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The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Lyric TheatreThe tea-guzzling Tiger pounces back into the West End in this truly magical Olivier Award nominated production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, opening at the Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on Wednesday 25th November 2015 and running throughout Christmas to Sunday 10th January 2016.

Adapted and directed by David Wood OBE, Judith Kerr’s ferociously popular tale The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a grrreat musical play and if you’ve never had a Tiger arrive for tea before, then this loveable production is the perfect way to show the whole family how to behave the next time one rings the doorbell.

When Sophie and her mummy welcome the hungry Tiger to tea, he proceeds to eat all the sandwiches, buns, biscuits and more. He even manages to drink all the water in the tap! What will Sophie’s Daddy say when he gets home? The Tiger Who Came to Tea is the perfect slice of teatime mayhem with sing-a-long songs, oodles of magic and interactive fun for children ages 3 plus and their families.

David Wood is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children, whose many successes include: The Gingerbread Man, eight Roald Dahl adaptations, including West End hits The BFG, The Witches and George’s Marvellous Medicine; and the Olivier Award winning Goodnight Mister Tom.

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 furry, stripy tiger!

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr, designed by Susie Caulcutt and movement director Emma Clayton. The Tiger Who Came to Tea features performances from Abbey Norman (Sophie), Jenanne Redman (Mummy), Benjamin Wells (Daddy/Milkman/Postman/Tiger), Stephanie Summers (Understudy/ASM) and Harry Howle (Understudy/ASM).

Benjamin Wells on The Tiger Who came To Tea
What do you enjoy most about being a part of The Tiger Who Came to Tea?
The audience. Being able to see our young audience, mostly first time theatregoers, get wrapped up into our story with big beaming smiles across their faces is very special and rewarding. They get very involved in the show, which is great, and hopefully they go home loving the theatre and want to come back many more times to come.

You play a number of roles in the show – do you have a favourite and why?
It has to be the Tiger, even though he doesn’t speak he communicates a lot with the audience and the other characters through mime. The Tiger costume is fantastic, and the reaction he gets from the crowd when he comes through the door nearly always gives me goosebumps.

What makes it such a popular show?
I think partly because the book is so popular and has been for generations, thanks to Judith Kerr’s wonderful timeless story and partly because David Wood is a genius. He knows exactly how to create a show that keeps true to the book and how to engage children and adults alike into a magical story telling world where the fantastical could almost be true.

Why should everyone put The Tiger Who Came To Tea on their ‘must-see’ list?
It’s a children’s classic brought to life with fun characters, catchy numbers, amazing magic, and a peckish life sized Tiger. Everyone will leave the theatre with a big smile on their faces.

Fun facts about The Tiger Who Came To Tea!

  • Music – The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Judith Kerr.
  • Mayhem – Although the tiger in the book speaks, the Tiger in the show does not, preferring to cause mayhem through physical comedy and movement.
  • Magic – The show contains magical illusions – see how many you can spot!
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea was first performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in 2008, prior to a national UK tour. The production has since gone on to tour nationally and internationally, playing three smash-hit summer seasons in the West End, Christmas seasons at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre, as well as sell-out dates in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Bahrain.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea
The 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.


  • Neil Cheesman

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