The Gruffalo celebrates fifteen years on stage – see it this summer

The Gruffalo will return to the West End this summer, now celebrating fifteen successful years on stage.

The Tall Stories production originally opened in Chester in May 2001, 18 months after the best-selling book was first published. It will now return to the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue in July.

Based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo follows Mouse as he ventures into the woods and meets some seriously interesting characters along the way.

Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell from theatre company Tall Stories told What’s On Stage: “Back in 1999, when we asked Julia and Axel if we could adapt their then little-known book The Gruffalo for the stage, we had no idea how things would turn out. The original 2001 tour involved three actors in a car – not even a stage manager – touring to schools and small venues. To go from there to the West End, Broadway and the Sydney Opera House has been quite a journey.”

The Gruffalo opens at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on 6 July, currently booking until 4 September 2016. Secure your seats now at