The Gruffalo’s Child returns to the West End Christmas 2017

Internationally acclaimed theatre company Tall Stories today announces that The Gruffalo’s Child is to follow in her father’s giant footsteps with a Christmas season in the West End! It’s a big step – just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from Wednesday 22 November 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018. This festive season will showcase the production’s new set and costumes, and is the first time The Gruffalo’s Child will play at the Lyric.

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?

Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to The Gruffalo (published by Macmillan Children’s Books) is ‘everything good children’s theatre should be’ (The list). Songs, laughs and lots of fun for children aged 3 and up and their families.


The Gruffalo’s Child is produced by award-winning theatre company Tall Stories – a creative force whose productions include The Gruffalo, the Olivier Award Nominated Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale and The Snow Dragon. The creative team includes Director Olivia Jacobs, Creative Producer Toby Mitchell, Designer Isla Shaw, Composers Jon Fiber & Andy Shaw of JollyGoodTunes and Lighting Designer James Whiteside.

About Tall Stories Theatre Company

Tall Stories brings great stories to life for audiences of all ages.

The company is a registered charity which tours the UK and the world with its exciting blend of storytelling theatre, original music and lots of laughs. Tall Stories was founded in 1997 by co-directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell. Tall Stories shows have played in the West End, on Broadway, in the Sydney Opera House as well as all sorts of venues and countries in between.

Visit www.tallstories.org.uk for more information about their shows, education resources, accessible performances and to sign up for news and offers.

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 “Tall Stories sets the benchmark for children’s theatre” Sunday Times

Current projects include:

  • The Gruffalo’s Child Live Edinburgh Fringe Festival Summer 2017
  • Room on the Broom LiveUK Tour; Salford Lowry Summer 2017; Australia 2017
  • Emily Brown and the Thing – Malaysia & UAE
  • Wilde Creatures West End 2017
  • The Gruffalo Live – UK Tour; Salford Lowry Christmas 2017; South Africa, Asia 2017
  • Future Perfect – Edinburgh Fringe Festival Summer and UK Autumn Schools Tour 2017

About The Gruffalo’s Child

·         The award-winning picture book, The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler was first published by Macmillan Children’s Books in 2004.

·         The Gruffalo’s Child Live stage show premiered at London’s Polka Theatre in October 2005.

·         The Gruffalo’s Child Live has toured the UK and the world including North America and Australia.

·         The Gruffalo’s Child Live will return to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer from 2 – 20 August at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33).

·         The Gruffalo series of books has sold over 17 million copies worldwide and been translated into 73 languages. Visit www.gruffalo.com for more information.

·         The Gruffalo’s Child received the W.H. Smith Children’s Book of the Year award in 2005 and the award-winning animated film premiered on BBC1 on Christmas day 2011 to 10 million viewers.

·         With a growing range of merchandise available from selected retailers, the world has gone nuts for the Gruffalo!

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

Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his children’s book illustrations, as co-creator of The Gruffalo series, and for Jingle Jangle Jungle, Pip and Posy and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats among many others. Born in Germany, Axel now lives in London with his partner and daughter.

Olivia Jacobs (Director) Olivia trained at Central/University of London. She has directed shows in the West End, on Broadway and in Sydney Opera House. Credits include: The Gruffalo (including live DVD), Room on the Broom, Snow White, Mr Benn, William’s Monsters, Something Else, Emily Brown and the Thing and Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming. She is former Director of Camden People’s Theatre and co-founder of Tall Stories.

Toby Mitchell (Creative Producer) studied at Cambridge and trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. UK and international directing credits for Tall Stories include: Alfie White: Space Explorer, The Snail and the Whale, The Snow Dragon and My Brother the Robot. UK includes: The Owl and the Pussycat and Alice and Mr Dodgson. Other directing/devising work includes: Monsters Got Talent, A British Guide to French Pop and The Island of First Loves. He is co-founder and joint artistic director of Tall Stories.

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment – General Manager

Kenny Wax is renowned for bringing some of the best of children’s theatre to the West End and on tour including Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and the Olivier Award nominated Room on the Broom, as well as What the Ladybird Heard and the critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather. They have had great success with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and new family musical Mr Popper’s Penguins which tours the USA this year following a New York and West End season. Kenny also produces Top Hat, The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. For more information visit www.kennywax.com

Ensemble: Andrew Mudie (The Gruffalo/Predators), Catriona McKenzie (Mouse), Sophie Alice (The Gruffalo’s Child), Jake Addley (Understudy / ASM) and Ashley Illman (Company Stage Manager).