What better way to entertain the kids than a trip to see a classic story brought to life at the theatre? The Tiger Who Came to Tea, written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, has been entertaining children since 1968 and my three-year-old loves the book. So we leapt at the chance to see it on the London stage.
The excitement had reached fever pitch by the time we arrived at the Vaudeville Theatre on Saturday morning. The normal chaos of a theatre foyer was multiplied but we corralled the kids to their seats.
The stage set is immediately recognisable from the book and the production does an excellent job of capturing the look and feel of the original. The show itself is a joyous blend of music and speech that expands on the book’s content. Plenty of audience participation is encouraged and most of the kids had no problem maintaining concentration for the hour-long show.
The highlight was inevitably the arrival of the tiger to squeals of delight as well as – it has to be said – the odd scream. It wasn’t long though before almost everyone was enjoying the tiger’s antics.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea is in London throughout the school holidays and there were some empty seats even at the Saturday performance we went to. Fans might also be interested in the Judith Kerr Retrospective exhibition now on at the V&A Museum of Childhood.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea , Vaudeville Theatre until 4 Sep 2011. Book Tickets