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The Gruffalo and Wallace and Gromit at the Barbican this Christmas

The Gruffalo


ON THE last weekend before Christmas 2013, the Barbican is presenting family performances which combine animated favourites The Gruffalo and Wallace and Gromit on big screens with live orchestral accompaniment.

On Saturday, December 21, audiences can venture into the deep, dark wood in an enchanting double-bill for younger children, featuring the acclaimed animation The Gruffalo and its successor The Gruffalo’s Child, based on the books of Julia Donaldson.

The Northern Sinfonia, led by Terry Davies, will accompany the Gruffalo’s adventures with a live performance of René Aubry’s score.

There will be two performances – at 1.30pm and 4pm – each approximately 90 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Then on Sunday, December 22 and Monday, December 23, there will be three performances of Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels, a mini-adventure for all the family in which the pair have turned their hands (and paws) to the music business.

At their ‘Musical Marvels’ HQ beneath the stage they are overseeing the running of the concert itself. From their underground base, the animated duo has found a way to communicate with conductor Nicholas Collon who leads the Aurora Orchestra in an interactive performance.

Using an on-stage ‘telephone’ and other props, the conductor is able to speak with Wallace and Gromit who respond on screen, enabling audiences to engage with both the characters and the musical experience. The performances also offer a way for young children to experience the thrill of an orchestra for the first time.

The concerts on December 22 and 23 feature classical favourites by Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky, plus Wallace’s very own composition My Concerto in Ee, Lad, as well as a full-length showing of the multi award-winning animation A Matter of Loaf and Death with live performance of Julian Nott’s original orchestral score.

Alongside the concert, a model-maker from Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit) offers families the chance to make their very own clay Gromit. Tickets for this model making workshop are £4 (adults and children).

Performance times: Sunday at 3pm; Monday at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Each performance lasts approximately 2 hours including a 20 minute interval.

For more information call the box office on 0845 120 7550 or visit