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Tell Us In 10: David Scotland from The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 20 July 2021, Last Updated 20 July 2021

In our profile series, Tell Us In 10, we ask cast members and creatives of top London shows to tell us all about themselves in just 10 questions.

In today’s Tell Us In 10, we’re talking to David Scotland who stars in the Olivier Award-nominated family show, The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Playing at Theatre Royal Haymarket until 5 September, this funny, imaginative and magical show is based on the beloved classic picture book written by Judith Kerr OBE. 

When Sophie and her Mummy answer the door to a huge stripy tiger and invite him in for tea, they don’t bargain on quite how hungry he is. Find out more about the guzzling tiger and why this is the perfect show to see with the family in our interview with David below.

1. My roles are…

I play Daddy/Milkman/Postman/Tiger

2. My favourite thing about my roles are…

Getting to play for a living

3. My least favourite thing about my role is…

How hot and sweaty I get!

Lizzie Dewar as Mummy, David Scotland as Tiger, Jocelyn Zackon as Sophie (Photo credit: Robert Day)

4. The show is perfect for families to enjoy this summer because…

Everyone deserves to be friends with a Tiger.

5. I think Kids Week is a great initiative because…

It makes theatre more affordable for families and therefore allows more children to experience the magic of live theatre for the first time.

6. My earliest memories of theatre are…

Going to see Phantom Of The Opera with my Mum and Dad when I was around 6 or 7 and being terrified!

David Scotland as Daddy (Photo credit: Robert Day)

7. I always knew/didn’t know I wanted to work in theatre…

Because I’ve always enjoyed making people laugh. When I’m on stage I get to make hundreds of people do it all at once (or at least try!).

8. The one thing I wish I could tell my younger self is…

It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Jocelyn Zackon as Sophie, David Scotland as Tiger (Photo credit: Robert Day)

9. In my spare time I like to…

Read. I recently finished ‘Real Life’ by Brandon Taylor and would HIGHLY recommend it.

10. If I could have a superpower for a day, I would choose…

Teleportation, so I could eat my sister’s (who lives in Scotland) home baking every day.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea is full of sing-a-longs, interactive fun and even contains impressive illusions and slight of hand-designed by the President of the Magic Circle, Scott Penrose. The show is also a great way to introduce children to the wonders of live entertainment in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Tune into Theatre Chat Live on Official London Theatre’s Instagram channel today at 6pm where will be joined by Lizzie Dewar who plays Mummy in the show.

If you’d like to see this wonderful classic come alive on stage, book your tickets below quick as they’re flying off the shelves like hotcakes! Be sure to also check out our Kids Week 2021 shows which offers half-price tickets for the family to a variety of different shows.


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