Room on the Broom

Opened 28 July 2010, Closed 29 August 2010 at the Garrick Theatre
Returned 21 November 2012, Closed 13 January 2013 at the Lyric Theatre
Returned 26 November 2014, Closed 11 January 2015 at the Lyric Theatre

The children's stage show Room on the Broom in London for special daytime performances, adapted from the best-selling book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

"How the cat purred and how the witch grinned
As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind"
The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a gust of wind blows her hat, bow and wand away into the night. With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, the lost belongings are retrieved. But this broomstick's not meant for five and - CRACK! - it snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

Room on the Broom in London promises a magical, musical delight for children aged three and up.

This production returns to London's West End following successful seasons at the Garrick Theatre from from 28 July to 29 August 2010 and the Lyric Theatre from 21 November 2012 to 13 January 2013. Adapted for the stage by the Tall Stories Theatre Company. Directed by Olivia Jacobs with designs by Morgan Large, puppet designs by Yvette Stone, lighting by James Whiteside and sound by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw. Tall Stories' West End credits include The Gruffalo, Gruffalo's Child and We're Going On A Bear Hunt.

"These days, no sooner does a picture-book become a bestseller than a near facsimile is created for the stage. Carers and parents, confident about what they are going to get, pay... for a five-minute bedtime story blown up into a 55-minute show, which is stretching things on many levels. That is certainly the case with the adaptation of writer Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler's Room On A Broom. The very small theatrical leap from page to stage involves turning the story into a dream shared by four youngsters who are sleeping in the woods when they suddenly hear a growl. With a rather good whooshing sound, one of them transforms into a witch on a broomstick, another, wearing a stripy top, into her devoted tabby cat. The two others operate the delightful puppets of the dog, the bird and the frog who ask for a ride on the broom, and then the far from fearsome dragon who threatens to have witch and chips for his tea. The cast bring terrific energy to the show and the broomstick riding is rather nicely evoked... This is the dramatic equivalent of liquidised, unseasoned food. It goes down effortlessly, but won't help to cut any young theatrical teeth. Not bad, just bland." The Mail on Sunday

"It's high stakes taking a classic such as Julia Donaldson's Room on the Broom and converting it for the stage: get it wrong and you ruin 100 children's favourite book. For ever. This surprisingly low-tech production - a mix of puppetry, cardboard props and sing-alongs - gets it right, and somehow manages not to be eye-wateringly dull for the parents... There is a witch who meets various animals, who cadge a lift off her. She makes room (on the broom) for each newcomer - until the broom snaps, tipping the whole menagerie into a swamp. When (spoiler alert) a dragon attacks them, the animals join together to save the witch. Her generosity is rewarded, you see." The Sunday Times

Room on the Broom in London at the Lyric Theatre opened on 26 November 2014 and closeed on 11 January 2015.