The Gruffalo's Child

2016 Tour. UK. Ages 3+


Adapted from the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

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

But 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?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up, and their adults…

‘Fun, daft and a little scary!’ Time Out ****

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Sequels are notoriously tricky affairs, rarely living up to their original. But once again, children’s theatre company, Tall Stories have proved they’re incapable of staging a bad show. This clever adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s picture book is every bit as funny, charming and innovative as The Gruffalo.

When Gruffalo junior sets off through the woods to find the infamous ‘Big Bad Mouse’, he meets the same cast of forest-dwellers his dad did last time. A debonair snake, eccentric owl and wide-boy fox – all of whom are played by Liam Lane, a master of characterisation.

One catchy tune follows another, as the talented cast drive the show along with unremitting gusto. Above all, The Gruffalo’s Child is fun, easy to follow and captivating for young wandering minds – in short, everything good children’s theatre should be.

The List *****

Perfect children’s entertainment

The Scotsman ****

Fun, daft and a little scary!

Time Out ****

A fun-packed furry treat for toddlers and their families ****

An enchanting production

The book has been effortlessly translated to the stage and is likely to prove just as popular as the original… In many ways this is better than the original stage version.

Brighton Evening Argus

Now, keep up at the back. In The Gruffalo, the much-loved picture-book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the eponymous monster was bested by a clever little mouse. In this sequel, lovingly and simply brought to the stage by Tall Stories TC, Gruff junior wants to see for herself whether Dad is telling the truth about this now-legendary rodent.

Although the running time is a toddler-friendly 50 minutes, that’s still something of a stretch for 76 lines of cute rhyming verse. Adaptor Toby Mitchell has fleshed out the action and director Olivia Jacobs involves her enthusiastic cast of three in some inventive storytelling as they scamper through the revolving trees in a variety of roles.

Morag Cross makes a wonderfully comforting narrator as she talks us through the mini-monster’s daring journey into the deep, dark wood. Angela Laverick’s Gruffalo is an irrepressible ball of energy in a furry jumpsuit and the nursery school children behind me particularly appreciated Rowan Talbot’s continual reappearance as different animals.

The little guy wins through and might isn’t proved to be right: what better message could Gruffa-holics of all ages take away with them?

Evening Standard ****

Audience feedback

A big thank you to the wonderful Gruffalo’s Child team. Have just been to the fantastic performance at Prestons Charter Theatre. Absolutely enchanting adaptation with amazing scene setting, songs and action. Once again Tall Stories; you have brought another JD book alive. Thank you!!!

Leon, Audience Member

Saw The Gruffalo’s Child at Warwick Arts Centre this afternoon. Congratulations to the amazing cast and production team. What a wonderful show. Great adaptation, professionally delivered and above all, a lot of fun. Many thanks and would thoroughly recommend.

Peter, Audience Member

We absolutely loved your “Gruffalo’s Child” and absolutely want to know about every other show you do (especially any you bring to New York City). The three actors were amazing and adorable. The set was gorgeous. What a marvelous experience.!

Niki, Audience Member

I watched the Gruffalo’s child in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada today and, both my three year old and I were enthralled by the performance.

Rekha, Audience Member


The Gruffalos Child

Adapted by the company from the picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books)


Catriona Mackenzie

Gruffalo’s Child

Sophie Alice


Duncan Macinnes


Oliver Swinton

Company Stage Manager

Julian Millard


Olivia Jacobs

Creative producer

Toby Mitchell

Associate director

Bryony Shanahan


Isla Shaw

Lighting designer

James Whiteside

Puppet designers

Yvonne Stone and Polly Laurence

Musical directors

Jon Fiber


Morag Cross and the company

Scenic construction

KW Props


Pip Hazell and Victoria Jarrett

Puppet construction assistant

Vikki King


Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw


Jon Fiber, Andy Shaw and Olivia Jacobs

Music production and recording by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for Shock Productions

Additional musicians

Bass guitar: Ben Epstein
Drums: Tom Meadows
Fiddle: Pete Cooper

Thanks to:

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler; everyone at Macmillan Children’s Books; everyone at our touring venues; Lenny Peters and Ben Richardson; Caroline Beckman; all at Finchley Progressive; all at the Compass Theatre, Ickenham; all at Quicksilver; all at All Saints Arts Centre; the Tall Stories board members.
This show is for Freddie.

