Review: The Tiger who came to tea live on stage

a tiger on stage sitting on a table having tea

The Tiger Who Came To Tea is a famous British children’s book. I did not grow up with this book, as I am from Italy, however I know the story very well as it is one of the most loved bedtime stories for my children. So when I told them that we were invited to see the live show, where they could see the tiger in action, they were just looking forward for it!

So here we are. Saturday morning of an unusual cold June in London. Me and two very excited little monkeys (2 and 4 years old) are headed to Wimbledon to watch the utterly enchanting adaptation live on stage of The Tiger Who Came To Tea. 


Two small children sitting in a theatre waiting for the beginning of the live show
Ready for the show!


This much-loved 50-year-old classic children’s book, is so timeless popular!

The show starts with Sophie and her parents arrive on stage through the stalls of the theatre. They wave to the very young audience who is excited and waiting to see the Tiger and Roar all together!

The show is marked by a tick-tocking of the clock hanging on the kitchen wall on the stage, which dictates an ordinary day at the peaceful home of Sophie and her parents. The first part of the show is all a crescendo because every time the door’s bell rings, everyone is expecting to see the uninvited guest!

The Tiger eventually arrives! At the beginning we just see a hand behind the door, and then, he is coming on the stage in a stunning costume and with some very nice moves. Meanwhile all the young audience is actively shouting ‘he’s behind you’.  

a tiger on stage
David Scotland as Tiger – Photo Credit Robert Day


Jocelyn Zackon as Sophie, Lizzie Dewar as Mummy on stage
Jocelyn Zackon as Sophie, Lizzie Dewar as Mummy

I was delighted to learn that Judith wrote The Tiger Who Came to Tea as a bedtime story for her three-year-old daughter and it has never since been out of print.

I guess you know the story, right? Published in 1968, the story has been read by several generations and tells the tale of a Tiger who invites himself to tea and eats and drinks all the food and water in Sophie’s house.


mummy, daughter and a riger on stage
Lizzie Dewar as Mummy, David Scotland as Tiger, Jocelyn Zackon as Sophie



The set is beautifully true and the brilliant ensemble cast with the energetic protagonist Jocelyn Zackon make it great.

The vivid stage adaptation and the show production keep the constant attention of the young audience, thanks to cast’s request to sing and dance with them.


Jocelyn Zackon as Sophie, David Scotland as Tiger wave at the audience
Jocelyn Zackon as Sophie, David Scotland as Tiger – Photo Credit Robert Day


It is a lovely play with catchy songs and plenty of audience participation.  It’s less than an hour long and suitable for children  3+.


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Disclaimer: We were invited to see the show, but all the opinions are my own.








  1. June 17, 2019 / 14:22

    We all love The (naughty) Tiger who came to Tea, and how fantastic that Kerr’s novel has never been out of print since its first publication. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon with the kids, especially with the nasty weather we’ve been having of late. Thanks for linking up with #CULTUREDKIDS

    • mumwhatelse
      June 20, 2019 / 15:51

      The children loved the book and loved the piece so much. It’s fun not only for children I’s say đŸ™‚

  2. June 18, 2019 / 16:29

    Sounds lovely! We all enjoyed The Tiger who Came to Tea when the boys were little. Think I’d be quite happy to go and see it even without children đŸ™‚

    • mumwhatelse
      June 20, 2019 / 16:14

      It really is! I recommend it because it was a lot of fun for all of us!

    • mumwhatelse
      June 20, 2019 / 16:21

      Such a great live stage. We all loved it!

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