Promo: The Gruffalo live on stage at Royal & Derngate. Northampton

Tall Stories presents Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s
The Gruffalo
live on stage at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate this Christmas

Award-winning theatre company Tall Stories is delighted to bring Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book The Gruffalo to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate for a Christmas run from Monday 13 December to Sunday 2 January.

The Gruffalo, published by Macmillan Children’s Book in 1999, was adapted for the stage by Tall Stories in 2001. Packed with songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, the show has been delighting audiences around the world ever since.

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there is no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Founded by Artistic Directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell in 1997, Tall Stories’ other productions include Wilde Creatures, The Smeds and the Smoos, The Canterville Ghost, The Gruffalo’s Child, Emily Brown and The Thing, The Snail and The Whale, The Snow Dragon and Room on the Broom.

The cast of The Gruffalolive on stage includes Aimee Louise Bevan as Mouse, Alastair Chisholm as the Predators, Aaron Dart as the Gruffalo with Emily Waters as Understudy/ASM.

Olivia and Toby said: ‘We are thrilled to be bringing our stage adaptation of The Gruffalo to Royal & Derngate this Christmas. 2021 marks the production’s 20th anniversary year and we can’t wait to bring the magic of the deep dark wood to a new generation of families.’

The Gruffalo heads to Royal & Derngate from 13 December till 2 January. Tickets – priced from £14.50* – can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at

* A charge of £3.50 applies for all transactions of £20 and over. Does not apply to Groups, Members or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.

Performance Schedule


Mon 13                                    1.30pm

Tue 14             10.30am          1.30pm

Wed 15           10.30am          1.30pm

Thu 16             10.30am          1.30pm

Sat 18              10.30am          1.30pm (R)

Sun 19                                     1pm                 4.30pm

Tue 21             10.30am          1.30pm

Wed 22                                   1pm                 4.30pm

Thu 23             10.30am          1.30pm

Fri 24               10.30am          1pm

Sun 26                                     2pm                 4.30pm

Mon 27            10.30am          1.30pm

Tue 28                                     1pm                 4.30pm

Wed 29                                   1pm                 4.30pm

Thu 30                                     1pm                 4.30pm (R)

Fri 31               10.30am          1.30pm


Sun 2               10.30am          1.30pm

R – Relaxed performances (Sat 18 Dec 1.30pm, Thu 30 December 4.30pm)

Running time – 55 minutes with no interval

Recommended for ages 3+


One thought on “Promo: The Gruffalo live on stage at Royal & Derngate. Northampton

  1. matthew horner says:

    Hello folks,

    We came to the show on the 27th 1pm showing.

    I loved it and so did my lad. I have a tiny bit of feedback.
    We didn’t know how to behave. we just booked it because it was the gruffalo live on stage.

    It took me a good 15 mins to understand that we could shout, join in etc,
    maybe a ‘warm up’ would help us understand what could really give you guys more atmosphere. the ‘1, 2, 3, 4 5’ shout would have been much more engaging if we knew this already.

    I’m a trombone player so understand a bit about performance – you guys worked hard, the effects, humour and skills were terrific. Thank you

    I hope this is useful



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