Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Vaudeville Theatre review - a instant hit with kids

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Till 4 Sept 2011
Vaudeville Theatre
404 Strand
London WC2R 0NH
Box Office: 0844 412 4663
Book online now
"A ring at the door, who can it be?"

Parents who are into sharing bedtime stories with their young ones would be well acquainted with Judith Kerr's The Tiger Who Came To Tea. The children's classic is all about an otherwise typical afternoon tea a young girl (Sophie's the name) is having with her mum when the doorbell rang. Their guest is none other than a large docile stripy tiger who is feeling a bit peckish (and could do with some tea that is).

For some reason, LO is captivated by the big orange cat and the book never fails to placate her when she's onto one of her moods. So we thought it would be a treat to bring her to The Tiger Who Came To Tea that is currently playing at Vaudeville Theatre along Strand.

David Wood's The Tiger Who Came To Tea musical runs for 55 minutes with no interval, which is just about right for a kid's attention span. Even then, I was fascinated about how the show stretched the original story (all 30 pages of it dominated by pictures) and yet kept to the spirit of the storyline.


Before long, the kids were clapping and joining in the singing with eyes transfixed on Tiger's every move. Abbey Norman (Sophie) with her high pitched but crystal clear voice was utterly convincing as the little girl depicted in the book. Alan Atkins (Father) with his timbre voice and slick slapstick dance moves came across as more jovial than kindly but no one was complaining about that as it was all good fun.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea official trailer


While The Tiger Who Came To Tea is clearly for young children, I thought it would be a bit trying for kids above the grand old age of six. Anyone younger than that would be yelling their hearts out throughout the show. As for the adults, as long as the little ones are enjoying themselves, why not?

The Tiger Who Came To Tea is playing at Vaudeville Theatre till 4th September. Call box office at 0844 412 4663 or book online.

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