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Tickets for the South African version of The Gruffalo (Port Alfred High School Hall from 11 to 23 December 2016 and Port Elizabeth 15 to 28 January 2017) are selling well but, CEO of the National Arts Festival, Tony Lankester, advised locals to book early – before the arrival of the coastal holidaymakers. “We expect demand for tickets to increase dramatically after the 16th of December and encourage Eastern Cape locals to get in before the rush,” he said.

The Gruffalo had an outstanding season in Cape Town eliciting “screeches of joy” from its young audience ( It garnered excellent reviews from the press with Barbara Loots, Theatre Scene Cape Town, describing it as “an enchanting production, powered by the energy of kidlet-giggles that ripple through the room, as they respond to the characters on stage”.

“Being a foundation phase reader at some of our local schools, teachers and moms and dads are already taking up the opportunity of having this first-class production on their doorstep,” said Festival Manager, Kate Davies. “The Gruffalo will tour nationally after its Eastern Cape season and an isiXhosa version is in the pipeline. It’s a project we are extremely proud of in Grahamstown and I look forward to seeing more of the pure joy that this production elicits from its young audiences,” she said.Bookings can be made online at or telephonically on 046 603 1163 or 081 321 3574. Tickets, if still available, can also be bought at the venue an hour before performances. Tickets are R60 (full price) with concessions for children and pensioners at R55. It’s the ideal pre-Christmas treat for children from the age of the three and up. Grannies and Grandads please note that pensioners (65+) are entitled to the same discount as children and should choose the concession price when they book. PLUS: Like our Facebook page for automatic entry into competitions for tickets and autographed posters!

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