An illustration of the Gruffalo a big hairy, smiley horned creature. Text says The Gruffalo live on stage, tall stories
Sat 28 May - Wed 1 Jun

The Gruffalo

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!

Venue: Pentland Theatre

"Just as enjoyable for parents as it is for children... couldn't recommend this enough" ★★★★★ West End Wilma (Read full review)

"An interactive sensation for both kids and parents alike" ★★★★★ Birmingham Mail (Read the full review)

"The Gruffalo is the perfect intro to theatre for kids" ★★★★ The Londonist  (Read the full review)

"An entertaining musical version of the popular picture book [with] tuneful songs… and engaging, gently pantomimic interaction." The Stage (Read the full review)

"This show achieves exactly what it sets out to do and fully deserves the appreciation of reviewers, whether aged eight or eighty." ★★★★ British Theatre

"A master-class in timeless, interactive storytelling that blends adventurous imagination with whimsical original music to capture the hearts and minds of its young audience." ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

"The cast of three uses an expressive physicality and minimal props to bring the story to wonderful life… The gently witty songs keep the action bouncing along… This is an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity." ★★★★ The Times

"A fine piece of children’s theatre." ★★★★ Sunday Times

"This zesty show is just the ticket!" ★★★★ Daily Express

"This play develops Donaldson’s words with perfect understanding… This whimsical, imaginative show is pitched at just the right level for three to seven-year-olds, as well as the ‘ugly big ones’ they have brought along with them… This show is an absolute delight… It is a rare treat to find a show that really is for all the family, but this is one which cannot be commended enough for its spot-on achievements." ★★★★★ The Scotsman

"Monstrous fun … sparks the young imagination … Hugely popular already and deservedly so, this is enthralling entertainment for the youngsters …" ★★★★ Sunday Herald

"Julia Donaldson’s tale of a clever mouse who outsmarts its enemies is an absolute peach of a story. And thankfully, children’s theatre company Tall Stories have done the author proud…" ★★★★★ The List

 "Brought to life in a raucous, fun, colorful and altogether welcoming burst of energy… Tall Stories makes an as near perfect kids show as you can get." Official London Theatre

"Tall Stories have transformed a well-loved story into an exuberant, funny show" Time Out London (Top 5 children’s shows)

Ages 3+
Running Time: 55 minutes (no interval)

The performance on Tue 31 May at 2pm is a Relaxed Performance and BSL Interpreted

Relaxed performances are open to everyone but are particularly suitable for people with sensory, communication or learning disabilities, and anyone who would benefit from a less formal environment. Audience members should feel comfortable making noise and moving around as and when they need to. Relaxed Performance Guides are available to download here.

Audio Description will be available at the performance on Tue 31 May at 2pm. To book for this performance, please call the Box Office on 020 8369 5454 or email so that we can discuss your seating requirements and allocate a headset/s. Please note that headsets must be booked in advance.

A Touch Tour is taking place on Tue 31 May, 1pm to allow audience members to familiarlise themselves with the set. If you'd like to come along, please email by Mon 30 May, 12pm.

Tickets from £9
Group Discounts may apply to this event. Please contact the Groups Department at for more information.

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Dynamic pricing applies to this event. This means that the price of individual seats may increase based on demand, so it's best to book early.

In line with government guidelines, we have returned to full capacity for events and seating for this performance is not socially distanced. As of Thursday 27 January 2022 it is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering in indoor public settings, but we encourage you to do so during your visit. Read more about how we’re Welcoming You Back Safely.

Booking Info

Tickets from £9

Ages 3+


Pick & Mix
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Book 4 or more shows, save 20%
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