Previous team members


Morag Cross (original production), Hilda Gardner, Luanna Priestman, Alice Parsloe, Abbey Norman, Lesley Cook, Ellie Bell, Sally-Ann Staunton

Gruffalo’s Child

Angela Laverick (original production), Sarah Thomas Lane, Caroline Garland, Karina Garnett, Marie-Therese Devine, Ellie Bell, Yvette Clutterbuck, Sarah Kameela Impey


Alex Perkins (original production), Rowan Talbot, Liam Lane, Felix Hayes, Stuart Slavicky, Owen G Bevan, Harry Lobek, Philip Yarrow, Tom Crook, Duncan Macinnes, Alex Scott Fairley

Fun and games

Click the links below to download activity sheets. More fun and games are available on our Gruffalo page.

Gruffalo’s Child Jumping Jack
Gruffalo Mask
Gruffalo Features Sheet


Education Pack

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Please credit the illustration as ‘Copyright Macmillan Children’s Books’ and the photos as ‘Copyright Tall Stories’.


Previous casts

Please credit these photos as ‘Copyright Geraint Lewis’.


Please credit these photos as ‘Copyright Tall Stories’.

Previous dates

2005 onwards: UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, USA

Please note, dates run in reverse order.

UK TOUR 2016


11-12 Crewe Lyceum
14-16 Preston Guild Hall

XMAS 2015

26 Nov to 3 Jan Warwick Arts Centre

North America Tour 2015

April 2015

6-10 The Smith Center for Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV
12 & 14 Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA
17-19 & 21 Sergerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
23-25 & 27 Alaska Junior Theater, Anchorage, AK
30 Tulsa Performing Arts Centre, OK

March 2015

20-21 Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing, MI
25 Lutcher Theater, Orange, TX
30-31 Mesa Arts Center, AZ

February 2015

3 Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, N. Miami Beach, FL
5 Duke’s Energy Center for the Arts, St Petersburg, FL
9-14 Kravis Center for Performing Arts, W.Palm Beach, FL
18 Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ
21 Milton Centre for the Arts, ON, Canada
22-23 Burlington Performing Arts Centre, ON, Canada
28 Centre in the Square, Kitchener, Canada

March 2015

1 Oakville Centre for Performing Arts, ON, Canada
4-5 Owen Sound Little Theatre, ON, Canada
7 The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON, Canada
8-9 The Grand Theatre, Kingston, Canada
11 Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, NY
13-14 Tribecca Performing Arts Center, Manhatten, NY
17 Macomb Center for Performing Arts, Warren, MI
19 Center for Performing Arts, Detroit, MI

International Tours 2014

14 -21 Jan 2014 The Drama Theatre, National Library Building, Singapore

2 – 16 Feb 2014 Hong Kong Performing Arts Centre, Hong Kong

18-23 March 2014 The Madinat Theatre, Dubai

24- 29 March 2014 Al Jaheli Theatre, AFOC, Abu Dhabi

UK & Ireland Tour 2013

September 2013

1 Theatre Royal, Nottingham
6-8 Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
13-14 Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

August 2013

2-4 New Theatre, Cardiff
7-11 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
13-14 Floral Pavillion, New Brighton on the Wirral
16-18 Palace Theatre, Southend
21-25 Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
27-28 Oakengates Theatre, Telford
29-31 Theatre Royal, Nottingham

July 2013

1 The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
3-7 Richmond Theatre, London
9-10 Grand Theatre, York
18-21 Civic Theatre, Darlington
23-25 New Theatre, Hull
27-29 Regent Theatre, Ipswich

June 2013

1-2 The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, NI
7-9 Millenium Theatre, Derry, NI
11-13 Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
15-16 The Octagon, Yeovil
17-18 Grand Theatre, Swansea
29-30 The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

May 2013

1 Radlett Centre, London
5-6 The Northcott Theatre, Exeter
7-8 Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
10-11 Billingham Forum, Billingham
12-13 Lochgelly Centre, Fife
15-19 Arts Centre, Cambridge
22-23 Beck Theatre, Hayes
25-26 Arts Depot, London
28-31 Lyric Theatre, Belfast, NI

April 2013

1-3 New Victoria Theatre, Woking
5-6 De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea
9-11 St Georges Hall, Bradford
12-13 Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
15-16 Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury
21-22 Theatre Royal, Winchester
25-28 Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
30 Radlett Centre, London

March 2013

1-2 The Hawkswell, Sligo, Ireland
3-4 Cork Opera House, Ireland
8-10 University Concert Hall (UCH), Limerick, Ireland
11-12 Pavillion Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
14-17 Rose Theatre, Kingston
18-19 Grand Theatre, Lancaster
22-24 The Corn Exchange, Newbury
25-26 Hexagon, Reading
28-30 The Playhouse, Norwich

