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All you need to know about the Gruffalo Live on Stage

Watch our Minimasters discover how Julia Donaldson’s picture book goes from the page to the stage.

The magic of The Gruffalo Live on Stage comes to the Lyric Theatre in London this summer after a successful UK and international tour. Tall Stories adapts the best-selling book of the same name by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, for the stage. We sent Minimasters Chloe and Charlotte to meet the cast, and to see what London has in store when it opens at the Lyric theatre on 3 July.

With songs, monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown ups, it’s the story everyone loves and more.

What’s The Gruffalo Live On Stage about?

Mouse is new to the deep dark wood and more than a little hungry. She’s on a search for a nut but the road is full of dangerous animals that would gobble her down in an instant. With nothing but her wits, she escapes the clutches of the predators with a little ingenuity. But will it still work when she meets the Gruffalo?

Who stars in The Gruffalo Live On Stage?

Rebecca Newman is Mouse, the very clever and oh-so-not-afraid creature who doesn’t let her small size scare her out of the deep dark wood.

Joining her are Elliot Rodriguez and Jake Addley who take on the other woodland roles as Mouse journeys through the forest to find a nut. Rodriguez is the Gruffalo, a big monster who is the talk of the woods. Fox, Owl, and Snake are all played by Addley with the help of nifty costume changes and different funny voices. Both also take turns telling the story as narrators.

What can audiences expect from The Gruffalo Live On Stage?

It’s a show that has kids chanting the lines from the book along with the stars on stage, but is also packed full songs and energetic dances. There’s also plenty of opportunity for audience participation as our creatures dodge the Gruffalo’s claws.

The scenery sees the deep dark wood, as illustrated by Axel Scheffler, come to life. The home of each creature is lovingly crafted and the whole experience feels like the characters are walking through the storybook.

Tall Stories adaptation of this classic picture book gives well-versed children and their parents a welcome surprise.

What are the critics saying?

★★★★★ ‘An absolute delight’ – The Scotsman
★★★★ ‘A fine piece of children’s theatre’ – Sunday Times

What else do I need to know about The Gruffalo Live on Stage?

The Gruffalo Live on Stage comes to the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue in London from 3 July to 8 September 2019, running at 55 minutes with no interval.

Tickets for The Gruffalo Live on Stage are now available through