Images: Heidrun Lohr
The audience took a stroll through the deep dark wood, they saw a show and the show was good. One of my children’s favourite bedtime tales (or anytime tales) The Gruffalo  has landed on the Playhouse stage at the Sydney Opera House in time for the school holidays.

A fabulously funny musical production that follows the exploits of mouse as he makes his way through the woods hunting for hazelnuts and managing to outsmart predator after predator by scaring them with legends of a terrifying creature known as a Gruffalo; will mouse’s tall tales save his tail? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo… is there?

A hilarious trio take on the assorted characters in Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s illustrated narrative, breathing life, personality and wonderful comedy into the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the Salsa loving Snake and of course the quick-thinking mouse and the Gruffalo himself. The interpretation of their personas was something the audience particularly took to, and this aspect really added to the entertainment factor of transferring the tale from page to stage.

With an interactive vibe, catchy songs and cleverly crafted costumes, The Gruffalo is the perfect outing for the whole family this festive season.

The Gruffalo is on at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House until Saturday 23 December 2017.


WHAT: The Gruffalo Live on Stage
WHERE: The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
WHEN: 7 – 23 December 2017
WHO: Suitable for kids aged 3+
RUNNING TIME: 55 minutes (no interval)
TICKETS:  Standard tickets $25 plus an $8.50 booking fee
FACILITIES: Toilets are located on the same level as the Playhouse. For those families bringing strollers there is pram parking available and large bags will need to be checked in to the cloakroom.
GETTING THERE:  The Sydney Opera House is located near to Circular Quay which is well serviced by buses, trains, overground and ferries.
FOOD & DRINK:  The Opera Bar offers a Junior Lunch option on their adult menu with meals including pizza, fish and chips and spaghetti priced around $14/meal. Another option is to bring a picnic and enjoy it harbourside or at the neighbouring Royal Botanic Gardens.