Leicester and Kingston theatres to stage Giraffes Can’t Dance

Published: 9 July 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Leicester’s Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston are to stage a new production of Giraffes Can’t Dance at Christmas 2019.

Based on the picture book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, Giraffes Can’t Dance will be produced in association with Hachette Children’s Group and Coolabi Group. The book was published in 1999 and has been translated into 34 languages, selling millions of copies worldwide.

Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston previously collaborated on Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat in 2018 and Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine in 2017, The Twits in 2016 and The Witches in 2015.

Curve’s chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said, “Giles Andreae’s world is richly imaginative and a beautifully colourful account of the giraffe who finds his dancing shoes and unique freedom of expression, making it a perfect Christmas treat for little ones.”

Jerry Gunn, executive producer of Rose Theatre Kingston, added, “Giraffes Can't Dance is a truly timeless tale about doing your own thing, having confidence in yourself and persevering. This production will bring to life a whole host of relatable but larger-than-life characters and will thrill families of all ages.”

Giraffes Can’t Dance will run in Curve’s 300-seat studio from Monday 9 until Tuesday 31 December. It will go to Rose Theatre Kingston from Wednesday 8 until Sunday 19 April 2020 before a national tour.