The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Review

On 23rd December we were really lucky to be invited to see The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Birmingham Town Hall. It runs until January 14th so there is still plenty of time to catch it.

Based on the Book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, it is adapted for stage with songs by David Wood OBE. It runs for about 55 minutes with no interval.

Photo Credit: Alistair Muir

The book is aimed at younger children and My Little Man has been reading it at school. I knew that my older girls would love it too because when it’s live on stage with lots of fun and music, it doesn’t really matter what age you are.

If you’ve not read the book the basic story is that a mother and daughter, Sophie are spending their day at home when suddenly a very hungry, very thirsty Tiger turns up unexpectedly. He is also a very charming Tiger and the mother and Sophie are happy to oblige him and offer him all kinds to eat and drink…until he leaves the house totally empty…what will they do when Daddy gets home from work?

The show is fast moving and lively with lots of songs. There is also a lot of audience participation which the children love and we all got to learn and join in with a song about Sausages and Chips.

As always, Birmingham Town Hall is a nice venue with fold up seats which are comfortable and viewing is good, with booster seats available for the younger ones. Refreshments are available in the coffee bar and I was happy to find they were not overpriced. There are lots of stairs but lifts are available and there is a place to leave your pushchairs safely.

There is also a relaxed performance of the show for children on the autistic spectrum, with learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorder on January 11th 2015 at 3p.m.

Photo Credit: Robert Workman

Disclaimer: We were given tickets to see the show for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 Comment

  1. January 7, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    Oh, I have a friend who went to see it and really enjoyed it, too. I like that there's no interval, as my kids would sit through that performance, but the interval starts to make Little Man fidgety and it can then get tricky in the second act!

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