West End Show review: The Gruffalo

The best children’s show in the West End this Summer has to be The Gruffalo, based on the very popular book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, at the LYRIC THEATRE, Shaftesbury Avenue between 1 JULY and 6 SEPTEMBER 2015.

TALL STORIES hit musical adaptation is an enchanting production with the perfect combination of songs, laughter, physical theatre and just the right amount of scary fun. Set to a wonderfully catchy score with original music and lyrics, The Gruffalo continues to entertain audiences the world over with its clever wit and engaging storytelling.

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The story

Mouse is on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood in search of hazelnuts, when he meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake on the way. His story of the fabled Gruffalo saves Mouse from ending up as dinner for these wily woodland creatures until ….

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Armed with only a nut map and a little courage, Mouse must outwit them all, and after all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo. Fantasy defeats his own fable and the Gruffalo turns up. Ta Da! Mouse needs to come up with more wit and cleverness to defeat the huge beast now.

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Watch the trailer on the official site www.gruffalolive.com to get an idea but remember that the play is interactive and a trailer does not give you the full feel for the great atmosphere created by the talented cast.

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The verdict

The audience was very engaged thanks to the interactive dialogues and the actors asking children to shout along.

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The story is highly educational and very relevant to all children. The mouse represents the defenseless creature who uses its intelligence and wit to successfully fight more aggressive beings. It teaches children how to face bullyism without violence.
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There was a hilarious moment at the end of the play when the Gruffalo came off the stage and wandered around. The costume was so well made that the youngest spectators were scared of it. Parents were engaged at that point too.

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Really witty and not disappointing Al all.

Mums’ rating: 9/10

8-year old Diego’s rating: 8/10

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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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