REVIEW: The Tiger Who Came To Tea Grand Theatre, Blackpool

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Vaudeville Theatre'Jenanne Redman as Mummy  Abbey Norman as Sophie  Alan Atkins'�Alastair Muir
The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Vaudeville Theatre'Jenanne Redman as Mummy Abbey Norman as Sophie Alan Atkins'�Alastair Muir
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Put the kettle on! It’s tea time with a difference, as Judith Kerr’s much-loved story about a furry feline who drops in for a bite to eat takes to the stage.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea has been adapted by award-winning writer and director David Wood, faithfully recreating the atmosphere and images of the 1968 book.

It’s a work of children’s literature that has remained at the top of the list of favourites for decades and makes for a delightful hour of song, dance and storytelling.

The staging is simple but effective, incorporating just enough elements of magic to surprise all ages. The four cast members, young Sophie, her mother and father, and of course the enormous tiger, leap off the page brightly, easily encouraging the audience to join them in their simple songs and clock-watching as the countdown to the exciting arrival continues. By the time the doorbell chimes for the fourth time, the anticipation has been heightened sufficiently to make the tiger’s appearance a real joy. The pale palette of the set provides a perfect backdrop to his dazzling orange and black. If there is a criticism, the story strikes a strangely Victorian note in its domestic portrayal. Still, the show remains whimsical enough to provide children with an hour of magic.

BRIDGET CHANDLER