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23 June 2012


The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Saturday 23rd June 2012

This much loved children's story by Judith Kerr has been sensitively adapted into an hour long tour de force of ideal children's entertainment by David Wood OBE.  Currently on national tour, it stopped in Chelmsford for a couple of days, playing to three packed out houses of appreciative young families.  

Beautifully crafted songs are woven artfully into the familiar story, engaging the children with actions and sing-a-longs throughout.  The bright, simple set housed some wonderfully staged moments of cupboards being magically emptied by the hungry tiger, to gasps from the absorbed young audience.  

Consistently excellent performances from the small cast played every moment to the children, without feeling patronising.  The mischievous tiger of the title was much anticipated through the early part of the story, but was well worth the wait as his presence brought squeals of excitement throughout the theatre.

A fantastic adaptation, produced and performed perfectly for their target audience, this wonderful production is well deserving of it's family entertainment Olivier award nomination.  

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