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The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to Oldham Coliseum

By Steve Cooke

Following its sold-out West End summer season at Theatre Royal Haymarket, the Olivier Award nominated stage production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to Oldham Coliseum as part of for another major UK tour this year.

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood OBE, based on the classic tale by the late Judith Kerr OBE, The Tiger Who Came to Tea features new casting including Jennifer Addey as ‘Sophie’, Katie Tripp as ‘Mummy’, James Carlisle as ‘Daddy’, ‘Milkman’, ‘Postman’ and ‘Tiger’, with understudies Benjamin Stone and Tia Bunce.

David Wood OBE says: “The live theatre experience is brilliant at sparking children’s imaginations. I believe all children should be entitled to see exciting theatre; it can make them laugh, gasp, think, and feel – and, of course, entertain them. Given the chance to enjoy the story, the music, the magic, the costumes and sets, the sound, the lighting, and the audience participation, in a live performance - for real, before their very eyes - I believe children’s lives are enriched, their horizons widened, and their awareness and sensitivity heightened. Theatre, like all the arts, has the power to transform, inspire and delight.”

Hailed as Britain’s best-loved picture book, Judith Kerr’s timeless classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea is now in its 54th year, selling over five million copies since it was first published in 1968. The stage show premiered in 2008 and has since toured nationally and internationally, including Christmas seasons at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre with sold out dates in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, and Bahrain, along with seven successful seasons in the West End. In 2012 the production was nominated for the Olivier Award for ‘Best Family Entertainment’.

Bringing the nation’s favourite tea-guzzling tiger to life on stage, this musical slice of teatime mayhem entertains with sing-along songs, oodles of magic and interactive fun. It’s the ideal introduction to live theatre for children aged three and above and the perfect summer treat for the whole family.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is directed by David Wood OBE, with designs by Susie Caulcutt, assistant director/choreographer Emma Clayton, music arranger & supervisor Peter Pontzen, magical illusions designed by former President of the Magic Circle Scott Penrose, lighting design by Tony Simpson and sound design by Shock Productions. Produced by Nicoll Entertainment Ltd.

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