I’ve been getting a few calls from friends asking about The Gruffalo – the show and the book. It is a great story written by Julia Donaldson and was first published in 1999. It tells the story of a little mouse and his adventure in the “deep dark wood”. Julia wrote it for kids aged 3 to 7. And like I said, all my kids continue to enjoy it. This book has encouraged my kids to read out loud and try improv theatre.
At the Hong Kong Kids Fest last weekend, I got to see the live show, the same one coming to Manila next week. It is fun and cute and engaging. I think kids of all ages will enjoy the production. The show runs from Feb 15 to 17 at the Rockwell Tent. Tickets are onsale online. For more info please check their Facebook page.
The 2009 animated film version of The Gruffalo received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Short Film. The cast included Helena Bonham Carter. It is the cutest thing! Try to watch this with your kids.
Julia Donaldson‘s other works were being sold outside the theatre. I took advantage of this availability and stocked up for my kids, especially Stella who’s only 3.
I couldn’t resist the other merchandise – like plasters, mugs, lunch boxes and stationery. Because The Gruffalo isn’t as huge in the US (and therefore, The Philippines), these products aren’t readily sold locally… yet.
Gruffalo merch heaven. Look at the official Gruffalo Shop.
The weekend shows were sold out. It was nice to see parents taking their small children to the theatre. I saw little kids as young as 2 there. Really adorable.
To know more about The Gruffalo and the show in Manila, here is a short interview I did with Matthew Gregory, the executive producer.
And a special invite by the cast…
The Gruffalo in Manila
February 15 to 17, 2013
Rockwell Tent, Makati
Tickets available at Ticketworld.com.ph. There are promos and discounts for bulk orders.