The Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre tickets
The Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre tickets

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About the show

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s famous picture book comes to life on stage in a captivating musical adaptation by Tall Stories. Having played to sell-out audiences across the world, The Gruffalo returns to London's Lyric Theatre for another summer season. It offers a fun and fitting introduction to the theatre for even the littlest of Gruffalo fans.

Come along as Mouse sets off on a daring journey into the dark woods in search of food. It's not long before Mouse bumps into Owl, Fox and Snake. These slippery predators have rumbling tummies, and Mouse must devise a cunning plan in order to avoid becoming dinner. She distracts them with the terrifying story of the Gruffalo, a formidable creature who is half grizzly bear and half buffalo. But is this mythical beast really just a product of Mouse's imagination?

This popular show was based on former children's Laureate Julia Donaldson’s book of the same name which is just one in a collection of well-loved stories, including 'The Gruffalo's Child', ‘Room on a Broom’, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. Inspiration for the set of The Gruffalo is taken from Axel Scheffler’s iconic illustrations that feature in the original picture book.

Since its 2001 premiere, The Gruffalo has toured worldwide, with lauded runs in London, Asia and Australia's Sydney Opera House as well as Broadway. With a smooth 55 minute running time, and spilling over with comedy, interactions, music and physical theatre, The Gruffalo is designed especially for mini attention spans in mind.

Tall Stories is a pioneering company creating inspiring children’s theatre. Direction for this show comes from co-Artistic Director Olivia Jacobs.

A perfect example of storytelling for youngsters with just the right level of scariness, The Gruffalo shouldn't be missed. It runs at Lyric Theatre on 3 July 2019 until 8 September 2019.

Recommended for

Children who adore Julia Donaldson’s book will love this slick stage adaptation, which is will also delight the whole family.

The production is aimed at children aged 3 and up, but the show also operates a babes in arms policy, which allows parents to bring younger children to the show.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for ages 3+

Dates and times

Running time: 55 minutes with no interval
Opened: 03 Jul 2019
Booking from: 07 Sep 2019
Booking until: 08 Sep 2019

Location and map

Lyric Theatre
29 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7ES

34 Reviews Add review

I took my granddaughters who are 4 years old and we all loved it, good interaction with the kids (getting them involved)

deborahv 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

LOVED THE SHOW! The characters were hilarious. You could feel the anxiety from the kids when they knew the gruffalo was imminently... More

anuszkap 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Amazing show! We loved it, great story telling and kept us interested all the way through, funny characters and loved the songs. Loved... More

joannep4 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Great show for children and some entertaining moments for adults. My little girl loved it and is still going on about it.

juliev3 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really well produced and acted. There could probably been maybe one less song at the beginning but otherwise really enjoyed it!

angelam24 1 review, 0 helpful votes

lisav1 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic show. The cast had everyone engaged & joining in right from the very beginning & plenty of ad libs for the grown ups! Well... More

clairefranklin 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I recommend the show, the acting was brilliant and it was sometimes funny for grown ups too!

aikaterinil 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The actors are very professional and the show was so funny and so engaging. My 3-year old was laughing a lot and she still talked about... More

tinnies 1 review, 0 helpful votes