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The Gruffalo

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Closed January 10, 2010

Tall Stories have transformed a well-loved story into an exuberant, funny show

Time Out London

Why See The Gruffalo?

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's award-winning picture book is given the musical treatment for the West End, in this magical, musical play.Youngsters will instantly recognise the characters of the charming story, making this a perfect opportunity to introduce them to theatre in a family friendly environment.


The plucky Mouse embarks on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood. Along the way he encounters a myriad of hungry predators who he scares away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo. But what do you think happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he supposedly conjured up in his stories?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up, and their adults; let their imaginations run wild! The show received warm reviews for its adaptation of the children's book, as well as a sell-out Christmas run at the Lyric Theatre.

Tall Stories is a charitable trust dedicated to staging family oriented shows, having already adapted Donaldson and Scheffler's The Snail and the Whale and Cressida Cowell's Emily Brown and the Thing into plays for the primary school age.

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Opening night: 25 November 2009


The Gruffalo - songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up, and their adults.

Run time

55 minutes with no interval

Cast and Creative


Mouse - Susanna Jennings
The Gruffalo - Tom Crook
Predators - Timothy Richey
Understudy/ASM - William Towler
Company Stage Manager - Fiona McCulloch


Director - Olivia Jacobs

Creative Producer - Toby Mitchell

Assistant Director - Luanna Priestman

Designer - Isla Shaw

Lighting - James Whiteside

Sound - Jon Fiber for Shock Productions

Sound - Andy Shaw for Shock Productions

What you thought

22 reviews, average rating: (3.6 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Emma-Jayne Threadgold: “absolutely fabulous”

I can`t understand why anyone would write a bad review for this play....people... more

Michael Roots: “Fantastic fun for the family”

Wow! all i can say is WOW. Brilliant storytelling and a fantastic trip... more

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