Age Recomendation 3+ (Guide only)
Join Mouse on her remarkable journey through the wood where the Gruffalo lives... or does he? Mouse starts off on an expedition to find delicious hazelnuts, nut map in hand, but things soon get a whole lot more interesting. She meets the sneaky Fox, the eccentric Owl and the party animal Snake, and she manages to outwit the lot of them with her amazing stories about the legendary Gruffalo.
This show is packed with music, laughter, physical theatre and scary bits that are fun... but not scary enough to disturb a child. The result is a charming family show for anyone who wants a child-centred Christmas theatrical treat. The story is, of course, based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefflers' magical picture book, and it has thrilled audiences the world over. Interestingly, the plot is inspired by a Chinese folk tale involving a fox that uses stories about a fierce tiger to keep his enemies at bay. The author, who couldn't think of a suitably monstrous name that rhymed with 'tiger', invented 'gruffalo' instead. And a legend was born.
The Gruffalo plays at the Lyric Theatre in London until the end of the first week in January. The book has sold more than 13 million copies, printed in 18 editions since it hit the bookshops in 1999. It has won a host of coveted prizes for children's literature, and has been adapted for the stage in the West End and on Broadway. The play premièred in 2001. The Times newspaper called it, "irresistibly charming". Now's your chance to experience the magic for yourself. Your children will adore it!
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (26%)
My daughter loved the show and did not stop talking about it.
Reviewed on 28 December 2016 by Clare, London, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed watching the Gruffalo. Brilliantly done and great humour for children and adults. Highly recommend.
Reviewed on 04 September 2016 by Priya, Watford, United Kingdom
The performance is fairly loyal to the book, however the characters are not wearing furry costumes which may turn children off. On the other hand, it may not be suitable to under 3 year olds since the audience is asked to scare the Gruffalo off, resulting in quite a loud reaction. I had a fun time with my 7-yr-old, and I definitely recommend it.
Reviewed on 27 August 2016 by Stefania, New York, United States
Kids burst with laughter many times throughout the show. It was cute, cheeky, funny, clever, musical... really entertaining. Even my 16month old couldn't take his eyes off the stage. I loved it. Bought the CD and look forward to the kids signing the songs in the car. Will look for other productions by this company.
Reviewed on 11 August 2016 by Angela, Barnes, United Kingdom
Fantastic show, tricky to thrash out a short children's book into an hour-long show but very entertaining. My 5yo shouted the house down when audience responses were needed.
Reviewed on 08 August 2016 by Leah, Amsterdam, Netherlands
A fantastic show performed by energetic and enthusiastic actors. Laugh a minute and an easy to follow story. Great audience participation. A must show for all
Reviewed on 01 August 2016 by Stuart, Arlecdon, United Kingdom
This show was fantastic. They encouraged the children to join in singing and shouting. Our 4 and 6 yr old thoroughly enjoyed their first trip to the theatre. Show was about an hour long. Just long enough for them.
Reviewed on 30 July 2016 by Carrie, Braintree, United Kingdom
Was a little sceptical about how the story would be put over as my daughter loves the Gruffalo and is very protective of the story when we read it at home, but the show was fantastic. Funny, captivating and wonderfully acted out. My daughter loved every second of it and has really got the theatre bug because of it. She wants to come back again as soon as possible. We were a party of 2 2-4 year olds and 3 adults and all of us were drawn into the story and laughed out loud during the show. Well done on making an amazing story just a little bit better.
Reviewed on 22 July 2016 by Colin, Trimley St Mary, United Kingdom
Great entertainment for little one's and family to all join in..
Reviewed on 01 January 2016 by Kim, West Drayton, United Kingdom
It was ok, no more or less than expected.
Reviewed on 31 December 2015 by James, Caversham, United Kingdom
Daughter loved it and good interaction between the actors and audience.
Reviewed on 01 September 2015 by Robert, Southwater, United Kingdom
Great show. It was the right length for my 5 year old. I thought the actors were brilliant. It was witty for grown ups and engaging for children.
Reviewed on 25 August 2015 by Joanna, Lincoln, United Kingdom
Great show. Was my childrens first trip to the theatre and they throughly enjoyed the experience. My 3yr old was a bit too small to see show from her seat (dress circle) so had to sit on my lap. So pls consider this when booking your seats
Reviewed on 25 August 2015 by Michelle, Shadwell, United Kingdom
My 3 year old grand-daughter was transfixed and loved every minute of the show, although she grew a bit restless during the rather overlong songs and was just really interested in the progression of the storyline.
Reviewed on 18 August 2015 by Nicky, London, United Kingdom
A good show for families and little ones - the actors were good and engaged with the kids in a positive way - they made the gruffalo look a lot less scary than its mean to be and that takes away te essence of the story but understand they may have done this not to scare the tots attending te show
Reviewed on 06 August 2015 by Laura, Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom
A must for the younger ones and all fans of Julia Donaldson. Really well done and cleverly acted out
Reviewed on 04 August 2015 by Brian, Tetney, United Kingdom
this was without doubt the worst show we have ever seen. flimsy set, recorded music and cheap costumes.lasted one hour terrible value for money and a complete disappointmentdo not even think about booking !
Reviewed on 04 August 2015 by Lorraine, Dartford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 July 2015 by Ioannis, Frankfurt, Germany
Really cheery and cheeky production. My son laughed most of the way through. The actors and actress were fantastic, moving very smoothly between roles - particularly liked the fox and snake parts - very funny. Good songs and really moves along to keep even a four year old happy and engrossed. Some good pantomime bits (there could have been a few more). It's a difficult balance but the Gruffalo entrance could have been a bit more scary (I think my son more wanted to cuddle him!) but for anyone with kids 3-83 this is really recommended, just remember to get the CD for the car on the way home.....
Reviewed on 06 July 2015 by Matthew, Leeds, United Kingdom