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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Based on the children’s story by Judith Kerr, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a relaxing family-friendly show that is sure to thoroughly entertain your kids. This classic play is filled with witty dialogue, deliberate and charmingly clumsy characters, and delightful songs that children can sing along to.

Why Watch The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, a short children’s book first published in 1968, tells the tale of a young girl named Sophie, the girl’s mother, and a tiger who unexpectedly pays a visit to their house for afternoon tea. The book was popular for quite a while after its publication, and was later adapted for theatre. The comical clumsiness of all the characters who visit Sophie’s house until the tiger finally shows up builds the anticipation delightfully. Kerr’s illustrations are brought to life by the skilled performances of Abbey Norman, Stephanie Summer, and the versatile Thomas O’Connell, who plays four distinct roles in the play. With expert direction by David Wood, The Tiger Who Came to Tea revisits Britain’s classic children’s tale with a renewed enthusiasm.

The Story

Sophie is surrounded by all sorts of comical characters — her father, the milkman, and the postman, all played by Thomas O’Connell, clumsily blunder through their chores. Each time the doorbell rings, the anticipation of the titular tiger’s entry seems to grow. The tiger’s hilarious entry is sure to elicit roars of laughter from the delighted kids in the theatre. Once inside Sophie’s home, the hungry tigers gobbles up food and gulps down all the tea. There are some fascinating sleight-of-hand magic tricks employed to create entertaining illusions, and Judith Kerr’s delightful story is recreated to perfection!

Good for

Family Audiences | Fans of the Original Book

Critics Reviews

“There are no hysterics, no complaints – just smiles all round (though the tiger’s enigmatic eyes are both kind and sly).”
-The Guardian

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday 11 AM & 1 PM
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11 AM
Saturday 10 AM

55 minutes, with no interval

Leading Roles
Abbey Norman as Sophie
Thomas O’Connell as Sophie’s Father, the Milkman, the Postman, and the Tiger
Stephanie Summer as Sophie’s Mother

Directed by
David Wood

Designed by
Susie Caulcutt

Additional Information

The show is suitable for all ages.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair accessible
In-house bar

The Piccadilly Theatre has a seating capacity of 1193. You can find its seating plan here.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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