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Review: The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Theatre Royal Haymarket

19 December, 2019 — By Angela Cobbinah

Jocelyn Zackon, David Scotland and Lizzie Dewar in The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Photo: Robert Day

AFTER celebrating its 10th anniversary on stage last year, David Wood’s charming adaptation of Judith Kerr’s picture book returns to the West End for Christmas.

It turned out to be the “purrfect” treat for my four-year-old companion, who sat there oddly still as one of her favourite books sprang into life, with its faithful recreation of the 1950s kitchen, and curiously sedate family life.

Judith Kerr wrote the book as a bedtime story for her three-year-old daughter and this might explain why she got it just right; a mixture of surreality and matter-of-factness as the doorbell rings and in bounds a tiger.

Unlike the book, this tiger doesn’t talk but makes his demands known to Sophie and her mum through exaggerated body language, and though polite is also sly in a humorous sort of way.

There are plenty of pantomime-style interludes that go down a treat as children join in the fun, singing along to the songs and at one point standing up and mimicking the tiger’s exercise moves. Recommended for ages three plus. Running time 60 minutes.

Until January 19, 2020
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