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The Smeds and The Smoos


A stellar new show based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler soars into the West End from 20th July to 03rd September at the Lyric Theatre

Tall Stories presents their newest production, The Smeds and The Smoos, based on the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, which flies into the West End this summer, following a UK tour. The production will run at the Lyric Theatre, from 20 July to 03 September 2023, just in time for the summer holidays!

 The Smeds and The Smoos tells the story of two rival groups of aliens living on a far-off planet: the Smeds (who are red) and the Smoos (who are blue).

The two groups mistrust each other, and the children are told to never play with one another. So, when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space together, how will their families get them back?

Directed by Tall Stories’ co-founder, Toby Mitchell. The cast will include, Felicia Akin-Tayo, Tom Capper, Robert Penny, Andrea Sadler and understudy Grace Liston.  

Photo credit: Mark Senior

Julia Donaldson said: “I loved the show – the brilliantly alien set and lighting, the energetic acting and the wonderful puppets. My favourite was the Lurgle!”

Axel Scheffler said: “It was lovely to find out a lot more about the life of the Smeds and the Smoos and all the other life forms on their far away planets in this delightful play by the Tall Stories team. Space travel for the whole family – at its best!”

This production has music, laughs, puppetry and interplanetary adventures for everyone aged 3 and up! Adapted by Tall Stories, the company that brought you The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale live on stage, audiences can expect joy, jam and jumping!

After years in which so many people (young and old) have felt isolated and cut off, and during which society seems to have become ever more fractured, Tall Stories is proud of this production that focuses on unity and understanding.

Photo credit: Mark Senior

Music, laughs and interplanetary adventures for everyone aged 3 and up, from Tall Stories – the company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage.

“Enchanting and incredibly engaging…a beautiful adaptation.” ★★★★★

“Catchy songs, good gags and interactive action.” ★★★★The Scotsman

“Perfect family viewing.” ★★★★★

“Their enthusiasm is infectious… tremendous fun.” ★★★★ East Midlands Theatre

“A magical blend of catchy songs, adept storytelling and audience participation that youngsters lap up.” ★★★★ East Midlands Theatre

Photo credit: Mark Senior

The Smeds and the Smoos is running at LYRIC THEATRE from 20 JULY TO 03 SEPTEMBER

Address: 29 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7ES


Ticket Prices: From £10

Running Time: 1 hour (with no interval)

Age Recommendation: Recommended for ages 3+.

Performance schedule:
Sunday – Friday, 11am and 2pm

Saturday, 11am (with two additional 2pm performances on 26 August and 2 September)

Thursday 10 August, 2pm will be a relaxed performance

Sunday 20 August, 2pm will be a relaxed performance

Thursday 24 August, 11am will be a BSL and relaxed performance and 2pm will be a BSL performance

Box Office: 0330 333 4812

Link to booking:


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