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02 Jul – 12 Aug 2018
The Old Globe, San Diego

17 Apr – 10 Jun 2018
Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis

09 Dec 2017 – 21 Jan 2018
Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto

04 Dec 2015 – 06 Jan 2016
Old Vic Theatre

5 star
“The best family show since Matilda.”
The Guardian

“The Lorax himself is a beguiling puppet with a fat fringed moustache expertly and expressively manipulated.”
Daily Mail

“The real star of the show is undoubtedly its eponymous hero. A puppet operated by a team of three, the hangdog beast looks like a cross between Yoda and a schnauzer and is thoroughly winning.”
Time Out

“His copious yellow moustache deserves a Best Supporting Actor nomination. I suggest the Lorax himself signs with a top agent and waits for the offers to flood in.”
Evening Standard


An Old Vic production


Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Adapted by David Greig

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

The Once-ler discovers a valley filled with wondrous Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans and Humming-Fishes. Bewitched by the beauty of the Truffula Tree tufts, he greedily chops them down to produce and mass-market knitted Thneeds. As the trees disappear and the animals leave, a moustachioed and cantankerous critter called the Lorax warns the Once-ler not to mess with Mother Nature. But will his words of wisdom take effect?

Finn Caldwell worked with Gyre & Gimble Associate Artist Nick Barnes to transform Dr. Seuss’s iconic illustrations into a cast of singing and dancing puppets. The production blended theatrical invention, songs and zany humour in a timely and vibrant show with a message for grandparents, parents and children alike.

Creative Team

Director Max Webster
Set & Costume Design Rob Howell
Choreography Drew McOnie
Puppetry Director Finn Caldwell
Puppet Design Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell
Music & Lyrics Charlie Fink
Lighting Jon Clark
Sound Tom Gibbons
Associate Puppet Designer Dulcie Best
Puppet Fabricators Caroline Bowman, Catriona Hawkins, Hugh Purves, Oli Siminon,
Ivan Thorley & Alex Genn-Bash

Original Cast

The Lorax Laura Cubitt, Simon Lipkin (voice) & Ben Thompson
The Once-ler Simon Paisley Day
Donkey Emily Houghton
Ensemble  Stuart Angell, Thomas Arnold, Miles Barrow, Jack Beale, Caleb Frederick, Richard Katz, Anabel Kutay, Melanie La Barrie, Penny Layden, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Ebony Molina, Juma Sharkah & Silas Wyatt-Barke

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