Last weekend we were invited to see The Gruffalo Live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. As a family we are huge fans of Julia Donaldson books, and the TV adaptations that have followed so I thought the children – and parents – would love this show.
The Gruffalo Live is only an hour long and doesn’t have an interval. I thought this may cause the children to lose interest but I needn’t have worried – the show kept them entertained throughout and really is the perfect length for a family show.
I was impressed that The Gruffalo Live only has three actors who change costumes to portray the different characters as well as the storyteller. Each of the characters are true to the book in both looks and personality – they have done a great job of transferring the characters from the books to the stage.
I was unsure how they would bulk the story of The Gruffalo out to be nearly an hour in length as even The Gruffalo TV adaptation is only half an hour but with the help of many songs, sing along aspects and dances the show kept the great story of The Gruffalo but added many scenes that had us and the children laughing, singing along and even dancing. It really was a fantastic show.
Not much can keep a two year old and four year old entertained but The Gruffalo Live managed it. There were parts where the children got very slightly scared but it all added to the story – and there was plenty to laugh about afterwards. The Gruffalo Live was a great addition to a family day in London and something that children will all really enjoy – and be talking about for weeks afterwards.
The Gruffalo Tickets are from £12.50 and is showing until 3rd January.
Disclosure: We were invited to see the above show for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.