On Saturday I was lucky enough to take two very excited boys across London to the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue to see one of their favourite books- The Tiger Who Came to Tea – brought to life on stage.
‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr has been one of our favourite books, forever. On its national tour in 2012 I took my daughter, and now with the boys having developed the same love for the book, it was great to have the opportunity to see it on stage again. As a musical play adapted and directed by David Wood the characters are instantly recognisable. Featuring performances from Abbey Norman (Sophie), Jenanne Redman (Mummy) and Benjamin Wells (Daddy/Milkman/Postman/Tiger), this was a high energy performance with lots of audience interaction.
Like their sister before, the boys were positive there was a possibility they would be scared of the Tiger. And of course nothing could be further from the truth.
The characters were introduced to the audience as they walked through to reach the stage, so the atmosphere was relaxed from the outset. So much humour was created in the build up to Sophie having tea that there wasn’t any possibility of anything but fun as the tiger’s arrival drew close.
The boys loved every moment, they were singing along, mimicking actions to songs, and giggling with glee.
And of course, I was enthralled too. I was enthralled in their enjoyment, but also in the creation of a 55 minute production which seemed to end too soon.
Every detail of our favourite book was recreated, and every moment, and every song included in the theatre version is a match. Adding something to the wonderful tale.
And as we arrived back in South Wales that evening the boys were still singing they “could hardly believe it’s true, but it happened to me and you…”.
And maybe, just maybe, I was singing along with them.
The perfect introduction for little ones to the theatre, a wonderful reality of a favourite tale.
‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ is at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London until 10th January 2016 with tickets online.
Disclosure: We received complementary tickets for the performance for the purposes of this review. All opinions and views contained are our own.