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The Gruffalo

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Having delighted British audiences with their musical adaptation of the award-winning book, children's theater Tall Stories comes to New Victory with sing-along songs, slapstick comedy and scary fun for little ones.

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Mouse takes a stroll in the deep, dark wood, and along comes smirking sly Fox, eccentric old Owl and maraca-shaking Snake—all hungry for our little friend! To scare them away, Mouse invents 'The Gruffalo,' an imaginary creature with "terrible tusks, and terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws!" But have no fear, for don't you know? There's no such thing as a Gruffalo...

 

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The Huffington Post

"On the everything-old-is-new again front, the play adaptation of 'The Gruffalo,' the latest incarnation of the acclaimed children's book at New Victory Theater, is a winner...The musical, with engaging, occasionally interactive songs, hits the right note among the audience. Based on an ancient Chinese folktale, 'The Gruffalo' is a perfect story for ages 4-8. It's funny, but also trumpets smarts." Full Review

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The Independent (UK)

for a previous production "There's an inescapable feeling of Playschool Puritanism about it all...What I like about the show is its watertight structure, its way of getting an audience to roar for very good reasons and the way the two actors create an instant vaudeville atmosphere with their vocals and versatile fill-in narrative passages. They make a real play of it." Full Review

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Express UK

for a previous production "Children's theatre specialist Tall Stories has managed to add some songs and dialogue and dance action to extend the piece without wrecking its essence. Donaldson's language is intact and this undemanding but zesty show is just the ticket for children who think that a soft plush toy is a really cool present." Full Review

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Time Out London

for a previous production "Director Olivia Jacobs has created a version that’s as fun and as fantastical as the original...Much must also be said for the show’s brilliantly silly take on the characters.. There aren’t many surprises here, and the songs do go on a bit, but, if your kids loved the book, they’ll likely love this show." Full Review

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The York Press (UK)

for a previous production "Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler’s picture-book story takes only five minutes to read, but Tall Stories have spun the yarn into a 50-minute musical marvel...Actors Lum and particularly Garrud have fun with a script whose knowing comic edge appeals to the adults and gives Toby Mitchell’s production a winning quirkiness." Full Review

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BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "'Matilda' this show is not – the original and the adaptation are thin fare in comparison with the disturbing and multi-layered creations of Dahl and his later creative adapters. But on its own terms this show achieves exactly what it sets out to do and fully deserves the appreciation of reviewers, whether aged eight or eighty." Full Review

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What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production "The play remains true to the original tale but is peppered with song, dance, and pantomime that more than maintains the attention spans of it's intended 2-years target audience during a manageable and magical hour of entertainment." Full Review

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Coventry Telegraph

for a previous production "The show has enough of the well-loved familiar phrases from the book to delight its young audience, with some roaring, catchy songs and choreography thrown in – and enough witty asides to keep the older viewers entertained." Full Review

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New Mum Online (UK)

for a previous production "All of the actors give believable child-friendly upbeat energetic performances. It is a show that children and adults will both love and to be highly recommended if you are fans of the book." Full Review

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Bambino Goodies

for a previous production "The production contains plenty of songs, laughs and best of all shouting out. Milla (33 months) happily sat through the whole show and from what we saw the other audience members were equally entranced. I would say it works well for its pitched audience of 3+ as well as being fun for those a little younger." Full Review

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