Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Gruffalo Live At The Lyric Theatre in London Review

The Gruffalo is a story that has been around for nearly 20 years after it was written by Julia Donaldson. It has become a modern classic and the story of the Gruffalo's encounter with the little brown mouse in the deep dark wood draws children and adults in to it.

We were invited to attend the Lyric Theatre in Shaftsbury Avenue at the weekend to join in the fun and to help the mouse to outwit the animals in the deep dark wood before she finally outwits The Gruffalo. The show is really bought to life with the acting skills of Ellie Bell as the mouse, Charlie Guest as the fox, the owl and the snake.Steve McCourt plays the lovable Gruffalo. It has the audience interacting with the show, making it as though they are part of it too.  This year celebrates the 15th year of Gruffalo Live and it is as popular today as it was when it first hit the theatres.

For many children these days, it is so much easier for kids to switch on a smart phone or tablet and watch something like Netflix, and I often wonder if the magic of proper stories are disappearing. This is why going to the theatre with children is so good, It brings a book to life like you would never see it on the TV. Going to the theatre encourages kids to use their imagination.

On Saturday we arrived at a packed theatre and we were shown to our seats, ready for the show to start. The show only has three actors so the stage isn't crowded and the set is simple, so there isn't too much to distract the audience from the show. Tilly and her friend both thoroughly enjoyed the show and there was so much child participation with roars coming from all of the from all of the children (and some adults)  in the audience. The Gruffalo's costume looks simple and not scary for the small people in the audience, andyou could see all of the effort put into the costumes to make the Gruffalo look like the charactor in the book, right down to the purple prickles on his back. The Gruffalo is 55 minutes long, meaning it is just long enough to catch their attention, but the time seemed to go so fast because you are drawn into the story. So I asked Tilly what she liked about the show and this is what she had to say

''I liked the part where the gruffalo picked the mouse up and put her on his back and I liked it when the mouse was clever to all of the animals and they were scared of her''

The Gruffalo is showing at The Lyric Theatre from now until 8th January 2017, tickets are available from here and they start at £15.10 (babies under 18 months are free). They also have some special showing for children with special needs. This is often important for parents and I applaud the theatre for giving this option to the children.
  • British Sign Language 22nd July 2pm
  • Audio-described 28th July 11am
  • Relaxed Performance 9th August 2pm
So what are you waiting for? This is the perfect day out with the summer holidays coming up and mums & dads will love it as much as the kids, because there are some jokes that the kids won't get.

"Following a hugely successful West End run with The Gruffalo, Tall Stories returns with a magical adaptation of the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's beloved sequel The Gruffalo's Child. Playing a limited winter season at the Lyric Theatre, features plenty of music and interactive fun to keep tiny theatregoers engaged - and grown ups too! For more information and tickets, please visit:"

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