REVIEW: Tiger Who Came To Tea, Lyceum

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WE’VE read it hundreds of times but never imagined this children’s classic would translate to a stage performance.

Judith Kerr wrote her tale of the friendly tiger who visits a mum and daughter in 1968 and at times it shows.

The book features a milkman and a grocer’s boy, neither of whom call on many homes these days.

It’s also only 28 pages long so how would that work in a production scheduled to last an hour?

But director David Wood has written a clever adaptation which beautifully balances nostalgia, storytelling and a singalong.

So no wonder it has run since 2008. The production sticks closely to the original tale and the only deviations serve to add to it, rather than detract.

Alan Atkins, Abbey Norman and Jenanne Redman are a splendid cast who work hard to engage the audience and keep their attention.

Wood’s direction moves things along at a sensible pace, allowing the young audience time to understand the Tiger’s progress without boring them.

The musical moments are well-judged and had the audience singing along while the simple set design ensures the focus is on the action.

The hour flew by and there were scores of smiling faces afterwards. So this trusted book had worked again - this time as a play and always as a fabulous tale.