not supply booster cushions and bear this in mind when preparing your children for a visit.



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