Stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s The Smeds and The Smoos to open in the West End

A new stage adaptation of The Smeds and The Smoos, based on the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, will play a Summer season at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End.

Presented by Tall Stories, the team behind The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale live on stage, The Smeds and The Smoos is directed by Tall Stories’ co-founder Toby Mitchell. Bringing the show to life on stage will be actors Felicia Akin-Tayo, Tom Capper, Robert Penny, Andrea Sadler and understudy Grace Liston.

The production will run at the Lyric Theatre, from 20 July to 03 September 2023, just in time for the summer holidays!

The Smeds and The Smoos tells the story of two rival groups of aliens living on a far-off planet: the Smeds (who are red) and the Smoos (who are blue). The two groups mistrust each other, and the children are told to never play with one another. So, when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space together, how will their families get them back?

Julia Donaldson said: “I loved the show – the brilliantly alien set and lighting, the energetic acting and the wonderful puppets. My favourite was the Lurgle!”

Axel Scheffler said: “It was lovely to find out a lot more about the life of the Smeds and the Smoos and all the other life forms on their far away planets in this delightful play by the Tall Stories team. Space travel for the whole family – at its best!”

This production has music, laughs, puppetry and interplanetary adventures for everyone aged 3 and up!

The stage show received its world premiere at the Rose Theatre Kingston in 2021, following development at Tall Stories’ studio space at Central Library, Islington.

An animated version of The Smeds and The Smoos recently appeared on the BBC with Rob Brydon, Meera Syal, Adjoa Andoh and Bill Bailey giving voice to the characters.

The Smeds and The Smoos was the number one best selling picture book in 2019 and 2020.

Book tickets to The Smeds and The Smoos at the Lyric Theatre in London

📷 Main photo: The Smeds and The Smoos - Tall Stories

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