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


2022 Winter Tour

Joshua Whitten

JOSHUA WHITTEN - Gruffalo / Narrator

A multifaceted performer, Josh has seen his talents take him all over Australia and abroad. He has toured internationally as Santa in Pen2Stage's production of A Little Bit of Christmas Magic, lent his voice to the multi-award-winning educational video program Snapatoonies and has featured in Golden Casket's Joyments television campaign.

With a huge appetite for learning, Josh has trained at NIDA, Film & Television Studio International and is a proud graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with a Bachelor in Musical Theatre. Whilst at the Conservatorium, Josh was seen as Herman (Sweet Charity); Jojo (The Life); Arscott/Campbell (Our Country's Good); Doc/Glad Hand (West Side Story). Theatrical credits include the national tours of GREASE: The Arena Experience and Wizard of Oz Arena Spectacular (Harvest Rain); RENT & Wicked (Matt Ward Entertainment); Company (Ignatians Musical Society); Cirque de la Opera (Vavachi Entertainment); Speakeasy on NYE (Brisbane Immersive); The Tuckshop Kid, Pains of Youth, Romeo + Juliet and Tick, Tick… Boom! (THAT Production company).

Josh is absolutely thrilled to be working with CDP and the cast of The Gruffalo!

Patrick Connolly

PATRICK CONNOLLY - Predators / Narrator

Patrick's performance credits include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom (CDP), The Macbeths, Romeo and Juliet (Shake & Stir Theatre Co.), The Producers (Altitude Theatre/Brisbane Powerhouse), Mamma Mia (Matt Ward Entertainment), Live at the Trocadero (Theatreroo), Cloudland: The Musical (Arts Queensland), Three, Bailamos, Ballroom Fever, Pure Country, Piano Man (Royal Caribbean International).

He trained at Queensland Conservatorium of Performing Arts (Griffith University), and attained a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. University credits include: Company, Godspell, West Side Story, Fame: The Musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Patrick is proudly represented by Ian White Management and is a member of MEAA.

Sophie Kleinschmidt


Graduating in 2020 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts Theatre: Acting from the University of Southern Queensland, Sophie is now a Brisbane based artist with a desire to grow and develop her artistry. Utilising her talents and multi-disciplinary skills, she has had the privilege of travelling across Queensland and to other parts of Australia with a range of productions.

In 2021, Sophie toured QLD as a company actor for Shake and Stir Theatre Co's in-schools touring team playing iconic roles such as Juliet and Lady Macbeth, in HVK Productions Bluey Live Show! and been cast in a brand-new children's show on the Nine Network.

Whilst studying, Sophie was seen taking on roles such as Abigail Williams in The Crucible, Sammy/She/Dean of Jurisprudence in A Dream Play, #25 in The Wolves and Nanna Callas in Round Heads and Pointed Heads. Other notable credits include Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Technicolour Theatre Company), Actor in La Boite Theatre Company's Assembly, Seasonal Casual at Village Roadshow Theme Parks and Nicola in Kinky Boots (Empire Theatre Pty Ltd).

Sophie believes in the power of education within the arts and has been a teaching artist for the last four years. This has further developed her passion and love for working with children and performing in Children and Young Peoples Theatre. Sophie is ecstatic to be joining CDP and the cast of The Gruffalo!


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 (Australia): Liesel Badorrek
Designer: Isla Shaw
Original Lighting Design: James Whiteside


2022 Winter Tour

Courtney Mayhew
Liz Suess
Anna Dymitr-Hawkes
Emily Phillips


" 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


We believe in making our shows accessible for children with additional sensory and learning needs.

A visual story is available for The Gruffalo to help you prepare for your visit to the theatre.


Accessible performances may be available at some venues. Please check with your local venue for details.

For additional online resources to extend the theatre experience, visit CDP Digital.

Teachers and registered homeschoolers can also access education activities and resources at CDP Education.



2021 - 2022 TOUR DATES



30 September – 2 October 2022
Seymour Centre
BOOKING: or Phone (02) 9061 5344


NEW DATES: 27 – 28 September 2022
(Previously 21 - 22 September)
Riverside Theatres
BOOKING: or (02) 8839 3399


25 – 26 July 2022
Orange Civic Theatre
BOOKING: or (02) 6393 8111



7 – 10 July 2022
Athenaeum Theatre
BOOKING: or (03) 9650 1500



25 – 27 June 2022
QUT Gardens Theatre


21 September 2022
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
Bookings: or Phone 1300 855 835



14 – 17 July 2022
State Theatre Centre of WA
Bookings: or Phone (08) 6212 9292




18 – 23 January 2022
The Concourse, Chatswood



25 – 30 January 2022
Athenaeum Theatre



2 – 3 April 2022
QUT Gardens Theatre


19 – 20 October 2021
Empire Theatres



8 - 12 December 2021
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

More dates to be announced soon!