Magazine article The Spectator

Walk on the Wild Side

Magazine article The Spectator

Walk on the Wild Side

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If, like me, you are allergic to pantomime ('Oh, no you're not!'; 'Oh, yes I am ! ') then help is at hand : the Gruffalo is in town and strutting his stuff, to the delight of legions of tiny fans, at the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue until 12 January.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved verse fable tells of a feisty, wily mouse who goes for a stroll in a 'deep dark wood' where he confronts his demons. Having encountered and outsmarted a series of peckish predators by inventing the Gruffalo, a black-tongued, orange-eyed monster, he comes face to face with (and outwits) his own terrifying fantasy creation.

It's a tall order to translate a five-minute story into a 55-minute piece of theatre that will hold children's attention, but Tall Stories' musical adaptation just about pulls it off. …

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