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The Tiger Who Came to Tea is roaring back into theatres for a major UK tour in 2017. The truly magical Olivier Award nominated West End production opened on Wednesday 15 March at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford and will visit a further 35 venues until the end of August 2017.

Adapted and directed by David Wood OBE, Judith Kerr’s ever popular tale, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, is the ideal introduction to theatre for children aged three plus and the perfect treat for the whole family.

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? 

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Join the Tiger, Sophie and her Mummy and Daddy, in this musical slice of teatime mayhem with sing-a-long songs, oodles of magic and interactive fun.

David Wood is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children, whose many successes include: The Gingerbread Man, Guess How Much I Love You, 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 much loved book by Judith Kerr, designed by Susie Caulcutt, movement director Emma Clayton and Music Arranger / Supervisor Peter Pontzen, starring Abbey Norman (Sophie), Ashley Tucker (Mummy), Harry Howle (Daddy/Milkman/Postman/Tiger), Katie Arundell (Understudy/Wardrobe) and Jacob Jackson (Understudy/ASM). The Tiger Who Came to Tea is produced by Nick Brooke Ltd.

Watch the trailer at: 

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Fun facts about The Tiger Who Came to Tea!

The Show

  • MusicThe 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 designed by the President the Magic Circle, Scott Penrose.
  • 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 four 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.

David Wood

  • David Wood has been writing plays for children and families for almost fifty years and his productions are seen all over the world. Visit his website for more information.

Judith Kerr

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea book published in 1968, is a perennial favourite and has been read by several generations. It tells the story of a tiger who invites himself to tea and eats and drinks all the food and water in Sophie’s house.
  • Author Judith Kerr will celebrate her 94th birthday in 2017.
  • In 2008, Judith Kerr approached Seven Stories (The National Centre for Children’s Books) to house her archive. Her work is regularly exhibited nationally.
  • Her extraordinary archive, the most significant collection of artwork by a single illustrator in the Seven Stories Collection, spans 70 years, and includes childhood paintings, drawings from her student days, and finished artwork for most of her published books, including The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea will be at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre from 21st to 23rd August.

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