The Gruffalo's Child (5 stars)

  • 17 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Sequels are notoriously tricky affairs, rarely living up to their original. But once again, children’s theatre company, Tall Stories have proved they’re incapable of staging a bad show. This clever adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s picture book is every bit as funny, charming and innovative as The Gruffalo.

When Gruffalo junior sets off through the woods to find the infamous ‘Big Bad Mouse’, he meets the same cast of forest-dwellers his dad did last time. A debonair snake, eccentric owl and wide-boy fox - all of whom are played by Liam Lane, a master of characterisation.

One catchy tune follows another, as the talented cast drive the show along with unremitting gusto. Above all, The Gruffalo’s Child is fun, easy to follow and captivating for young wandering minds - in short, everything good children’s theatre should be. (Kelly Apter)

Assembly Rooms, 226 2428, until 28 Aug (not 15), 2pm, £7.50-£8.50 (£6.50-£7.50)

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