February 2013

1-2 The Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
3-4 Town Hall, Loughborough
6-7 Forum 28, Barrow in Furness
8-9 Victoria Theatre, Halifax
10-11 Churchill Theatre, Bromley
13-14 The Derngate, Northampton
15-17 The Haymarket, Basingstoke
19-20 Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishops Stortford
22-23 Theatre Royal, Newcastle

January 2013

28-29 Guildford Live, Guildford
31 The Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

XMAS 2012

22 Dec to 16 Jan Birmingham Town Hall


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XMAS 2011

11 Dec to 1 Jan ArtsDepot, London


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Spring/Summer 2011 UK

July 2011

01-02 Yeovil Octagon

June 2011

27-29 The Orchard, Dartford
24-26 The Rose, Kingston
19-20 Buxton Opera House
16-18 The Swan Theatre, Wycombe
08-11 Theatre Royal, Plymouth
01-04 West Yorkshire Playhouse (The Quarry Theatre), Leeds

May 2011

31 West Yorkshire Playhouse (The Quarry Theatre), Leeds
28-29 Dorking Halls, Dorking
24-25 New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
20-21 North Wales Theatre, Llandudno
17-19 The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford
13-14 The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough
11-12 Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
07-08 The Capitol, Horsham
05-06 Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishops Stortford

April 2011

28-30 Derngate Theatre, Northampton
23-24 Theatre Royal, Norwich
19-21 The Haymarket, Basingstoke
16-17 Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
14-15 Sheffield Lyceum
11-12 Harrogate Theatre
9-10 The Grove, Dunstable
04-05 Connaught Theatre, Worthing
02-03 Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

March 2011

27-28 Oakengates Theatre, Telford
25-26 Liverpool Playhouse
21-22 Blackwood Miners’ Institute
18-20 Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
15-16 Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
05-06 Gala Theatre, Durham
03-04 Lakes Leisure, Kendal

February 2011

25-27 Cheltenham Everyman
21-22 Broxbourne Civic Hall
17-19 Greenwich Theatre, London
03-13 DBS Arts Centre, Singapore

January 2011

14-20 Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong


XMAS 2010

11-17 Dec Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh
21 Dec to 9 Jan Leicester Curve


DUBAI 2009

25 Mar-1 Apr Madinat Theatre

December 2008

4-6 The Lights, Andover
11-14 Trestle, St Albans
16-20 Laurence Batley, Huddersfield
23, 27, 28 Hextable Dance

Xmas 2007

Arts Theatre, London

November 2007

1- 3 Wolverhampton
6-7 Eastbourne Winter Gardens
8-10 King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
16-18 Everyman, Cheltenham

October 2007

4-6 Forum Theatre, Billingham
9-10 The Capitol, Horsham
14-16 Skegness
18-20 Preston Guild Hall
21-23 Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
26-28 Civic Centre, St Albans
30-31 Peterborough

September 2007

16-18 Queens Theatre, Barnstable
21-23 Derby Assembly Rooms
27-30 Swindon

August 2007

1-4 New Theatre, Cardiff
9-12 Theatre Royal Glasgow
17-19 Connaught, Worthing
21-25 Palace Theatre, Southend
28-30 Greenwich Theatre
31-2 Sep The Grove, Dunstable

July 2007

5-7 Theatre Royal, Brighton
18-22 Truro
26-29 Oxford Playhouse

June 2007

8-10 North Wales Theatre, Llandudno
13-16 Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford
20-23 Cambridge Arts Theatre
26-27 Colchester
28-30 Richmond
30-2 June Theatre Royal Bath

May 2007

4-6 Churchill Theatre, Bromley
7, 10-12 The Lowry, Salford
16-19 Wycombe Swan Theatre
22-26 Belfast Grand
28 Bournemouth

Apr 2007

3-4 The Point, Eastleigh
11-14 Chelmsford Civic Theatre
27-29 Churchill Theatre, Bromley

March 2007

4 Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
8 Paisley Arts Centre
10-11 Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
15-17 Buxton Opera House
18 Maltings, Ely
21-25 Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
30 The Hawth, Crawley
31 Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

February 2007

2-3 Theatre Royal Winchester
4 The Junction, Cambridge
5-7 York Grand Opera House
9-10 Jackson’s Lane, London
13 Norwich Arts Centre
14 Mill Arts Community Education, Banbury
15 Civic Centre Aylesbury
18 Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
21 Wintergardens, Eastbourne
22 Compass Theatre, Ickenham
23 Stamford Arts Centre

