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The Canterville Ghost – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writers: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  from the novella by Oscar Wilde Director: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Sir Simon de Canterville is having a hard time of it. Everyone wrongly believes he bludgeoned his beloved wife to death based on some flimsy evidence involving a bloodstained tablecloth. Even worse, he’s been dead for 300 years and unable ...

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Room on the Broom – Lyric Theatre, London

Writers: based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Director: Olivia Jacobs Reviewer: David Guest A magical broomstick ride through one of the best-loved children’s books around makes a spellbinding return to the Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue this Christmas. Tall Stories Theatre Company brings Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-selling book Room on the Broom to life wonderfully ...

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The Snow Dragon, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Devised by Tall Stories  Director: Toby Mitchell Reviewer: RL Bartholomew It's New Year's Eve night and the wolves are about. These rough and tumble guys are out to teach a life lesson to young Billy -  a  spoilt, indulged and mollycoddled little goat - and it's one lesson he would bleat loudly about, and probably won't ever forget. Skittish and ...

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The Snow Dragon – The Lowry, Salford

Devised by Tall Stories Director: Toby Mitchells Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Tall Stories is a phenomenally successful children’s theatre company. You may not be familiar with their name but you cannot have failed to miss posters for sell-out adaptations of Julia Donaldson favourites like The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom on billboards, buses and theatres. These productions ...

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The Snail and the Whale – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Director: Toby Mitchell Reviewer: David Doyle Famed for their adaptations of well-known children’s books, Tall Stories have tackled Julia Donaldson’s The Snail And the Whale in their latest venture. Telling the story of one little girl, her seafaring father, and the bedtime stories they tell, the show is an entertaining and slick adaptation but one that at times lacks warmth. ...

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The Gruffalo’s Child – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Sophie Alice, Duncan Machines and Catriona Mackenzie in The Gruffalo's Child by Tall Stories

Director: Olivia Jacobs Writers: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Reviewer: Nicole Evans The Gruffalo’s Child was feeling brave So she tiptoed out of the gruffalo cave The snow fell fast and the wind blew wild Into the wood went The Gruffalo’s Child These are words that many children both know and love and, with the success of previous theatrical developments ...

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Alfie White Space Explorer – The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Created by Tall Stories Director: Toby Mitchell Reviewer: John Roberts Tall Stories have unquestionably over the years created a wealth of high quality, engaging work designed for our younger theatre going audiences, however with their latest production Alfie White Space Explorer their usual trademark of fun and inventiveness seems to be sadly lacking. You would be forgiven for thinking the ...

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Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming – The Lowry, Salford

Original Story: Lemony Snicket Director: Olivia Jacobs Music &Lyrics: Lemez &Fridel Reviewer: Jay Nuttal   This intriguingly titled story and children's production couldn't really be any more absurd if it tried. I couldn't blame you if you have never tried to watch a play about a personified fried potato on the run. As bizarre as it sounds this is the ...

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