When I woke up last Saturday, I felt like John and I must do something fun and special with the girls in London. Going into London at the weekend is a big deal for John and I because our weekdays are spent working in London.
Scouring through Time Out website for last minute ideas, I discovered that tickets for Olivier Award Nominated The Tiger Who Came To Tea at the Lyric Theatre were still available to buy – so I bought four of them.
If you are wondering if it’s the same story as in the popular picture book written by Judith Kerr, yes it is. The Tiger Who Came To Tea has been superbly adapted for the theatre by the impressive David Wood, one of the best known writers and directors of plays and musicals for children.
If you haven’t read the book yet the gist is: Sophie and her mummy are about to have some tea when the doorbell rings. Since it’s not daddy, or the milkman, who could it be? What they certainly weren’t expecting to see at the door is an impressive big, stripy tiger!
When the show started, it did cross my mind that the show was maybe aimed at younger kids, and the theatre was certainly packed with them. In saying that, my six and eight year olds still had a ball watching, dancing and singing along. After the show, I asked my daughters what they liked best, they said ‘the tiger’, because he had a striking entrance, he was full of tricks and he shook his bottom a lot!
I must admit, I really did like this show too. It was full of contagious sing-along songs; I had no choice – and to the embarrassment of my children – but to loudly join in.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea was about one hour long – which is perfect for young kids to sit still. This certainly explains why the kids in the theatre were well-behaved compared to other longer shows we have been to in the past, where I’ve either told (or have been tempted to tell) the mother of a disruptive child to please take the child out just for a few minutes.
We left the theatre feeling happy, festive and wondering how they managed to carry out the special effects in the show. Would I recommend this show to you? Absolutely… if you have a spare £19.00 per ticket to spend and you want to see a show. As a family we concluded that The Tiger Who Came To Tea is worth every penny because it was funny, delightful and g-r-r-r-eat!
The Tiger Who Came To Tea is showing at Lyric theatre until January 10th.