The Gruffalo is the perfect intro to theatre for kids★★★★
Recent reviews and feedback
Just as enjoyable for parents as it is for children... couldn't recommend this enough★★★★★
There was one young boy, aged 5... He couldn't quite understand what to expect and said he didn't really want to go because he didn't know what the theatre was or what people did there. I sat behind him during the performance, and have never seen someone participate quite so enthusiastically! He was 'ROAR-ing' with the mouse, trying to throw the rope to the Gruffalo, and jumping up and down in the songs. At the end of the day - he ran up to his mum beaming saying 'This was the BEST DAY EVER! I LOVE the theatre!'.
Audience member (youth leader)
A thoroughly great time★★★★★
As enchanting as ever
The performances, the script and the staging were wonderful and the three of us (and the rest of the theatre) were absolutely enthralled.
Pauline, audience member
My children (3 & 5) loved it and so did mum and dad!
John, audience member
This show achieves exactly what it sets out to do and fully deserves the appreciation of reviewers, whether aged eight or eighty.★★★★
Keeps the children spellbound and is hard to fault
An entertaining musical version of the popular picture book [with] tuneful songs… and engaging, gently pantomimic interaction.
Superb, energetic, committed theatre.
Phil, audience member
Thoroughly enjoyable performance which had us all laughing for hours after we left the studio. I will be singing your praises to all my friends!
Sarah, Leah (aged 4) and Joel (aged 7)
The perfect amount of music, audience interaction and jokes to keep both the adults and children engaged and interested.★★★★
Brought to life in a raucous, fun, colourful and altogether welcoming burst of energy… Tall Stories makes an as near perfect kids show as you can get.
My mum (74), me (40) and my daughter (2.5) came to see this today and I honestly don't know who enjoyed it the most, it was absolutely fantastic and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending it
Holly, audience member
My daughter is 3 and couldn't take her eyes off the stage... in fact she cried at the end because she didn't want it to finish. The show was fantastic - great music, wonderful interaction with the audience and the cast were superb. The added bonus of a little adult humour made a perfect morning out as a family.
Lucy, audience member
Unlike some drama for slightly older children… it doesn’t channel the children’s-telly-presenter manic vapidity, demanding cheers and screams from the start. It builds properly, like a storybook, letting the Mouse’s journey through the wood draw the attentive audience with it.
The audience remains enraptured throughout… Pre-schoolers will have a barnstorming time with Tall Stories’ staging of Donaldson’s delightful characters.
Previous Tour Reviews
A master-class in timeless, interactive storytelling that blends adventurous imagination with whimsical original music to capture the hearts and minds of its young audience.★★★★
Whats On Stage
The cast of three uses an expressive physicality and minimal props to bring the story to wonderful life… The gently witty songs keep the action bouncing along… This is an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity.★★★★
A fine piece of children’s theatre.★★★★
This zesty show is just the ticket!★★★★
Great family entertainment★★★★
Ham & High
A three-hander that buzzes with energy and pizzazz
This play develops Donaldson’s words with perfect understanding… This whimsical, imaginative show is pitched at just the right level for three to seven-year-olds, as well as the ‘ugly big ones’ they have brought along with them… This show is an absolute delight… It is a rare treat to find a show that really is for all the family, but this is one which cannot be commended enough for its spot-on achievements.★★★★★
Julia Donaldson’s tale of a clever mouse who outsmarts its enemies is an absolute peach of a story. And thankfully, children’s theatre company Tall Stories have done the author proud…★★★★★
Monstrous fun … sparks the young imagination … Hugely popular already and deservedly so, this is enthralling entertainment for the youngsters …★★★★
Tall Stories have transformed a well-loved story into an exuberant, funny show
Time Out (top five children’s shows)