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London's Tall Stories Theatre Company Returns to Sydney with THE GRUFFALO Tour

Whether their favourite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, audiences eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators, which returns to Sydney after sold out seasons in 2010 and 2011.

London's Tall Stories Theatre Company have toured in Britain, Europe, America and beyond with their monster hit THE GRUFFALO and this "transformation of a well-loved story into an exuberant, funny show" (Time Out, London) has been an even bigger hit in Australia, with sold-out seasons and a prestigious 2009 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Children.

Adapted from the Gold Award-winning children's book, THE GRUFFALO follows Mouse into the deep dark wood on a lunchtime hunt for hazelnuts. Armed with just a nut map and a very vivid imagination, Mouse runs into the smirking, wheeler-dealer Fox; an eccentric, retired Woodland Air Force General Owl; and the maraca-shaking, party animal Snake. Rather than becoming the main course of their next meal, Mouse kills their appetites with stories of an imaginary monster friend. Little does this clever critter know but Mouse will have to escape the jaws of this faux protector as well. In a production that has become the toast of London's West End, Tall Stories vibrantly reinvents this delightful tale through its signature style of bold, multifaceted storytelling.

A triumphant trio of performers, Stephen Anderson, Chandel Brandimarti and Graeme McRae, fill the forest with colourful characters and toe tapping, sing-along songs. This monster of a show beautifully captures the magic of Donaldson and Scheffler's adored "modern classic" (The Observer). The Australian production has attracted critical acclaim, with the Sydney Morning Herald calling it "funny, charming and smart... brings the house down", while the Courier Mail said "While your children are having a whale of a time... you will too!"

For more information visit: www.cdp.com.au/gruffalo.html

THE GRUFFALO SEASON INFORMATION

Venue: Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Chippendale
Date: 25 June - 5 July (during school holidays)
Performance times: Tues 25 June 11.30am & 1.30pm, then Tues, Thurs & Fri 10am & 12 noon, Wed & Sat
10am, 12noon & 2pm
Price: $26, Groups 6+ $21, special prices for education groups
Bookings: www.seymourcentre.com.au or 9351-7940

Venue: Glen Street Theatre, Belrose
Date: 9-13 September
Performance times: Wed - Fri 10.30am & 1pm, Sat 10am and 12 noon
A Q&A session will take place after the 1pm show on Thurs 11 Sept
Price: $20/ Group pass (2 adults and 3 children) $70
Bookings: www.glenstreet.com.au or 9975-1455



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