The 1997 Edinburgh Fringe saw the premiere of Tall Stories' first show, ‘The Happy Prince and Other Stories’, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales. 21 years later, we are marking our 21st Fringe with two adaptations of Wilde's work - 'Wilde Creatures', a new adaptation of Wilde's fairytales everyone aged 5 and up; and 'The Canterville Ghost', a brand new show for grown-ups based on Wilde's spectral short story, which marks our 21st birthday and our coming of age!
12 Dec 2017
We are now well into December and this Christmas we have five shows on the go - 'The Gruffalo' is at The Lowry in Salford, 'The Gruffalo's Child' at at the Lyric Theatre in the West End, 'The Snow Dragon' is at the Birmingham Hippodrome and 'Emily Brown and the Thing' is at QPAC in Brisbane up until Christmas and at Arts Centre Melbourne just after. Finally, we are very excited that our new show 'Wilde Creatures' is opening on Friday at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End - we can't wait for everyone to see it! Let the festive fun begin...
We are delighted to announce our brand new show for 2017, presented as part of Dominic Dromgoole's year-long Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre.
This Christmas, the Gruffalo's Child will be following in her father's footsteps and will be taking up residence at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, from 22nd November to 7th January. This year the show will be gaining a brand new set and we're delighted that our fabulous touring cast from last year- Sophie Alice, Andrew Mudie, Catriona Mackenzie and Jake Addley - will be returning to the show.
A new adventure
9 Dec 2016
We are very excited to announce that next year we will be creating a brand new family show for ages 4+ based on the short stories of Oscar Wilde to premiere in the West End in Autumn 2017. The show is created in collaboration with Nimax Theatres and Dominic Dromgoole's new Classic Spring company - for more information take a look at this article from The Stage. We can't wait to get started!
‘Tis the season…
6 Dec 2016
It's our busiest time of year and by tomorrow we will have five shows open around the country. We're very excited for the return of Emily Brown and the Thing which will be in Didcot, Oxfordshire; meanwhile festive favourite The Snow Dragon will be up in Stockton-on-Tees and Milton Keynes. Room on the Broom will be at Stratford Circus in London and then Birmingham Rep before whizzing off on the UK tour in the new year. The Snail and the Whale can be found adventuring in Deptford at the Albany and The Gruffalo is enjoying Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue - the last chance to see the furry monster in the West End before he heads back home to the wood!
A very warm welcome to Lucy Troy who joins our team this week as our new Admin and Production Intern. Lucy will be helping us out with our busy upcoming Christmas season. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Natalia now have new job titles - Charlotte is now General Manager and Natalia is now Creative Coordinator. Exciting times!
Emily Brown selected for USA showcase
6 Sep 2016
We are delighted to announce that our production of 'Emily Brown and the Thing', based on the book by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton, has been selected to perform at the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase in January 2017, held in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. We can't wait to introduce this show to America! All the selected shows at Showcase can be seen here.
We are recruiting
16 Aug 2016
We are currently looking to recruit an Admin and Production Intern to join our team from October until January. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with stage or production management experience who is also keen to gain experience in an office environment. This is a paid internship, full-time at our office in Highgate. Head over to the Work With Us page for more information!
Somehow we have already reached the middle of July, which means that August, and the Edinburgh Fringe, is just around the corner. Tall Stories has been taking shows to the Fringe for the last twenty years and this year we have two offerings:
This week 'The Gruffalo' returns to the West End to spend the summer at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue and we have been enjoying playing to lovely audiences so far. We are especially pleased to welcome to the theatre several classes of primary school children who have been given complimentary tickets as part of the show's Free Schools' Tickets Initiative.
Happy birthday Gruffalo!
20 May 2016
Last week marked the 15th birthday of our production of 'The Gruffalo'! To celebrate, the book's author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler joined us at the Lyric Theatre for a special performance featuring past and present cast members. An invited audience of local primary school children took part in a Q&A session with the cast, which was followed by a reception with some amazing Gruffalo cakes!
This month The Gruffalo's Child takes a break from the road to go back into rehearsals. We are midway through this year's UK tour and so we are freshening up the show and we've got some fantastic new costumes as well.
This August 'The Snail and the Whale' will be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe, where the show began four years ago. We are excited to be back at our favourite venue the Pleasance from 3rd to 21st August and we are looking forward to bringing the show to a new generation of Fringe audiences!
This year we are celebrating 15 years of 'The Gruffalo' on stage! The show has come a long way since its first performances in 2001 and we are very pleased to be returning to the Lyric Theatre in the West End for a summer run this year. Like last year, we will be taking part in Kids' Week, which offers 2-for-1 London theatre tickets to families throughout August.