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The Gruffalo Coming to the North Island

( Christine Dunstan presents a Tall Stories Production of THE GRUFFALO RETURNS TO THE NORTH ISLAND

“exudes charm, fun and a winning simplicity” – Dominion Post

The West End production of the monster hit children’s tale The Gruffalo returns to New Zealand’s North Island this August and September for an extensive 12 centre tour.

Whether their favourite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, audiences eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators.

The Gruffalo opens at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna on Saturday 13 August, before heading to Whangarei, Kerikeri, Tauranga, back to Auckland for West Auckland’s Going West Books and Writers Festival 2011 and to show at Manukau’s Telstra Clear Pacific Centre, then on to Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupo, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Napier and Palmerston North.

London’s Tall Stories Theatre Company have toured in Britain, Europe, America and beyond with this transformation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved story and the show has been an even bigger hit in Australia, with sold-out seasons and a prestigious 2009 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Children.

Adapted from the Gold Award-winning children’s book, The Gruffalo follows Mouse into the deep dark wood on a lunchtime hunt for hazelnuts. Armed with just a nut map and a very vivid imagination, Mouse runs into the smirking, wheeler-dealer Fox; an eccentric, retired Woodland Air Force General Owl; and the maraca-shaking, party animal Snake.

Rather than becoming the main course of their next meal, Mouse kills their appetites with stories of an imaginary monster friend. Little does this clever critter know but Mouse will have to escape the jaws of this faux protector as well.

In a production that has become the toast of London’s West End, Tall Stories vibrantly reinvents this delightful tale through its signature style of bold, multifaceted storytelling.

This triumphant trio of performers fill the forest with colourful characters and toe tapping, sing-along songs capturing the magic of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s adored modern classic

“The cast of three bring the story to wonderful life … an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity” – The Times (London)

“funny, charming and smart… brings the house down” – Sydney Morning Herald

“This whimsical, imaginative show is pitched at just the right level … clever storytelling … enchanting characterisation … a rare treat that really is for all the family” – The Scotsman

The Gruffalo is at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna on 13-16 August, Whangarei’s Forum North on 17 August, Kerikeri’s The Centre on 18 August, Auckland’s Glen Eden Playhouse, Glen Eden on 20th and 22nd August, Auckland’s Telstra Clear Pacific Centre, Manukau on 23 August, Tauranga’s Baycourt Community and Arts Centre on 27-28 August, Rotorua’s Civic Theatre on 30 August, Taupo’s Great Lake Centre on 31 August, Hamilton’s Founders Theatre on 2-3 September, New Plymouth’s Theatre Royal on 6 September, Napier’s Municipal Theatre on 8 September, Palmerston North’s Regent on Broadway on 10 September.

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Media Release 7 July 2011.



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