There's a Gruffalo at The HexagonBy Phil Creighton
February 23, 2012
But then, he has terrible tusks and terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws. He has knobbly knees and turned-out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose.
His eyes are orange, his tongue is black; he has purple prickles all over his back.
And he’s also the much-loved character in a children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
First published in 1999, it has been a world-wide smash hit, spawning a sequel, a TV adaptation and a charming stage show, which comes to The Hexagon this weekend.
It follows Mouse into the deep, dark wood on a lunchtime hunt for hazelnuts.
Armed with just a nut map and a very vivid imagination, Mouse runs into the smirking, wheeler-dealer Fox; an eccentric, retired Woodland Air Force General Owl; and the maraca-shaking, party animal Snake.
Rather than becoming the main course of their next meal, Mouse kills their appetites with stories of an imaginary monster friend.
Little does this clever critter know, but Mouse will have to escape the jaws of this faux protector as well.
Whether their favourite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, audiences eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators.
The play is being staged by Tall Stories – the theatre team that was behind last year’s sensational retelling of another children’s favourite Mr Benn.
The show, which features a mix of songs, laughs and scary fun, has been so popular that The Hexagon has added an extra day to its Reading run, making it a perfect springtime treat.
It’s aimed at children aged three upwards.
There are performances at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm each day.