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Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

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  • Theatre Royal Haymarket are set to reopen with new COVID-safety measures in place in response to the latest government advice.
  • One of the most popular family theatre shows of 2019 is returning to London’s Haymarket Theatre in summer 2021.
  • Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, takes to the stage once again in this charming page-to-stage adaptation.
  • Produced by one of the biggest names in kids’ theatre, London-based Nick Brooke Ltd. promise to put on a heartwarming show that certainly does justice to the much-loved original storybook.


One of the most-loved illustrated children’s books of all time, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, was expertly adapted by Nick Brooke Ltd. in 2008 and became an understandably instant hit with families across London and beyond. Now back in London by popular demand after acclaimed worldwide tours, this The Tiger Who Came to Tea theatre show is ready to warm our hearts all over again.

Nick Brooke Limited produce the best London family shows in the UK, taking to the stage at London’s West End, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and even across the pond in Asia, Australia and the USA. They turn some of the most popular books for toddlers and children into delightful live-on-stage performances, and The Tiger Who Came to Tea is no exception. 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea drinking from a teapot on stage.

This Judith Kerr illustrated children’s book has been a staple in UK households since its initial publication in 1968. It tells an unlikely but completely charming story of Sophie and her mother’s interrupted afternoon tea, when a tiger rings on their doorbell and joins them at the table! With delightful illustrations and touchingly memorable words, both by Judith Kerr, The Tiger Who Came to Tea has been voted Britain’s best-loved picture book and it transfers to the stage remarkably well. David Wood’s Olivier-nominated production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket features wonderful costumes (including a life-sized tiger), endearing sets and the same characters we all know and love.

Whether you missed it the first time around or have been waiting to hit the Haymarket for more, book your purrfect family treat now and get that nostalgia flowing.

What to know before you go

  • Theatre Royal Haymarket are planning to reopen in autumn 2020 with COVID-safety measures in place in response to the latest government guidance. Thorough cleaning regimes have been introduced to the theatre, tickets are being sold with a reduced capacity and social distancing measures will be in place. Please follow these and wear a face covering when instructed to do so by the theatre.
  • The Tiger Who Came To Tea is running from 12 July – 5 September 2021. It is 55 minutes long with no interval.
  • The show is suitable for children ages 3+. Babies in arms under 18 months old can still enter, and if they are sitting on an adult’s lap then they do not need a ticket. 
  • There are toilets in the Stalls, Royal Circle and Upper Circle areas. Disabled toilets are located on street level at the back of the Stalls.
  • There is wheelchair and step-free access to the theatre; please contact Haymarket directly. Assistant dogs are permitted into the theatre and auditorium, but staff can look after them during the performance if you prefer.
  • Amplification headsets are available for those who are hard of hearing.
  • In the adjacent Haymarket Hotel, you’ll find the upmarket Brumus Bar and Restaurant offering pre and post theatre dining or a sophisticated afternoon tea.
  • Nearby, there are also plenty of more relaxed places to eat at Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square or Trafalgar Square, including family favourites such as the Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, Pizza Hut, Shake Shack, Wagamama, TGI Fridays and many more.
  • Theatre Royal Haymarket is air conditioned for any unexpected summer heatwaves!

Getting there

  • Theatre Royal Haymarket is located at 18 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HT. It is just off Trafalgar Square, down the road from Piccadilly Circus.
  • The nearest car park is in Whitcomb Street, and it is part of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme. Disabled parking spaces are available here, and there are also on street disabled parking bays at Suffolk Street and Charles II Street.
  • The nearest Tube station is Piccadilly Circus, serving the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines just a few minutes' walk away. Nearby there is also Leicester Square Tube station, serving the Northern and Piccadilly lines, and Charing Cross underground station serving the Bakerloo and Northern lines.
  • The closest train station to the theatre is Charing Cross, just a five-minute walk away, for Southeastern National Rail services.
  • Buses 12, 88, 159 and 453 stop outside the theatre at Haymarket Charles II Street (Stop P). Many more buses also pass through Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar and Leicester Square. 
  • Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Images © Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

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Smash-hit family show The Tiger Who Came to Tea, adapted from Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book, is returning to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in summer 2021.
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