You may not have seen one since your favourite film was 'Pinocchio', but there's no denying the nostalgia-pricking joy of a well-produced puppet show. So where to see one? Here's our guide to the best puppet shows currently playing on London's small stages.
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'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' will play Cadogan Hall in August 2016. This review is from the 2015 run. As my son and I wait for the curtain to rise on David Wood’s stage adaptation of the beloved Judith Kerr book, I wonder how my iPad-savvy four-year-old will react. Will the slight tale of a tiger’s appetite cut it compared to the whizzing pixels that kept him entertained on the train up?I shouldn’t have worried: the warm blend of humour, simple, catchy songs and delightful costumes kept him enthralled for the entire 50-odd minutes.The book I remember from my own childhood springs to life: the low-tech set and detailed costumes boast the same charm as the original illustrations, particularly the titular tiger who is as charismatically ravenous as I remember. The inevitable additions to the source feel inventive and organic with a midpoint dance routine particularly hitting home. Things slow a little whenever the striped star is off stage, but that just builds the anticipation for his return. A cross-generational hit then, that’s over too soon for both of us. BY: MARCUS WEBBRead more