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Children's classic heads to West End



Preview by Jack Foley

The Gruffalo receives its West End premiere this month at the Criterion Theatre, where it will run for a limited five week season from July 19, 2005.

Previously Posted: FRESH from sell-out performances at the Royal National Theatre and the Scottish International Children’s Festival, Tall Stories embark on a new tour with their big scary monster of a show that is The Gruffalo.

Adapted from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning, best-selling book, The Gruffalo follows Mouse into the deep dark wood on a hunt for hazelnuts.

Armed with just a nut map and a very vivid imagination, Mouse runs into the smirking, wheeler-dealer Fox; an eccentric, retired Woodland Air Force officer Owl; and the maraca-shaking, party animal Snake.

Rather than becoming the main course of their next meal, Mouse scares them away with stories of an imaginary monster friend, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined?

The Gruffalo is described as 'a delectable tale about the adventures of a clever mouse in a forest full of predators'.

It is packed with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up, and their adults…

Since its first performance, Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo has toured England, Scotland and Wales. It has travelled to Ireland, Poland, Canada and North America and has been produced by local companies in Singapore and Chile.

It will be at Greenwich Theatre from May 3 to 7, before moving to The Pleasance, in Islington, from May 10 to 15, before embarking on another UK tour (including Windsor and Richmond).

Founded in 1996 by directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell, the Tall Stories theatre company has consistently earned both national and international acclaim for its important and entertaining work.

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