Tickets are selling fast for best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved tale The Gruffalo (Macmillan Children’s Books) live on stage at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 15 – 26 November 2017. Direct from London’s West End and Broadway, the new production for little ones tells the story of a mouse who heads off on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood.
UK theatre company Tall Stories and Australia’s CDP Theatre Producers - the team behind the stage adaptations Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo’s Child - will bring to life the popular and award-winning book in a colourful play full of songs, laughs and fun for children aged three and up, and their adults.
Having sold more than 13.5 million copies worldwide, The Gruffalo book has fast become a family favourite in households across Australia. The success led to a film adaptation and UK adventure park ride. There is also a Gruffalo trail in the Forest of Dean, England.
Conceived in 1999 and premiering in 2001, Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book has toured the UK, Europe, North America and Asia– including runs in London’s West End and on Broadway.
Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad snake. Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when she comes face to face with the very creature she imagined?
“The Gruffalo is a contemporary children's classic. This fabulous little David and Goliath tale is the best combination of joyous and hilarious and a teensy bit scary. Come and join us in the Deep Dark Wood where snakes salsa, owls march and foxes get out-foxed.” says Liesel Badorrek (Australian/NZ Associate Director)
Julia Donaldson is one of the world’s most popular children book authors and The Gruffalo is her best-selling book. It has sold more than 850,000 copies in Australia and more than 13.5 million copies worldwide. Julia was appointed UK Children’s Laureate 2011-2013 and received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to literature.
Axel Scheffler is the best-selling, award-winning illustrator of many of the world’s favourite picture books including The Gruffalo's Child, Pip and Posy, Room on the Broom and Zog. His career as an illustrator of children’s books began more than 22 years ago; since then Axel has achieved worldwide acclaim and his books have been translated into more than forty languages.
CDP Theatre Producers, the team behind the premiere book adaptations of The 13, 26 & 52-Storey Treehouse, Snugglepot & Cuddlepie, Horrible Harriet and Mr Stink, is an award-winning independent theatre production house specialising in boutique theatre of the highest quality.
“Funny, charming and smart… brings the house down.” Sydney Morning Herald
“Beg, borrow or steal tickets. Your kids will love you for it.” Stage Whispers
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
15 - 26 November
15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 26 November 10am & 12pm
17 November, 10am 12pm & 6pm
19 & 25 November 10am 12pm & 3pm
21 November 10am
Auslan Interpreted Performance: 22 November 10am
*Relaxed Performance: 23 November, 12pm
Recommended for children ages 3+
Tickets www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183
*Relaxed performances are designed for people with disability, sensory and learning challenges. Including lowered lighting and sound at certain points, a quiet area and an open door policy, audience members can be themselves in a non-judgemental environment.