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#FreshOffTheStalls ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ (Lyric Theatre, London)

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a great big hug of pure charm. This unexpected guest will have you grinning from whisker to whisker.

Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea gets the West End treatment and can now be seen live on stage this seasonal period. Despite the book being published in 1968, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is still one of Britain’s most loved and read children’s books. Now 92, Kerr, is also the author of the classic Mog the cat series, who is currently causing a commotion this Christmas over at Sainsbury’s.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is adapted by David Wood, who has also adapted several other well known children’s books for stage, including Roald Dahl’s The BFG, The Witches, and George’s Marvelous Medicine, as well as the Olivier Award Winning Goodnight Mr. Tom, which is returning to the Duke of York’s theatre this year. Wood’s adaptation of The Tiger Who Came to Tea first premiered in 2008 at the Bloomsbury Theatre, and has since had many celebrated returns as well as tours around the UK and Australia, and has had sell-out dates at the Sydney Opera House, and in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea features music, song, and even touches of magic, with illusions by Scott Penrose who co-created Cirque de Soleil’s Kooza, as well as spell-binding effects for West End shows such as The Ladykillers and Spamalot!. Susie Caulcutt’s set and costume design stay true to Kerr’s original illustrations, bringing the pages of this cherished tale to vivid life.

Co-producers for The Tiger Who Came to Tea are Nick Brooke Ltd and Kenny Wax, who have also been behind stage versions of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea plays at the Lyric Theatre, London, W1D 7ES, until 10 January 2016. Tickets are £18.50 – £22.50 (concessions and family rates available). To book visit www.thetigerwhocametotealive.com.

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