Last Saturday morning we took ourselves off to The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool to watch a stage performance of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Of course The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a pure children’s classic and one we all remember from our childhood (well everyone except Dave who claims to have never heard of it before we had children!) so I was really interested to see how it would translate to stage.
Ben and Chloe know the story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea well, its a firm favourite in our house and the perfect length for a bedtime story.
We settled into our seats and waited for the show to start. I really liked the soft start to the show whereby the characters came in from side entrances and waved to the audience before making their way up on to the stage. I felt this worked really well for the younger members of the audience who might have been frightened by a loud dramatic start to the show.
The story was beautifully told, staying true to the original book whilst adding in extra detail and music to make it work for stage. I must admit that the Tiger himself was my favourite and Ben thought he was great. He was completely in awe of the fact that the Tiger had actually managed to “eat” all the food and was keen for me to explain all the stage trickery to him later on. I was only aware of one child in the audience who was scared by the Tiger, most seemed to just find him entertaining. He looked friendly enough and was very polite and occasionally comical in his actions.
I wasn’t really expecting Amy to manage to sit through it but in actual fact she was completely enthralled from the start. Both girls absolutely adored the show though Ben felt he was a little too grown up for it and refused to join in with the songs. Essentially he’s probably at the top end of the audience the show was aimed at anyway and he admitted that he had enjoyed the show overall.
Taking the children to the theatre is such a wonderful experience for them and Chloe is still talking about the Beauty & the Beast pantomime almost three months later. We are becoming something of regular visitors to The Epstein now and will definitely be checking out what’s on for later in the year!
*We were invited to watch this performance of The Tiger Who Came to Tea free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*