Based on the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, the
55-minute show tells the story of Sophie and her mum who are interrupted
sitting down to tea by the big cat. Billed as being "packed with oodles
of magic, sing a long songs and clumsy chaos", The Tiger Who Came to Tea is aimed at children aged three and above.
The production has been adapted for the stage by prolific children’s dramatist David Wood who also directs. One of the best-selling picture books of all time, it has sold over 4 million copies since being published in 1968 and has been translated into over 20 languages.
Writer of over 70 plays for children, David Wood's recent adaptation of Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep is currently on national tour. His other adaptations include Fantastic Mr Fox, The Gingerbread Man, BFG, The Witches, Meg and Mog, Spot and Babe the Sheep Pig.
His adult musical The Go-Between co-written with composer Richard Taylor and based on LP Hartley’s novel, opened at West Yorkshire Playhouse in September. Wood also performed his own show, David Wood’s Story Time at the Arts Theatre for six performances last Easter.The show has set and costume design by Susie Caulicutt, musical direction and arrangements by Peter Pozen, lighting design by Tony Simpson, illusions by Scott Penrose and choreography by Emma Clayton who is also assistant director.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea is at the Lowry from 10 -15 April, 2012.