The Gruffalo

Michaela Hall | 28-Aug-2018
Presented by CDP with Tall Stories, the much loved tale based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler returns to Melbourne with a season at the Athenaeum Theatre.
Venue: Athenaeum Theatre
Address: 188 Collins Street Melbourne
Date: 2 - 6 October, 2018
Time: various
Ticket: $34 - $39
Buy / Ticket: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=THEGRUFF18
Web: www.athenaeumtheatre.com.au
Call: (03) 9650 1500
The Gruffalo 2017 cast pic. Photo: Heidrun Lohr
After sell-out seasons across the world including London's West End and Broadway, much-loved tale The Gruffalo returns to Melbourne, playing at Athenaeum Theatre from 2 October "“ 6 October 2018 as part of a national Australian tour.

Whether their favourite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, audiences eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators.

Adapted from Julia Donaldson's Gold Award-winning children's book, The Gruffalo stage production follows Mouse into the deep dark wood on the hunt for hazelnuts. Armed with just a nut map and a very vivid imagination, Mouse runs into the smirking, wheeler-dealer Fox; an eccentric, retired Woodland Air Force General Owl and the maraca-shaking, party animal Snake. Rather than becoming the main course of their next meal, Mouse kills their appetites with stories of an imaginary monster friend. But what happens when Mouse comes face to face with the very creature she imagined?

In a production that has become the toast of London's West End, UK theatre company Tall Stories and Australia's own CDP vibrantly reinvent this delightful tale through their signature style of bold, multifaceted storytelling.

A trio of bright new performers - Kyle Kaczmarczyk (Narrator/The Gruffalo), Shannen Sarstedt (Mouse) Hayden Baum (Narrator/The Predators) - fill the forest with colourful characters and toe tapping, sing-along songs. Audiences will be dazzled with brand new sets and costumes when the return season entices fans with the magic of the deep dark wood.

The heart-warming sequel, The Gruffalo's Child will take Melbourne audiences on another monster adventure at the Athenaeum Theatre from 11 -22 December 2018.

"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

"While your children are having a whale of a time... you will too!" Courier Mail

The Gruffalo
Venue: Athenaeum Theatre
Date: 2 - 6 October, 2018
Tickets: $34 - $39
Bookings: (03) 9650 1500, www.athenaeumtheatre.com.au or Ticketek
Duration: 55 mins

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups...

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