CDP Theatre Producers, The Gruffalo


CDP presents Tall Stories' production of


based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler


A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood ...

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia.

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun!

Age recommendation: 3+ and their adults
Duration: Approximately 55mins, no interval

The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children's Books


December 2023 Australian Tour

Nina Carcione


Raised in Fremantle, Western Australia, Nina is a 2021 graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (Bachelor of Music Theatre), and a 2017 graduate of Brent Street (Diploma of Music Theatre). Notable roles from her time at QCGU include Jan in Grease at QPAC (dir. Alister Smith), and Dance Captain/Serena in Legally Blonde (dir. Penny Farrow).

Nina starred in the Hayes Theatre Company/Neglected Musicals 2022 production of Brigadoon in the role of Maggie (dir. Shaun Rennie), and has recently finished up on Fergus Ferry: The Musical (dir. Liesel Baddorek). She is represented by Aran Michael Management and has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity since 2021.

Nina is thrilled to be making her touring debut with CDP Theatre Producers in The Gruffalo.


Tom Gustard

TOM GUSTARD – Predators

Tom is a graduate of WAAPA’s music theatre course, completing his BA in 2017. Most recently, Tom was cast as Boris for a workshop and filming of the brand new stage adaptation of Fergus Ferry: The Musical. Tom has also recently toured NSW as part of Children’s Book Week 2023 in Way Too Cool.

Tom was seen in WTC’s production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as Adam/Felicia. In 2022 Tom was fortunate enough to appear in Packemin’s production of Kinky Boots as one of The Angels.

Stage credits whilst at WAAPA include; Kurt Kelly in Heathers: The Musical, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oscar in 42nd Street as well as being featured in both RENT and Bring It On: The Musical.

Tom is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Gruffalo to bring this fun and exciting story to life!

Jake Tyler

JAKE TYLER - Gruffalo / Narrator

As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Music, Jake is a multifaceted artist whose varied live performance experience has seen him perform alongside American composer John Bucchino and perform with international star Adele in her most recent Australian tour. From roles in internationally touring musicals such as Cats The Musical New Zealand Tour to performances with Opera Australia, Australian Shakespeare Company and the The Tap Pack, Jake has shared his velvet voice and unique talent at urban music festivals and iconic venues like the Opera House and is equally at home in both.

Jake has performed on multiple cruise lines as a production guest entertainer and was a part of the original Australian cast of The Deb performed at ATYP. Last year, Jake was seen directing Heathers: The Musical at ARA Darling Quarter Theatre in which was nominated for a Broadway World Award for Best Direction. Most recently, Jake was cast as George in the original Australian cast of Fergus Ferry: The Musical. He released his debut single The Golden Age, which is available on all streaming platforms and will be releasing his debut EP very soon.

Jake is thrilled to be making his CDP debut, portraying the gentle giant of the Gruffalo!


Hannah Wood, Isabella Forte, Alec Steedman


Adaptation by Tall Stories Theatre Company
Olivia Jacobs & Toby Mitchell, artistic directors

Produced in Australia and New Zealand by CDP Kids

Original Direction: Olivia Jacobs
Creative Producer: Toby Mitchell
Musical Director: Jon Fiber
Music and lyrics: Jon Fiber, Robin Price, Olivia Jacobs, Andy Shaw
Music production: Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for Shock Productions
Choreography: Morag Cross

Associate Director (Australia): Liesel Badorrek
Designer: Isla Shaw
Original Lighting Design: James Whiteside


Company Stage Manager: Elliot Glass
Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Tighe


" an exuberant, funny show. Top five children’s shows of 2001 "

Time Out

" funny, charming and smart...brings the house down "

Sydney Morning Herald

" songs and delicious asides for for all the family, particularly those with a sense of humour. "


" While your children are having a whale of a time at The Gruffalo, you will too. "

Courier Mail

" Beg, borrow or steal tickets. Your kids will love you for it. "

Stage Whispers

" the cast of three bring the story to wonderful life... This is an irresistibly charming tale told with refreshing simplicity "

The Times (London)

" his whimsical, imaginative show is pitched at just the right level for three to seven-year- olds, as well as the big ones they have brought along with them...clever storytelling... enchanting characterisation... a rare treat that really is for all the family "

The Scotsman

" an absolute peach of a show "

The List

" monstrous fun...sparks the young imagination..hugely popular...enthralling entertainment "

London Sunday Herald


We believe in making our shows accessible for children with additional sensory and learning needs.

A visual story is available for The Gruffalo to help you prepare for your visit to the theatre.


Accessible performances may be available at some venues. Please check with your local venue for details.

For additional online resources to extend the theatre experience, visit CDP Digital.

Teachers and registered homeschoolers can also access education activities and resources at CDP Education.






9 August 2024
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bookings: or phone (02) 6333 6161


13 – 14 August 2024
Goulburn Performing Arts Centre
Bookings: or phone (02) 4823 4999


16 August 2024
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IMB Theatre)
Bookings: or phone (02) 4224 5999


6 September 2024
Civic Theatre
Bookings: or phone (02) 4929 1977


9 – 10 September 2024
Capitol Theatre Tamworth
Bookings: or phone (02) 6767 5200


16 – 19 October 2024
Glen St Theatre
Bookings: or phone (02) 9470 5913


24 – 25 October 2024 *
Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre
Bookings: or phone (02) 6801 4378

* 24 October 10:30am/12:30pm
Relaxed Relaxed Performance

Port Macquarie

29 – 30 October 2024
Glasshouse Port Macquarie
Bookings: or phone (02) 6581 8888


3 – 4 November 2024
Griffith Regional Theatre
Bookings: or phone (02) 6962 8444
School Shows:



19 September 2024
The Cube Wodonga
Bookings: or phone (02) 6022 9311


21 – 22 September 2024
Geelong Arts Centre
Bookings: or phone 1300 251 200


25 September 2024 *
The Round
Bookings: or phone (03) 9262 6555

* 25 September 10am
Relaxed Relaxed Performance


7 – 8 November 2024
West Gippsland Arts Centre
Bookings: or phone (03) 5624 2456


9 November 2024
Gippsland Performing Arts Centre
Bookings: or phone (03) 5176 3333


11 November 2024
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub
Bookings: or phone (03) 5152 1482


15 November 2024
Horsham Town Hall
Bookings: or phone (03) 5382 9555


18 November 2024 *
Lighthouse Theatre
Bookings: or phone (03) 5559 4999

* 18 November 6:30pm
Auslan Interpreted Auslan Interpreted Performance


21 November 2024
Wyndham Cultural Centre
Bookings: or phone (03) 8734 6000



20 August 2024
Ipswich Civic Centre
Bookings: or phone (07) 3810 6100


23 August 2024
The Events Centre
Bookings: or phone (07) 5491 4240


26 – 27 August 2024
Moncrieff Entertainment Centre
Bookings: or phone (07) 4230 4100


29 – 30 August 2024
Proserpine Entertainment Centre
Bookings: or phone (07) 4945 0405


3 September 2024 *
Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre
Bookings: or phone (07) 4961 9777

* 3 September 12:30pm
Relaxed Relaxed Performance



6 – 7 December 2024
Canberra Theatre Centre
Bookings: or Phone (02) 6275 2700



28 – 29 November 2024
Darwin Entertainment Centre
BOOKING: or Phone (08) 8980 3333

More dates to be announced soon.

If you live in a metropolitan area in any of the states above, you can register for updates from CDP below.

If you live in a suburban or regional area, we encourage you to contact your local venue to register your interest in the show.