The Gruffalo
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About the Show

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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Critic Reviews (10)

The Huffington Post
October 18th, 2015

"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."
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Time Out London
November 27th, 2013
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."
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The Independent (UK)
January 5th, 2011
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."
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Express UK
November 29th, 2013
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."
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BritishTheatre.com
July 6th, 2015
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."
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T
August 14th, 2010
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."
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What's On Stage (UK)
April 15th, 2014
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."
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New Mum Online (UK)
November 23rd, 2013
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."
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Bambino Goodies
March 29th, 2010
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."
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Coventry Telegraph
December 1st, 2014
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."
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