We all know and love The Gruffalo (and if you don’t where have you been for the past 18 years), so when we heard it was coming to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go.
The Gruffalo has pretty much been part of Luca’s life since he was tiny. He even has a few of the characters in teddy form. We have both the book and the film and no matter how many times we read or watch it, it never grows old.
It really is an iconic book of childhood now so we were really intrigued to see what the adaptation by Tall Stories would be like. As we sat and waited for the performance to begin Luca could barely contain his excitement.
It’s safe to say it really didn’t disappoint. It was lively throughout and the characters did a great job of drawing the audience in. There was lots of audience participation too, with the children having to help by roaring as loud as they could and filling in the infamous lines from the book.
The theatre production does stray slightly from the book but in a wonderful way. It’s very family friendly, with jokes and little bits added for the adults to enjoy as well as the little ones. Luca was gripped throughout and laughed his socks off at the hilarious snake character when he slithered onto the stage in all his bedazzled glory.
Once the mouse had made its way through the deep, dark wood and the Gruffalo finally made his appearance he too was far from a disappointment. He roared for his life but he was also funny and lovable, meaning it wasn’t at all scary for the smallest ones there.
The songs were catchy and had us tapping our feet and singing along, the characters were funny, and the ambience was friendly and fun.
At 55 minutes it was the perfect length for Luca to sit through without getting bored. It certainly left an impression too as he went home with a huge smile on his face and told everyone about it.
Tall Stories have also made adaptations of more Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler books, like The Gruffalo’s Child, The Room on the Broom and The Snail & the Whale. We enjoyed The Gruffalo so much we are hoping to go see some of the others if we can.
The Gruffalo is aimed at ages 3+ and is running at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 25th July – 30th July. I’d really recommend it, it would make a perfect activity during this awful weather we are having. You can book tickets here
*Disclaimer – we were very kindly given our tickets in exchange for this review, however as always all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own*