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Judith Kerr's story The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes to Kent theatres

Author Judith Kerr sat down to write the picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea 50 years ago last year, inspired by a trip to the zoo with her daughter to see tigers.

Judith sadly passed away at the age of 95 last month, but her stories live on.

She produced 32 other books, including the Mog series, based on a selection of pet cats she'd had over the years.

Author Judith Kerr, whose books include The Tiger Who Came to tea Picture: Eliz Huseyin
Author Judith Kerr, whose books include The Tiger Who Came to tea Picture: Eliz Huseyin

The Tiger Who Came To Tea has sold more than five million copies since it was first published in 1968, spanning generations of children, parents and grandparents.

Fresh from celebrating its 10th anniversary on stage and decades as Britain’s best-loved picture book, the stage version of The Tiger Who Came To Tea comes to the Churchill Theatre in Bromley next week.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea on stage Picture: Robert Day
The Tiger Who Came to Tea on stage Picture: Robert Day

Adapted and directed by David Wood, it is suitable for children aged three and above.

For anyone who doesn't know the story...the doorbell rings just as Sophie and her Mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

It is more than 50 years since Judith Kerr wrote The Tiger Who Came to Tea Picture: HarperCollins
It is more than 50 years since Judith Kerr wrote The Tiger Who Came to Tea Picture: HarperCollins

When Sophie and her Mummy welcome the hungry Tiger to tea, he proceeds to eat all the sandwiches, buns and biscuits. He even manages to drink all the water in the tap...what will Sophie’s Daddy say?

DETAILS

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley from Monday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 12. You can book at churchilltheatre.co.uk or call 020 3285 6000.

The show is also at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28. For tickets go to atgtickets.com

It is at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells from Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29. Book by calling 01892 530613 or go to assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

And at The Woodville, Gravesend, on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24. Book by calling 08442 439 480.

Read our interview with Judith Kerr from last year here.

Read more: All the latest stage news across Kent

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