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Children’s favourite The Gruffalo comes to Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 July 2017

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

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The Gruffalo has become one the most popular children’s books of all time and families can get to see the furry monster up close at Queen’s Theatre next month.

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The tale has captured the imagination of millions of children ever since the story of the brave little mouse who invents the Gruffalo to ward of predators first hit shelves in 1999.

As popular with small children as ever the short story has been adapted into an hour long play by Tall Stories packed with songs and famous lines from the book.

“It’s a lovely way to spend time with your children because you’re all engaged in it together,” said Alastair Chrisholm, 39, who plays the fox, owl and snake.

“There’s loads of laughs and fun - all the stuff you would expect from the Gruffalo.”

The first show is on August 9 and is followed by a specially adapted “relaxed performance” the following day for audience members who might struggle to cope with standard theatre etiquette.

The relaxed performance is available for all ages and is particularly suitable for people with autism, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities.

“The relaxed performances are really nice - I enjoy them,” said Alastair.

“We try to make the theatre a less intimidating and noisy place.

“The house lights will stay on a bit and it will be a little bit quieter and also it puts parents and carers at ease as well - it’s a really nice atmosphere.”

For Alastair performing in plays like the Gruffalo never feels like work and he enjoys it just as much as the audience.

“I guess I’m a big kid really, it’s not really a job I just dress up and do silly voices and if you can do that for a living then why not?

“A lot of people I know go to work and have to put suits on and be polite to their bosses, we just get to play and have fun - that’s what I really enjoy.”

Tickets for the Gruffalo cost £12.50 and can be purchased by calling 01708 443333 or online at queens-theatre.co.uk.

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