January 2007

27 Croydon Clocktower

Xmas 2006

5 Dec to 6 Jan Warwick Arts Centre
11 to 30 Dec Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton

November 2006

3-5 Pegasus, Oxford
6 The Welfare, Ystradgynlais
8 Wyeside Arts Centre
10 Rhyll International Pavilion
11 Theatr Hafren, Newton
12 Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan
17-18 Forum 28, Barrow in Furness
19-21 Rosehill Arts Centre, Whitehaven
28-2 Dec Phoenix, Leicester

October 2006

21 Cranleigh Arts Centre
23-27 Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells

August 2006

4-28 Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe

July 2006

5-29 Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

June 2006

3 Mansfield Palace Theatre

May 2006

20 Tricycle, Kilburn
23-24 The Brindley, Runcorn, Cheshire
27 & 30 Lyric, Hammersmith
31-2 June The Egg, Bath

April 2006

3-5 Corn Exchange, Newbury
10-17 MacRobert, Stirling
23 The Albany, Deptford
28-29 The Warehouse, Croydon

March 2006

8-26 Pleasance Islington, London

February 2006

15-19 ArtsDepot, London
21-26 Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

January 2006

7 Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton

Xmas 2005

Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead

26 October to 12 November 2005

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

International dates


February – May 2015

May 2015

1 Tulsa Performing Arts Center, OK
6 Victoria Theater, Dayton, OH
8-9 Overture Center, Madison, WI
12-16 Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR



May – July 2015

May 2015

25-30 Glen Street Theatre, Belrose

June 2015

1-2 Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford
5 Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
9-13 QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane
15 The Events Centre, Caloundra
19 Tamworth Town Hall
22 Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree
27 Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana

July 2015

30 Jun – 5 Jul State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth
10-11 Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
14-19 National Theatre, Melbourne
22 The Capital, Bendigo
23 Riverlinks, Shepparton
24 The Cube, Wodonga
27-28 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra
29 Sutherland Entertainment Centre

Access performances

Tall Stories are committed to making sure our productions are accessible and open to everyone. Below are a list of access performances for The Gruffalo’s Child

BSL Signed Performances

Open to all, but will be signed by a British Sign Language interpreter for families and children with hearing impairments. The interpreter is integrated into all of our shows and so will move around the stage with the performers.

Audio Described Performances & Touch Tours

Open to all, but will use audio description for families and children with visual impairments.

Touch Tours are specifically for families/children with visual impairments. As part of the audio described performance, audience members will have the opportunity to touch the set & costumes before the performance in order to firm up the detail of the performance and engage with the show.

Relaxed Performance

Relaxed performances are designed for families and children with special needs. They are designed to provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs who require a more relaxed environment. There may be small changes to the show such as to the lighting and sound.

Access Performances for The Gruffalo’s Child

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The Gruffalos Child

February 2016

6-7 E M Forster Theatre, Tonbridge tickets
11-13 The Hawth, Crawley tickets
16-21 Rose Theatre Kingston tickets
23-25 The Core at Corby Cube tickets
26-28 The Haymarket, Basingstoke tickets

March 2016

2-3 The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness tickets
4-6 The Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield tickets
8-13 Theatre Royal, Bath tickets
15-20 The Playhouse, Norwich tickets
24-26 The Lighthouse, Poole tickets
29-3 April The Arts Theatre, Cambridge tickets

April 2016

1-3 The Arts Theatre, Cambridge tickets
5-10 Nottingham Theatre Royal tickets
11-13 West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds tickets
15-17 Hamilton Town House, South Lanarkshire tickets
19-20 Venue Cymru, Llandudno tickets
21-23 Chelmsford Civic tickets

May 2016

20-21 Gulbenkian, Canterbury (on sale soon)
24-25 Theatre Royal, Plymouth tickets
26-27 Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple tickets
28-29 Loughborough Town Hall tickets

June 2016

2-5 The Curve, Leicester (on sale soon)
14-15 Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (on sale soon)
21-22 Marina Theatre, Lowestoft tickets
23-24 The Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn tickets
25-26 The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe tickets
28-3 July Nuffield Theatre, Southampton tickets

July 2016

1-3 Nuffield Theatre, Southampton tickets
6-8 Dublin Pavilion (on sale soon)
15-17 Radlett Centre, London (on sale soon)
19-20 Lanark Memorial Hall tickets
22-24 New Theatre, Cardiff (on sale soon)
27-28 Hall for Cornwall, Truro (on sale soon)
30-31 Floral Pavilion, New Brighton (on sale soon)

August 2016

6-7 Victoria Theatre, Halifax tickets
10-4 September The Lowry, Salford Quays tickets

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