A magical, musical stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo’s Child tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 8th March to Sunday 13th March. Perfect entertainment for young children and their families, this time the Gruffalo has his own little terror in tow, for another intrepid adventure full of songs, laughs and scary fun.
One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning to never set foot in the deep dark wood and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?
Tall Stories, the internationally acclaimed theatre company behind the first immensely successful stage production of The Gruffalo, brings Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning picture book to life as three performers introduce the audience to the Gruffalo’s child and re-introduce Mouse, Snake, Owl and Fox – and a slightly older, if not wiser, Gruffalo.
Directed by Olivia Jacobs, Sophie Alice plays the role of the Gruffalo’s child, Catriona Mackenzie appears as the tiny, but terrifying, Mouse, with Duncan MacInnes playing both the Gruffalo and the Predators.
Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Last seen at the Theatre Royal in 2007, Bath audiences will discover just how brave she is when this much-loved children’s story returns to the Main House stage for seven performances.
First performed at The Polka Theatre Wimbledon in 2005, The Gruffalo’s Child has toured both nationally and internationally with great success. The show has even appeared at the Sydney Opera House.
The Gruffalo series of books has sold over ten million copies worldwide and been translated into forty-eight languages. 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, watched by ten million viewers.
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. Awarded an MBE in 2011, Julia Donaldson was Children’s Laureate from 2011 to 2013. 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.
Founded in 1997 by joint artistic directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell, Tall Stories has consistently earned both national and international acclaim for its innovative and entertaining work. The theatre company presents old, new and timeless stories in fresh and exciting ways, always acknowledging the presence of the audience. The actors perform stories in a physical, visual style, linking original music, movement and lots of laughs.
(© Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2004, Macmillian Children’s Books)
The Gruffalo’s Child appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 8th to Sunday 13th March. Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk