Judith Kerr’s classic tale of a Tiger who drops in on Sophie and her mummy for a spot of tea is brought to life at the Theatre Royal this Autumn, in a stunning musical stage production. This delightful production has come from the West End amid rave reviews and I can see why.

Production photo of The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Theatre Royal Brighton

Any production aimed at young children has to be spellbinding, interactive and lively, at 55 minutes I was a little concerned our nearly four-year-old would grow restless but I needn’t have been, she sat raptured throughout. The story begins with Sophie’s Daddy being late for work again and nearly putting his shoes in the toaster in the process! The set let the characters move around freely and the songs and routines kept the momentum going throughout. When the milkman dropped in, he made all the children (and adults) laugh with his funny produce and facial expressions. Sophie and her mummy were charming and their songs really lifted the play. The star of the show though was (as in the book) the Tiger, his magnificent costume and funny dancing made us all laugh. When tea time came around we got to see at first hand the greedy tiger eating and drinking everything in sight, whilst Sophie and her Mummy look on aghast.

Production photo of The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Theatre Royal Brighton

Fans of the original story will be pleased to see that this stage adaptation has meticulously stuck to the book, bringing to life the characters of Sophie, her mummy, daddy and of course the tiger in glorious colourful detail, even their costumes are exactly as in the book. Some really clear stage props brought some extra magic to the show, with disappearing sandwiches and cakes, the children were left open mouthed to see the greedy Tiger devour everything! I think the songs really brought a new element to the story, they were so catchy and we loved the fact that the cast encouraged the audience to join in along with movements which made sure no-one got restless. This is a magical, spellbinding production that audiences young and old will love. When we asked my daughter her favourite bit she replied “everything” couldn’t have put it better myself!

The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road Brighton BN1 1SD
Next performances: Saturday 21st September 11:00 & 14.00

Caroline

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