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Room on the Broom flies back into the W/E for Christmas

Room on the Broom

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TALL Stories’ smash-hit Room on the Broom returns to the West End – this time to the Lyric Theatre – for the Christmas season, running from November 21, 2012 to January 13, 2013.

Tall Stories’ magical musical adaptation of the bestselling book by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson MBE and Axel Scheffler, takes audiences aboard a magnificent broom for an unforgettable adventure.

Room on the Broom is aimed at ages 3 – 8 years old and is the ideal introduction to theatre for pre and primary school children and their families, who can expect enchanting puppetry, sing-a-long songs and hilarious fun.

Join a witch and her cat as they fly happily along on their broomstick – until a mighty wind blasts the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night! With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, her belongings are retrieved.

But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! – it snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

The cast includes Morag Cross (as the Witch), Emma MacLennan (Cat), David Garrud (Dog/Frog), Sam Donovan (Bird/Dragon) and Owen Guerin (Understudy).

Brought to the stage by the creators of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom is presented by Kenny Wax and Nick Brooke, in association with Tall Stories.

Directed by Olivia Jacobs, alongside Toby Mitchell as Creative Producer (both founders of Tall Stories), Room On The Broom has lighting design by James Whiteside, design by Morgan Large, puppet design by Yvonne Stone and sound and music design by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw of Shock Productions.

Olivia Jacobs’ directing credits for Tall Stories include The Gruffalo (UK – including West End, USA – including Broadway, Australia – including Sydney Opera House, and Hong Kong); The Gruffalo’s Child (UK – including West End, and Dubai); Room on the Broom (UK, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore); Mr Benn, How the Giraffe Got Its Neck and Monster Hits (UK and Singapore); Something Else, Them With Tails and Them With Frozen Tails (UK and Poland); Mum and the Monster, Rumpelstiltskin, The Happy Prince and Other Stories (UK); and Snow White (UK, Broadway and USA).

Jacobs was previously Artistic Director of Camden People’s Theatre where she directed The Monkeys Paw and The Necklace. As well as a co-founder, she is also joint artistic director of Tall Stories.

Julia Donaldson, Children’s Laureate, is one of the most popular writers of children’s books and her titles include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom. Other titles by Julia and Axel Scheffler include The Snail and The Whale, A Squash and a Squeeze, The Smartest Giant In Town and the Tales From Acorn Wood series.

Axel Scheffler is known worldwide for his children’s book illustrations, in particular for The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, as well as for Jingle Jangle Jungle, Pip and Posy and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

Kenny Wax and Nick Brooke are renowned for bringing some of the best of children’s theatre to the West End. Together, they produce The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and the Olivier award nominated The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Both also produce independently.

Tickets: £12.50 – £15.50 (plus 50p restoration levy). Family ticket top price only: £58 (excludes premium and level 3 prices). Premium seats £20 (includes free postergramme). School and group bookings of 10+: £9.50 (includes 50p restoration levy) buy 10 tickets get the 11th ticket free. For Schools and Group bookings call 020 7494 5837.

Times (daytime slot): Vary.

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