The Gruffalo comes to Sandton


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Sisonke Yafele, Ayanda Nondlwana and Mandisi Heshu in the South African production of THE GRUFFALO
Sisonke Yafele, Ayanda Nondlwana and
Mandisi Heshu in the South African
production of THE GRUFFALO

Excitement is mounting at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton, as the SA version of the West End hit, The Gruffalo, is about to open.

The production is based on the picture book written for children by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler in 1999. The book is a worldwide phenomenon, having sold over 13 million copies in 75 editions worldwide. The stage production brings the Gruffalo characters to life while remaining true to the story.

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What the critics say:

The production is an absolute pleasure to experience, for children and adults alike, as director Tara Notcutt has ensured a high level of audience participation from the children and has cleverly nuanced the characters to prompt adult chuckles, without resorting to pantomime…. The show is exactly the right length to allow the audience to leave energised and refreshed after a perfectly pitched hour of entertainment.Shirley Marais, The Announcer (Port Alfred).

An enchanting production, powered by the energy of kidlet-giggles that ripple through the room, as they respond to the characters on stage.” Barbara Loots, Theatre Scene Cape Town.

Ayanda Nondlwana, Nombasa Ngoqo, Sisonke Yafele and Mandisi Heshu are directed by Tara Notcutt in a production that boasts a uniquely South African flavour. It is ideal for children between the ages of 3 and 10 years and their grown-ups, and, as a Foundation Phase reader, is a must for pre-and-primary school children and teachers. Audience participation, ingenious comedic work by the narrator, and carefully spaced rhymes and bouncy songs keep busy young minds focused, while the rest of the family enjoy the energy and fun of children’s theatre. For a special treat, bring the family to join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in the magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The Gruffalo. Photo: Nardus Engelbrecht.
The Gruffalo. Photo: Nardus Engelbrecht.

After hugely successful runs in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth as well as an equally well-received holiday season in Port Alfred, the South African version of ‘Tall Stories’ UK West End hit, The Gruffalo, opens on Tuesday 11 April at 11:00. The Gruffalo is in town until 7 May with two shows most days (11am and 3pm). Bookings can be made online at or by calling 081 321 3574 / 046 603 1163 / 046 603 1103. Tickets cost R85 for adults and R75 for children and pensioners. School or group bookings of more than 30 tickets, receive a special price of just R65 per ticket. There is a special “two for the price of one” offer on Tuesdays for both shows and are likely to be snapped up. Book early! Parents, family and friends purchasing tickets as gifts can also click a downloadable The Gruffalo gift card. For more info and to book, visit and like our Facebook page

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