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Olivier Award-Nominated Musical Adaption of Beloved Picture Book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Heading to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this Easter Break

28th February 2023


Following a summer run in London’s West End, Tall Stories’ Olivier Award-nominated adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic picture book, directed by Olivia Jacobs, will be flying to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 April. Jump on board the broom with the witch and her cat in this fun-filled magical musical adaptation. With enchanting puppetry, sing-a-long songs and hilarious fun, Room on the Broom is an ideal family treat and a magical introduction to theatre for everyone aged 3 and upwards.

The witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers – a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a frantic frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two… just as the hungry dragon appears! Will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?
Acclaimed theatre company Tall Stories is renowned for its joyful, fun-filled productions for family audiences that have toured all over the world. The company’s adaptations of the best-selling picture books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have included productions of The Gruffalo, The Smeds and The Smoos, The Snail and the Whale and The Gruffalo’s Child.

Room on the Broom was created in 2008 by Tall Stories and has toured the UK and Ireland extensively, as well as numerous international tours including Australia (inc. Sydney Opera House), Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Poland. The show has also been translated into German where it tours regularly with Junges Theater, Bonn. In 2013 Room on the Broom was nominated for a prestigious Olivier Award for Best Family & Entertainment production. A soundtrack of songs from the show is available to buy at

The new cast includes Jessica Manu (Where the Bugaboo Lives, Little Angel Theatre; Cinderella, Lyric Hammersmith) who makes her West End debut as Witch. Hannah Miller (The Snail and the Whale, West End/ Sydney Opera House/ UK Tour; Roots, Wilton’s Music Hall) will play Cat, Charlie Guest (The Cantabile Christmas Concert, West End; The Gruffalo, Lyric Theatre, West End/UK & Asia Tour), is no stranger to  the show and returns to the role of Dog and Frog following his performance in the West End and on our Asian Tour and Jake Waring (Brassed Off and Cinderella, Derby Theatre; Madame Butterfly, English National Opera/Blind Summit) will play Bird and Dragon. The company is completed by Jayant Singh (Swell, Lion and Unicorn Theatre) as understudy.

Room on the Broom is directed by Olivia Jacobs, designed by Morgan Large, with puppet design by Yvonne Stone, lighting design by James Whiteside, choreography by Morag Cross and music composed by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw.


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