Book inspired theatre at The Lowry

Many of the productions we present at The Lowry throughout the year are based on a book. But what better day to draw attention to this than WORLD BOOK DAY 2016!

People across the world, young and old, will be celebrating the delightful joys that come from the written word on paper. Or in most cases today, a tablet. And we’d like to join in the fun by highlighting what fantastic productions have come from a book at The Lowry over the next few months.

Curve Theatre Leicester

The Witches
Mon 21 – Sat 26 March

Roald Dahl’s scariest book is brought to life in a tremendously terrifying treat for the whole family.
Witches absolutely detest children. They want to squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear. But one brave young boy and his grandmother have a plan to get rid of the witches for good… if only they can avoid being turned into mice.
The Witches features a hugely talented cast of actor-musicians, original music and mind-boggling illusions!



The Cat in the Hat
Mon 11 April – Wed 13 April
From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home?

Gruffalo's Child production shot 2

The Gruffalo’s Child
Wed 10 August – Sun 4 September

Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s monstrous success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her at The Lowry
The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should
Ever set foot in the deep dark wood…

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?

Tall Stories Theatre Company returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical stage adaptation.


The Wind In The Willows
Thu 27 October – Sun 6 November
Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad comes to life in a brand new stage musical with a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Ratty, Badger and Mole join the exuberant Toad and embark on a series of adventures and misadventures caused by his insatiable need for speed! Imprisoned for theft and with his existence under threat from the inhabitants of the Wild Wood, Toad must attempt a daring escape to defend Toad Hall. Featuring spectacular stagecraft and a company of over fifty, this sparkling new musical with a glorious original score brings this treasured British classic to life in what is set to be 2016’s wildest theatrical adventure.