The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Time Out says
Friendly warning! We're working hard to be accurate. But these are unusual times, so please check that events are still happening.
'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' returns for Christmas 2019. This review is from the 2011 run.
Those of a certain generation will remember having 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' read to them as a child, and the warm, familiar and comforting charm of the illustrations that accompanied it.
David Wood's stage adaptation of the book beloved by children for 40 years is a delight from start to finish, imaginatively weaving songs, humour and audience participation together to give a loyal account of the tale: the set and costumes are wonderfully low-tech and faithful (down to the checks on Sophie's tights), the actors charming and inviting, the storytelling clever and suspenseful.
Mr Tiger's entrance generated squeals of excitement thanks to a great costume and some 'killer' moves and the production's deviations from its source feel inventive and organic. It offers lively engagement for an audience of under-fives, with regular bouts of 'Behind you!' and 'All together now!', simple, catchy songs ('Yummy, yummy sausages, / Scrummy, scrummy chips!') and captivating props.
Sometimes, the days of my youth – when it was okay to eat crisps, sausages, chips, ice cream and cakes, all washed down with bright orange squash – can seem a long time ago. Being able to enjoy them all over again, with a new generation, is really something special.