A TEA-GUZZLING tiger whose hilarious antics have been delighting youngsters for decades will be causing chaos in County Durham this spring.

Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show The Tiger Who Came to Tea is touring the UK once again in 2020 following more than ten years on stage.

It is set to entertain children and adults alike at the Gala Theatre in Durham City on Saturday, February 29, at 1.30pm and 3.30pm and on Sunday, March 1, at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

The play is based on Judith Kerr’s much-loved children’s book of the same name, which was first published in 1968 and has sold more than five million copies.

The book, which started out as a bedtime story Kerr made up for her own children, tells the tale of Sophie and her mum, who are just settling down for their tea when the doorbell rings. Much to their surprise the unexpected visitor is a big stripy tiger who proceeds to eat and drink everything in the house.

A TV adaptation was broadcast on Channel 4 at Christmas and those keen for more teatime mayhem will not want to miss the stage show.

Packed full of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos, it promises to surprise and delight children and the young at heart.

But the fun does not stop there. Sophie and her stripy friend will be back in Durham in the summer as the subject of an exhibition at the Gala Gallery. From Wednesday, July 1 to Saturday, August 29, the gallery will host Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came to Tea – a Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books’ touring exhibition.

Featuring the author’s facsimile artwork, notes and sketches, visitors will be transported into Sophie’s kitchen where all the magic takes place.

Robin Byers, the Gala Theatre’s manager, said: “The Tiger Who Came to Tea has been a bedtime story staple for countless children and their parents over the years.

“It’s a wonderful story and the stage adaptation retains all the magic and mischief, plus plenty of surprises too.”

Tickets are available now priced at £12.50. Family tickets for two adults and two children cost £46.