The Gruffalo

children's opera
The Gruffalo  Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 1999 ? Macmillan Children?s Books (LR)
© The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 1999 ? Macmillan Children?s Books (LR)
Little Mouse doesn’t want to appear on the menu of Fox, Owl and Snake, so she invents the terrifying Gruffalo, with orange eyes, a tongue as black as coal and purple stinges from head to tail. Fortunately Mouse knows he doesn’t really exist… Or does he ?

When she finally visits the other animals, accompanied by the real Gruffalo, the monstuous creature erroneously thinks that they are afraid for the tiny creature and fleas like grim death into the forest.

For The Gruffalo - a classic by Julia Donaldson en Axel Scheffler - conductor and composer Iván Fischer wrote music in which surprise and recognizability go hand in hand. In a setting with plenty of colourful illustrations seven singers narrate and enact this funny and thrilling musical story for children from the age of 4, in a Dutch translation in rhyme.

Who is finally afraid of whom ?

Programme & credits


The Gruffalo (2018)
text and images from Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Iván Fischer (°1951)


Filip Rathé

Lissa Meyvis, Franches Dhont, Hanne Nollet, Lars Corijn, Bruno DeJonghe, Wouter Vande Ginste, Leander Van Gijsegem

sound engineer
Yannick Willox

direction, stage- and costume design concept
Birgit Eckenweber

decor- and costume design
Sabine Lindner

realisation costumes
Kathleen Van Mechelen
Cindy Dierckx

Uwe Meurer

production manager
Veerle Vervoort

Concertgebouw Brugge, deSingel Antwerpen

with the support of the Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian federal government.


Sunday 06 March 2022, 11:00
Antwerpen, deSingel
Sunday 06 March 2022, 14:00
Antwerpen, deSingel
Monday 07 March 2022, schoolvoorstelling
Antwerpen, deSingel
Sunday 13 March 2022, 14:00
Turnhout, De Warande
Sunday 20 March 2022, 15:00
Eindhoven (NL), Muziekgebouw
Sunday 27 March 2022, 13:30
Den Haag (NL), Amare
Sunday 03 April 2022, 15:00
Brugge, Concertgebouw
Sunday 03 April 2022, 15:00
Brugge, Concertgebouw
Sunday 10 April 2022, 14:30
Theaters Tilburg (NL)