The Gruffalo

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"The Gruffalo is the perfect intro to theatre for kids”


The Gruffalo

Arts Centre Melbourne presents CDP with Tall Stories’ production of presents

The Gruffalo

Based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children’s Books

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood ...

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, when it returns to Australia this November after sell-out seasons across the world.

Filled with songs and laughter and scary fun!

“ funny, charming and smart… brings the house down”  Sydney Morning Herald

“ Beg, borrow or steal tickets. Your kids will love you for it”  Stage Whispers



Tall Stories Logo         CDP Theatre Producers

Adaptation by Tall Stories Theatre Company
Olivia Jacobs & Toby Mitchell, Artistic Directors

Produced in Australia and New Zealand by CDP Kids

Original Direction: Olivia Jacobs
Creative Producer: Toby Mitchell
Musical Director: Jon Fiber
Music and Lyrics: Jon Fiber, Robin Price, Olivia Jacobs, Andy Shaw
Music Production: Jon fiber and Andy Shaw for Shock Productions
Choreography: Morag Cross

Associate Director (Aust / NZ): Liesel Badorrek
Designer: Isla Shaw
Original Lighting Design: James Whiteside

CDP Theatre Producers is a boutique production house with an unsurpassed track record for developing new productions, putting ideas into action and for producing some of the best theatrical entertainment in Australia. CDP was recently described by The Age as "a reliable and prolific source of high-quality children's theatre” and tours work throughout Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

CDP's recent productions for children and families include world premiere adaptations of popular books The 13-Storey Treehouse, The 26-Storey Treehouse, The 52-Storey Treehouse, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Mr Stink along with the Australian premieres of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. In 2017, CDP will premiere a new adaptation of Australian Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs' Horrible Harriet, The 78-Storey Treehouse and a new production of The Gruffalo. CDP is the proud winner of a number of awards including two Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Production for Children, a Drama Victoria Award, two Drover Awards, an Edinburgh Fringe First and a Helpmann Award.


15 – 26 November

15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 26 November
10am & 12pm

17 November
10am, 12pm & 6pm

19 & 25 November
10am, 12pm and 3pm

21 November

Auslan interpreted performance 
22 November, 10am

Relaxed performance
23 November, 12pm

Duration: 55 minutes, no interval




Price range

$26 - $49

Ticket Delivery

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Venue Collection or Regular Mail: FREE
Registered or Express Post: $5.50 per order

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Recommended for ages 3 – 8

WheelchairAssistive Hearing

auslanAuslan Interpreted Performance
22 November, 10am
Auslan interpreted performances are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into Auslan signing the text and dialogue live.

RPRelaxed performance
23 November, 12pm
In a Relaxed Performance, changes are made to levels of sound and lighting in order to eliminate surprise and lessens their impacts. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and moving around during the performance, with doors open and a designated quiet area available. A visual story can be downloaded before your visit to help you familiarise audience members with the story-line, characters and venue.