Friday July 14 - Sunday July 16
1.30pm Fri, 10.30am Sat, 10.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm Sun
Theatre Royal
Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND
£10.00 - £12
All Ages - All Ages

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…

Tickets go on sale 9am Monday 19 December

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

The Theatre Royal invited us to see The Gruffalo on Friday 14th July 2017 at 1:30pm. We sent a three and a half year old and her mother.

Before the action begins, the audience are confronted with large trees filling the stage, gentle music and a chorus of birdsong is playing – not quite the “deep dark wood”….yet. But things are not as they seem in this much-loved tale of appearance and reality. The lights dim, and a cast of three – the mouse, a story-teller and an actor who, with the help of clever costumes, transforms in to the various animals the mouse meets along the way – begin to convince us that there really is much to be afraid of in the wood.

The story of the mouse who narrowly avoids being eaten by inventing a tale of the ‘Gruffalo’ with his “terrible teeth and terrible jaws” is helped along with the use of music, clowning and elements of pantomime. Each animal has a song of their very own; the mouse informs the audience of his/her quick-thinking, positive character in which anything is possible, a mouse can have “the cheese and the biscuit too.” The fox delivers a bouncy tune and dance. The owl has a military march-style number perfectly suited to the ‘Woodland Air Force’ of which he is a member, and the snake has a Cha Cha Cha melody that had everyone smiling. The range of musical styles helped the young audience understand the animals’ different motives for wanting to eat the mouse.

Audience participation was positively encouraged and our young reviewer boo-ed, aw-ed and roared with gusto, thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to get involved as the story unfolded. The roaring did get raucous and off-cue at times, but it was a good reflection of how much the show was being enjoyed.

After much anticipation, enter the Gruffalo – costume to suit his much-feared description. He leapt around with great energy, and delivered his song with the very catchy line “Guh Guh Guh Gruffalo.” Feared yet completely loveable, the Gruffalo dutifully refrains from gobbling up his favourite food and sets about following the mouse on his quest to show that “everyone is afraid of me”. Happily, the mouse dupes all the animals in the wood with ease, and deservedly gets his much sought-after nut (after many nut-related jokes, “To be or nut to be” for example).

The audience left smiling, the mouse succeeded and for many hours post-show, our young reviewer was encouraging anyone she encountered to sing “Guh Guh Guh Gruffalo.” Sometimes the little creatures in life are highly influential.

SM and IM for Mumsnet Nottingham

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