Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s deep dark wood-dwelling creature will return to the West End this July when Tall Stories’ acclaimed production of The Gruffalo arrives for a summer season at the Lyric Theatre.
The tale of the furry monster with turned-out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose will play from 1 July to 6 September at the London venue.
Theatregoers aged three and older are invited to join Mouse on a daring adventure in search of hazelnuts as she meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake, outwitting them all with the story of the fabled Gruffalo. Armed with only a nut map and a little courage, Mouse must make sure she doesn’t end up as dinner for these wily woodland creatures.
Based on the award-winning picture book by writer/illustrator duo Donaldson and Scheffler, The Gruffalo brings to life the tale with music, comedy, physical theatre and “just the right touch of scary fun”.
The show’s forthcoming run marks The Gruffalo’s first ever summer season in the West End after entertaining young audiences over numerous festive periods in the capital, most recently at the Lyric Theatre in 2013/14.
The much-loved family production will play daytime performances alongside long-running hit Thriller Live, which will continue to bring the music of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 to the stage after recently celebrating its seventh year at the venue.