Reviewed by: Mojomums Kelly and family
What they say: Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?
Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!
What we say: “Like most parents with children of a certain age, I know The Gruffalo story off by heart and I can honestly say it is one of my favourites to read to my children. They love the gentle rhyming story and the TV show is also a well-loved favourite, so when we were offered the chance to see the live show in the West End I jumped at the chance!
I love to take my twin boys (age 5) to see shows aimed at children of their age and this was the first one we have seen in London, usually we head to one of our local theatres. The excitement started to build on the train journey there, with many “are we there yet?!” exclamations!
The show’s London home is the Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of theatre land and is very easy to find. We took our seats and waited patiently for the show to start…
On bounded our favourite characters – the mouse, fox, owl, snake and finally we met the Gruffalo!
The show kept true to the book, with audience participation, energising songs for the kids to join in with and all of the famous lines from the books…
My sons were both captivated – sometimes one son in particular can become a little fidgety and bored, but not with this show, he loved it! The show ran for around an hour, perfect time for little one’s and no toilet stops needed!
When asked which were their favourite characters in the show, Logan answer the fox (mine too!) and Casey the snake.
Just three actors played all of the parts, including the narrator, and they were all excellent. We laughed out loud at more than one occasion, the perfect mix of gentle adult humour to keep us parents happy and well as the kids.
The Gruffalo merchandise was a fair price – the small Gruffalo toys were £10 each, not too bad I thought.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the show and would highly recommend it to any Gruffalo or young theatre fans!
And our day out did not stop there – next we headed to the Haymarket Hotel to experience their Gruffalo Afternoon Tea for children! Click here to read my review…”
The Gruffalo is showing at the Lyric Theatre until 8 January 2017 – to book your tickets visit www.tallstories.org.uk
The Gruffalo’s Child is opening at the Lyric Theatre on 22 November 2017 – 7 January 2018, find out more here…