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About the show

In this musical adaptation by Tall Stories, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved picture book is brought to vivid life on stage. The Gruffalo has delighted sell-out audiences around the globe and offers a wonderful introduction to the theatre for even the smallest of Gruffalo fans.

Follow our hero Mouse into the deep, dark wood on a quest for tasty hazelnuts. Along the way, Mouse meets many a peckish predator: first Fox, then Owl and finally Snake. To be sure of staying off their dinner plates, Mouse distracts them with her cunning plan, the tale of the Gruffalo. Things take an unexpected turn when Mouse discovers her mythical beast may be more than just a story!

This popular show is based on the award-winning book by former children's Laureate Julia Donaldson. It is just one in a collection of beloved stories which includes 'The Gruffalo's Child', ‘Room on a Broom’, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. Inspiration for the gorgeous set of The Gruffalo is taken from Axel Scheffler’s distinctive illustrations featured in the original picture book.

Since its successful premiere back in 2001, The Gruffalo has toured across the world, enjoying acclaimed runs in London, Asia, the Sydney Opera House and on Broadway. With a 55 minute running time, and jam-packed with comedy, music, interactivity, physical theatre and fun, the show is designed with mini attention spans in mind and is guaranteed to keep young theatre-goers heartily entertained.

Tall Stories is an exciting company whose work has set the benchmark for children’s theatre. Co-Artistic Director Olivia Jacobs takes the helm by directing this production, and the result is a perfect example of storytelling for youngsters – with unforgettable characters and just the right amount of scariness!

Don't miss out on this charming tale when it returns to the West End this summer. The Gruffalo runs at London's Lyric Theatre from 6 July 2019 until 8 September 2019.

Who Should See It?

Fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's gorgeous original story will be delighted to see Mouse and Gruffalo live on stage. The Gruffalo is the ideal way to introduce little ones to the world of theatre.

The show is designed for children aged 3 and up. However, a babes in arms policy operates, allowing parents to bring younger children to the show. Babes in arms tickets can be obtained from the box office on the day.

Playing at

Lyric Theatre
29 Shaftesbury Avenue
Seating Plan

Lyric Theatre seating plan

Booking period

3rd Jul 2019

8th Dec 2019

8th Sep 2019

Running time

55 minutes with no interval


Recommended for ages 3+