If you are a parent, you are probably familiar with the the story The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr. It has become one of the classics of modern children’s literature and is much-loved by children and their parents.
We have borrowed it from the library on several occasions and it is definitely a family favourite. The story tells the tale of a little girl named Sophie. One very ordinary day, while having tea with her Mummy, there is a knock at the door and who should it be, but a tiger. This could have been a somewhat grizzly tale, but fortunately this is an extremely polite tiger and he simply wants some tea – the only problem being, he eats rather a lot.
Recently, we went to see a dramatised production of the story at The Cadogan Hall in London. We have been wanting to take T to the theatre for a few months now, and when we spotted this production was on, we knew she would love it, and we weren’t disappointed!
The show begins with a welcome from the actors, and they quickly capture the children’s attention with some audience participation. They extended the beginning of the story by starting at the beginning of the day and including some things which are referenced in the story, such as Daddy returning for his forgotten keys (“it can’t be Daddy because he’s got his key”), and a visit from the milkman and postman (the postman being an addition, but in keeping with the story).
This is followed by the main part of the story, which in the play takes the middle section. The tiger costume is fantastic, and is designed to look very much like the illustrations in the book. The choreography for the tiger is excellent, and his movement really contributes to the character. T’s favourite part was (of course) the food mysteriously disappearing from the plates (and the pans, and the fridge, and the cupboards) accompanied by loud glugging and gobbling noises!
The return of Daddy, which is just a few pages in the book, was extended with the visit to the cafe, and the shopping trip the following day to restock the cupboards, which completes the story.
Throughout the production there was much audience participation, including panto-style “he’s behind you”, Tiger Aerobics, and singing.
We all loved the performance, and if money was no object, I would go again tomorrow! Five stars! We will definitely be keeping an eye out for future family productions at Cadogan Hall. The final show at Cadogan Hall is on 4 September, but if you’re quick, there may be one or two tickets left. The performance is also showing at Cambridge Arts Theatre 20-25 September, so if you’re nearby, it’s really worth a visit.
Disclaimer: All pictures courtesy of Cadogan Hall. This is not a sponsored post, we just really loved the show!