FOR more than 50 years it has been one of Britain’s best-loved picture books – and next week young fans of The Tiger Who Came to Tea can see the story brought to life on the Theatre Royal’s stage.

The musical play, directed by David Wood and produced by Nicoll Entertainment, is an adaptation of Judith Kerr’s classic story.

Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award-nominated smash hit show, is visiting the Corporation Street venue next week as part of a tour.

Wood is regarded as one of the country’s leading writers and directors of plays and musicals for children. His successes include The Gingerbread Man, The Witches and Babe the Sheep Pig.

Audiences are invited to join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show, which is set to be packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos.

Producers say families will enjoy “a stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!”

For anyone unfamiliar with the story, the doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea.

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Who could it possibly be? Well, what they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

The running time is approximately 55 minutes and there is no interval. The show is aimed at children aged 3 and over.

Performance times: Tuesday, March 1, 1.30pm and 4pm; Wednesday, March 2, 1.30pm and 4pm; Thursday, March 3, 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Meanwhile, next month (March 21 and 22) will also see Rod Campbell’s much-loved lift the flap book Dear Zoo comes to the stage as an introduction to theatre for young children.