The hit stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Smartest Giant in Town is coming back to the West End this Christmas.
The show will once again play the St Martin’s Theatre in London from 2 December 2023 to 7 January 2024.
Produced by Fierylight and Little Angel Theatre, the show was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Family Show, and has recently completed a UK tour.
The Smartest Giant in Town is a heart-warming and vibrant story about friendship and helping those in need, with Little Angel artistic director Samantha Lane, and award-winning musician Barb Jungr adapting the bestselling book, bringing it to life in this musical, puppet-filled adventure.
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have also collaborated together on hit children’s books The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.
The Smartest Giant in Town has been adapted and directed for the stage by Samantha Lane and musician Barb Jungr, who has also composed new music for the production. Set and costumes are designed by Kate Bunce, puppets are designed by Judith Hope with lighting design by Sherry Coenen.
Julia Donaldson said in a press statement: “I wrote ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ twenty years ago but the theme of generosity and kindness seems/continues to be just as relevant today. The story really comes to life in Little Angel’s adaptation, which is also very faithful to Axel Scheffler’s brilliant illustrations. I saw the show when it first opened at Little Angel Theatre and the whole audience – including me – loved the puppets and enjoyed the songs. I’m so pleased that now more children will be able to experience it.”
Axel Scheffler said: “I am very fond of George the giant and his friends in The Smartest Giant in Town; I enjoyed creating his world with its mix of town and countryside, and range of animal characters in a place where everyone lives together harmoniously. The creative team at Little Angel with Fierylight has brought my artwork to life in 3D in a brilliant way and their production is great fun. I really recommend it.”
Also playing at the St Martin’s Theatre is Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which is the world’s longest-running play.
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