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The Tiger Who Came To Tea at the Lyric Theatre – Review

The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Lyric TheatreAs I waited for the show to begin, I focused on what I could remember from reading this all-time favourite classic and how it could be presented live on stage to a group of noisy and excited children.

As the clock ticked, we waited for each of Sophie’s visitors to arrive.  The audience at the Lyric Theatre eagerly waited for the eventual arrival of, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

All the children in the auditorium (and some parents too) jumped for joy when they saw the characters arrive on stage from the much-loved illustrated book by Judith Kerr. The combination of humorous catchy songs, dances and book resembling costumes, delighted everyone for 55 minutes.

The low-tech set, with a kitchen which included a fridge, a cupboard, and table/chairs kept the attention on the characters at all times, without being distracted by a big show-stopping scene change.

The panto style of each arrival built up from the milkman to the ‘he’s behind you’ screams with the Tiger, kept all the children amused. Although the recommended age is 3+, you could get away with younger aged children providing the book has been read and understood.

The stage production with song and dance gives a bit more fun to the story in the book. The children really enjoyed the show and my young cousin couldn’t help but join in with all the very panto style actions! She loved it and said it was “amazing”.

A must-see for all fans of Kerr’s immensely successful book.

4 stars


Review by Harry Cunningham

Nick Brooke and Kenny Wax proudly present
Hold on to your biscuit tin, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is roaring back into the West End for a smashing Christmas season!

Join Sophie and the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem….expect to be surprised! Adapted for the stage by David Wood OBE, undisputedly the leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Lyric Theatre
29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Running Time: 55 minutes
Age Restrictions: Suitable for ages 3+ (For guidance only)
Babes in arms comps for children under 18 months available for collection from the Lyric Box office on the day of the performance.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea tickets for Theatre Royal Haymarket.


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