The Gruffalo and Friends

An afternoon with bestselling children's book author Julia Donaldson

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WHEN Tue 25 Feb, 4.30pm
VENUE The Playhouse, Geelong Arts Centre

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WHEN Wed 26 Feb, 4.30pm
VENUE Goldfields Theatre, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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AGES Recommended for audiences aged 5+

Children aged under 2 years are admitted free of charge to this performance, provided they are seated on their carer’s lap without a pram. Please contact us on +61 (0) 3 9094 7859 if you would like more information.

Join top children’s author Julia Donaldson, her guitar-playing husband Malcolm and friends for an out-of-this-world show full of songs and storytelling.

With old favourites and new tales to discover, get ready to enter the deep dark wood with The Gruffalo, head to the farmyard with our favourite crime-busting ladybird in What the Ladybird Heard before you zoom into space with The Smeds and the Smoos.

Come along and join in the adventure!


Julia Donaldson is the author of some of the world’s best-loved children’s books, including the modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Childwhich together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures.

Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs. She was the UK Children’s Laureate 2011-13, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has been honoured with an CBE for services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.

The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children’s Books
What the Ladybird Heard © Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks 2009 – Macmillan Children’s Books