The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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© Jane Hobson

Jenanne Redman (Mummy), Benjamin Wells (Tiger) and Abbey Norman (Sophie) 

© Jane Hobson

Abbey Norman (Sophie), Benjamin Wells (Tiger) and Jenanne Redman (Mummy)

Delightful reworking of the much-loved book, which really soars whenever the tiger comes out to play

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.


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