Storytime favourite Room on the Broom set for 2012/13 London run

Posted: 17th May 2012
The family favourite from the creators of The Gruffalo opens in November - tickets available now

"Over the fields and the forests they flew. The dog wagged his tail and the stormy wind blew." Anyone who knows The Gruffalo will recognise the colourful cadence of the extract as coming from the pen of Axel Scheffler and Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson MBE.

First published just over a decade ago, Room on the Broom is the captivating tale of a witch and her growing menagerie of broom passengers who, after many delightful twists and turns, eventually rise up (literally) to defend the witch from a dragon desperate to EAT HER ALIVE. While not all kids' stories involve such peril, the best ones often do.

And, as with The Gruffalo, in which, you will recall, an affable mouse spends the whole time trying not to be torn limb from limb by various predators, Room on the Broom manages to combine a genuinely engaging tale with glorious phrasing and seductive meter. This stage version comes from the Tall Stories theatre company and promises to be another wholesome treat for the senses.

Room on the Broom Live is at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London's West End from 21st November until 13th January 2013. The show is suitable for children aged 3 years and over and performances are just under an hour long with no interval. We have tickets available now, priced from £13 to £20.50 for the best stalls (the top price also includes a postergramme). Some family tickets are available for just £15 (check with vendor for details).

Stewart Darkin