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Interview with Abbey Norman from the The Tiger Who came To Tea

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA Abbey Norman plays the little girl, Sophie, Jenanne Redman, her mummy, and Matthew Dudley, the tiger, Sophie's daddy, the Milkman and the Postman. Photograph © Jane Hobson
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA – Abbey Norman plays the little girl, Sophie, Jenanne Redman, her mummy, and Matthew Dudley, the tiger, Sophie’s daddy, the Milkman and the Postman. Photograph © Jane Hobson

The Tiger Who Came To Tea, the Olivier nominated musical play, adapted from the book by Judith Kerr has come straight off a West End run to Cadogan Hall for a limited season from Saturday 6th August to 4th September 2016.

In the cast, playing the role of Sophie, is Abbey Norman. Abbey recently took time out to answer a few questions about The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

You are reprising your role as Sophie in The Tiger Who Came to Tea. What do you enjoy most about being a part of the production?
There are so many things I enjoy about being a part of this production. Being part of the Tiger Who Came to Tea is like being a part of a family. We are a small team and working with the producers, creative team and the cast is always a joy. It’s such an honour to be bringing such an iconic book to life and the fact that all of us take that privilege very seriously makes it such a lovely production to be a part of. Of course getting to wear Sophie’s famous tights and getting to have tea with a tiger daily is pretty special!

Is the fourth wall firmly in place for the show?
The fourth wall definitely has more than a few bricks missing for our show. There are many points were we directly address the audience and get them to be involved in the action too. It’s very inclusive and fun and hopefully the audience feel as much a part of the story as we do.

For you – what is at the heart of the story?
I think the heart of the story is that extraordinary things can come from very ordinary situations. With a little bit of imagination we can all turn the mundane into something magical. I hope this message from the story, and from our production, encourages our audiences to go home and have some fun making their own extraordinary stories with some imaginative play.

If you could choose any other book to stage adaptation (or a new one) – which would it be?
There was a book which I loved as a child called ‘The Mouse and his Child’ by American author Russell Hoban. It’s a surreal adventure story about a clockwork mouse toy who just wants to be part of a family. The world depicted in the book is so vivid and bizarre and the characters so odd and yet endearing that I would love to see it brought to life. I think it would prove a huge headache for a designer, but would be amazing to see recreated on the stage.

Abbey Norman returns to plays Sophie. Her family and children’s theatre experience includes Maisy’s Treasure Hunt, The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr Benn and Robin Hood (Nuffield Theatre Southampton), The Book of the Banshee (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford & tour), Dick Whittington (Harrogate Theatre) and Guess How Much I Love You, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child (West End, international tour). Other theatre includes Pygmalion, The Importance of Being Earnest, Charlie’s Aunt, The Maintenance Man, A Murder is Announced and The Chair Women (Riverside Studios & European tour); and for film, Traveller, the forthcoming feature film starring David Essex. Abbey also sings in the vintage three-part harmony group ‘Some Swell Sisters’.

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Packed with oodles of magic, sing-along songs and clumsy chaos, this is a stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood based on the book by Judith Kerr.

Approx. 55 minutes (no interval)

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

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