Stick Man theatre review

Nov 10, 2016 by

Stick Man theatre review

Stick Man theatre Review at Leicester Square theatre

Being a mum of four, I am a huge fan of Julia Donaldson and her fabulous books. The Gruffalo may as well have taken residence in our playroom given the books, puzzles and stationery we have! But, if I am being honest, I have always had reservations about putting these books onto the stage. They live best in children’s imaginations, in the very personal versions we as parents help create for our children with our pretend voices and actions when we read these tales. And isn’t that the whole point of them? So to put them on the stage is not only challenging (I mean let’s face it, how do you make the Room on the Broom broomstick fly?!) but also involves the risky business of ‘meddling’ with the wonderful imaginations of our children. So it was with some trepidation that I took my oldest two to see Stick Man at Leicester Square Theatre on Sunday.

Wow, did I have it wrong. Far from dampening imaginations, the production, performed with complete conviction and commitment by the talented cast inspired both my children and I, and ignited wonderful discussions for most of the hour-long train journey home.


We adored the clever use of key costume pieces, which, coupled with the physicality of the performances, perfectly brought to life everything from sticks to dogs to swans. It was not just the children giggling during the beach scene when sandcastles were built from almost nothing.

Unlike many children’s shows, I felt the production also had depth. There was a beautiful moment during the audience participation section (oh yes, you have to get involved!) when Stick Man sat at the very back of the stage, quietly blowing a few bubbles. My 5 year old completely missed this moment, but as an adult, I found it to be a completely engaging element which said so much about the character, an insight that I am sure will influence my interpretation of the story when we next sit down to read it as a family.


The live musical accompaniment provided by one of the actors added to the educational value of the show. To be able to see the instruments making the noises was something my 8 year old in particular enjoyed.

seal-of-approval-2016-5starSo from Dalton, aged 8, Belle aged 5 and me (aged 40!) we highly recommend this show. For catchy songs (I am not ashamed to admit we sang and skipped our way back to the Tube), to inspired creative to super talented actors, look no further than this fabulous production of Stick Man.

Awarded 5*

Thank you for a wonderful review to Sally Hall; proud mum of 4 and founder of


Scamp Theatre and Freckle Productions present STICK MAN adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffer.

Photos by Steve Ullathorne



Stick Man is adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffer. Julia Donaldson is a British writer, playwright and performer, the 2011–2013 Children’s Laureate and the prize-winning author of some of the world’s most-loved children’s books, most notably the modern classic The Gruffalo which has sold over 5 million copies world- wide. Julia is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffer, which include The Scarecrow’s Wedding, The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man and Tiddler and other Terri c Tales. Their books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into 40 languages. Julia also received an MBE in 2011 for her services to Literature. Julia divides her time between Scotland and West Sussex where she lives with her husband, Malcolm.



Stick Man is created by the award-winning Scamp Theatre, whose stage adaptation is described as “wonderfully exuberant and imaginative” by Time Out. Scamp Theatre was founded in 2003 by award-winning producers Jennifer Sutherland and Louise Callow, and brings a range of theatrical live performance to audiences of all ages, with a focus on the adaptation of children’s literature. Their other stage adaptations of Julia Donaldson’s works include The Scarecrows’ Wedding and Tiddler and other Terrific Tales.

Leicester Square Theatre – 6 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BX Tickets: 020 7734 2222
Tickets: £65.00 – Family £21.50 – Adult £16.50 – Child £14.00 – Rear Stalls
Age 3+
There is a relaxed performance on Wed 30 Nov at 1.30pm all tickets are £5 (bookable over the phone and in person only).



Sat 5 Nov 10.30am, 2.00pm
Sun 6 Nov 10.30am
Sun 6 Nov 2.00pm (press show)
Wed 9 Nov 11.00am
Thu 10 Nov 11.00am
Fri 11 Nov 11.00am
Sat 12 Nov 10.30am 12.15pm
Sun 13 Nov 10.30am, 2.00pm
Wed 16 Nov 11.00am
Thu 17 Nov 11.00am
Sat 19 Nov 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Sun 20 Nov 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Wed 23 Nov 11.00am
Thu 24 Nov 11.00am
Fri 25 Nov 11.00am
Sat 26 Nov 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Sun 27 Nov 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Wed 30 Nov 11.00am
Wed 30 Nov at 1.30pm Relaxed Performance all tickets are £5
(bookable over the phone and in person only) Thu 1 Dec 11.00am
Fri 2 Dec 11.00am
Sat 3 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Sun 4 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Wed 7 Dec 11.00am, 1.30pm
Thu 8 Dec 11.00am, 1.30pm
Fri 9 Dec 11.00am, 1.30pm
Sat 10 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Sun 11 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Wed 14 Dec 11.00am, 1.30pm
Thu 15 Dec 11.00am, 1.30pm
Fri 16 Dec 11.00am, 1.30pm
Sat 17 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Sun 18 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Tue 20 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Wed 21 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Thu 22 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Frri 23 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Tue 27 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Wed 28 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Thu 29 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm
Fri 30 Dec 10.30am, 12.15pm, 2.00pm


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