Friday, May 20, 2011

Gruffalo's Child – with attitude!

Friday 20 May 2011


Following hot on the heels of the Gruffalo's sell out tour and his monstrous

West End success comes the

Gruffalo's Child – with attitude!


Just how brave is she?


Find out for yourselves by joining her at Rose Theatre

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June


And join us at John Lewis, Kingston for Storytelling on Friday 3 June

on the 3rd floor at 2pm!*


Gruff Child LOGO


A musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler


Directed by Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell

Designed by Isla Shaw

Music by Jon Fiber, Olivia Jacobs and Andy Shaw


Since its 2007 premiere, this exuberant production has enjoyed a smash-hit 2010 UK Christmas season at Leicester Curve and delighted families inChinaIllustrated by Axel Scheffler, Donaldson's original book sold over 4 million copies in 38 languages, and the Gruffalo's Child will follow in the footsteps of the Gruffalo with a star-studded BBC animation this Christmas. 


The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should 
Ever set foot in the deep dark wood...


One wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist... does he?


Tall Stories Theatre Company returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation.  


All adults must be accompanied by a responsible child.


Running Time: 55 mins    Ages: 3+ 



Predators / The Gruffalo:           Owen G Bevan

The Gruffalo's Child:                    Yvette Clutterbuck

Mouse:                                              Alice Parsloe


Full biographies available on request


*The Storytelling event at John Lewis is free of charge. No booking required. It will take place on Friday 3 June on the 3rd floor at 2pm.


About Tall Stories

With uniquely physical and visually striking family shows, Tall Stories have made their mark in the West End, on Broadway and beyond. Previous successes include Snow WhiteMonster Hits and How the Giraffe got its Neck.


Current projects include:

MR BENN (UK tour 2011)

Room on the Broom (USA & Canada 2011)

The Gruffalo (UKGermany & Australia 2011)

The Snow Dragon (UK tour, autumn 2011)

"Tall Stories sets the benchmark for children's theatre" The Sunday Times

About the Producers

KW & NB Ltd

Under the title of their new children's theatre company, KW & NB Ltd, Kenny Wax and Nick Brooke are delighted to bring back The Gruffalo's Child2011 is set to be an exciting year, with two brand new shows! Kenny and Nick are pleased to announce the new stage adaptation of the children's classic TV animation Mr Benn, which will be a co-production with Tall Stories and Austin Shaw.  They are also thrilled to announce the world premiere of David Walliams' novel Mr Stink, which is to be the first ever scratch 'n sniff theatre production!  This year they are also producing We're Going on a Bear Hunt based on the picture book by Michael Rosen, Tall Stories' Room on the Broom based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler and a second tour of the classic picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea adapted for the stage by David Wood OBE. For further information and tour schedules for all KW & NB Ltd shows please and


This dramatisation of The Gruffalo's Child is based on the picture book The Gruffalo's Child, illustrations copyright 1999 Axel Scheffler and copyright text 1999 Julia Donaldson published by Macmillans Childrens Books, London.


For more information and interviews please contact Louise Gilbert

Press & PR Co-ordinator ● 0208 939

Notes to Editors

·         The Gruffalo won the gold award (in the 0–5 years category) of the 1999 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. It also won the 2000 Nottingham/Experian Children's Book award and the Blue Peter Best Book To Read Aloud award. The audio version won the Best Children's Audio award in the Spoken Book Awards.


·         Author of 151 books, 101 of which were written for schools, Glasgow-based Julia Donaldson's other best-selling titles include The Gruffalo's ChildRoom on the Broom and The Snail and the Whale. She has also written songs for children's TV and regularly performs sing-along shows at international book festivals and theatres.


·         German-born Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his humorous children's book illustration. Donaldson and Schleffer have collaborated on many other titles such as Stick Man, A Squash and a Squeeze and The Smartest Giant in Town.


  • All illustrations copyright © Axel Scheffler 1999, published by Macmillan Children's Books.




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