CDP Theatre Producers, The Gruffalo


CDP presents Tall Stories' production of


based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler


A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood ...

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia.

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun!

Age recommendation: 3+ and their adults
Duration: Approximately 55mins, no interval

The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children's Books


Josh Anderson


Josh grew up in Sydney and was raised by a village of dancers, actors and singers. He was involved in theatre at school, played saxophone, sang and had his first taste of the performance industry in his early teens, when he appeared in a supporting role in the 2003 film, Darkness Falls. He is a graduate of NIDA's prestigious Acting degree program.

As a child, Josh's performance career grew and he appeared in guest roles in Farscape, Home and Away and various children's series. At the age of 12, he began voiceover work for Nickelodeon, moving on to forge a healthy career regularly voicing for TVCs. After graduating from high school, Josh enrolled in the CAP21 program at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York City.

Since graduating NIDA, Josh has been forging his acting career in Australia, appearing in TV Series such as Wonderland, Carlotta, and again on Home & Away.

On stage Josh has performed in Belvoir Theatre's This Heaven directed by Lee Lewis, Critical Stages' acclaimed touring production of the Australian classic, The Removalists and as Anthony in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd for New Theatre and Mad March Hare's production of Philip Ridley's Shivered.

Josh starred in both Belleville (2016) and Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo (2017) for The Old Fitz Theatre.

Tina Jackson


Tina is a proud graduate of NIDA's Diploma of Music Theatre. This year she has toured Australia and Qatar with Erth as a puppeteer in both Prehistoric Aquarium and Dinosaur Zoo, as well as appearing as a game show contestant in Too Pretty to Be Witty for ABC iView's Fresh Blood.

Tina spent two years living in London where she was lucky enough to perform on the West End, tour the UK and take part in both the Brighton and Camden Fringe festivals. Shows whilst in the UK included From Up Here (Jill), Dinosaur Zoo (Puppeteer/Understudy Host), The Night Before Christmas (Emily/Lizzie) and Hello Again (ensemble).

In Australia, Tina has performed in The Events at Belvoir St, and in both the Sydney Opera House season and Australian tour of Trevor Ashley's Little Orphan TrAshley, alongside veterans Rhonda Burchmore and Gary Sweet. Other credits include Evelyn in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things at the Sydney Fringe Festival, Meg in Stage Fright at the New Theatre and ensemble in the annual Hats Off concert.

Tina was also a grand finalist in the 2010 Sydney Cabaret Showcase.

Jonathan Macmillan


Jonathan Christopher MacMillan is best known for originating the role of the Goose and Topthorn (head) in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of War Horse. Previously, Jonathan was suit captain of the International Tour of Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular where he performed as Baby T-Rex in over 30 countries worldwide. He is also a highly regarded puppeteer performing at festivals throughout Australia (most recently the Moomba Festival, Rockhampton River Festival and White Night Festival), and part of the Melbourne based Snuff Puppets Company.


Adaptation by Tall Stories Theatre Company
Olivia Jacobs & Toby Mitchell, artistic directors

Produced in Australia and New Zealand by CDP Kids

Original Direction: Olivia Jacobs
Creative producer: Toby Mitchell
Musical Director: Jon Fiber
Music and lyrics: Jon Fiber, Robin Price, Olivia Jacobs, Andy Shaw
Music production: Jon fiber and Andy Shaw for Shock Productions
Choreography: Morag Cross

Associate Director (Aust / NZ): Liesel Badorrek
Designer: Isla Shaw
Original Lighting Design: James Whiteside

Company Stage Manager: Belinda Gibson
Deputy Stage Manager: Michaela Clifton


" an exuberant, funny show. Top five children’s shows of 2001 "

Time Out

" funny, charming and smart...brings the house down "

Sydney Morning Herald

" songs and delicious asides for for all the family, particularly those with a sense of humour. "


" While your children are having a whale of a time at The Gruffalo, you will too. "

Courier Mail

" Beg, borrow or steal tickets. Your kids will love you for it. "

Stage Whispers

" the cast of three bring the story to wonderful life... This is an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity "

The Times (London)

" his whimsical, imaginative show is pitched at just the right level for three to seven-year- olds, as well as the big ones they have brought along with them...clever storytelling... enchanting characterisation... a rare treat that really is for all the family "

The Scotsman

" an absolute peach of a show "

The List

" monstrous fun...sparks the young imagination..hugely popular...enthralling entertainment "

London Sunday Herald


A Teacher Resource Kit is available to assist schools integrate a visit to see The Gruffalo into classroom programs. The Teacher Resource Kit includes relevant links to the Australian curriculum and comprehensive suggestions on differentiating the activities for students of all needs and abilities. Schools who have confirmed bookings can download the Teachers Resource Kit by entering the password below. Please note, this document contains copyright for use in Australian classrooms only.


If you have confirmed a booking and have not been given a password, please email with the details of your booking.


CDP has compiled all relevant marketing and artwork information for The Gruffalo into this single document to make marketing materials easily accessible for presenters and designers.

Please enter the password below to access the marketing downloads for The Gruffalo. These documents will be updated as new marketing materials become available, so check back at regular intervals for new items.


If you do not have the password, or are having issues accessing or downloading the marketing materials please contact





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