There is something about the theatre at Christmas that makes the whole experience more magical, especially for children. We were invited along to the Lyric Theatre in London to watch the Grufffalo's Child recently for the Christmas show. We all know that The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child was written by Julia Donaldson and her popular books are read by children across the world, but she also wrote Stick Man and it is lovely to see Stick Man make an appearance in the Gruffalo's Child stage performance.
There are only three performers in the Gruffalo's Child and each of them plays multiple parts. I feel that in theatre, real talent in an actor shows out because you need to go from one character to another. The cast members are Andrew Mudie, who plays The Gruffalo, the owl, the snake and the fox, whilst Catriona McKenzie plays the mouse as well as being the narrator. Sophie Alice pays The Gruffalo's Child and she is perfect for the part. Tilly was very easily drawn into the performance and was mesmerised with the show.
The way that Andrew Mudie was able to go from character to character was just amazing, each character was so different but he slipped into each role so easily and naturally. The cast gives the children in the audience a chance to participate and feel part of the performance. Even the grown-ups got involved! The performance is fun for both adults and children, even as a 45-year old I actually enjoyed watching the Gruffalo's Child.
The set was simple and easily moved around by the cast as they performed for us on the stage. Even as they were moving the set and the accessories around, you never noticed because you were so drawn into the performance. Tilly loved seeing Stick Man because it is one of her favourite Christmas stories. The Gruffalo's child is mischevious and adventurous, a personality trait that I see in myself and Tilly. The performance is 55 minutes long and doesn't have an interval, so it is perfect for children as young as 3 years old because it is just long enough to capture their attention and keep hold of it. Tilly is 7 years old and she loved this performance, she often asks to go to the theatre as she prefers it to the cinema. My favourite part was the snake! He just made the audience crease up laughing with the performance. We do recommend that you come and see this show at the theatre.
You can go and see The Gruffalo's Child at The Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, London and the tickets start from £17.25. You can buy tickets here. The Gruffalo's Child is showing until 7th January 2018, so it runs all through the Christmas period.
The Gruffalo’s Child is produced by award-winning theatre company Tall Stories - a creative force whose productions include The Gruffalo, the Olivier Award Nominated Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale and The Snow Dragon. The creative team includes Director Olivia Jacobs, Creative Producer Toby Mitchell, Designer Isla Shaw, Composers Jon Fiber & Andy Shaw of JollyGoodTunes and Lighting Designer James Whiteside.