Dr Seuss’s The Lorax to Land in London’s West End at The Old Vic

Following rave reviews and an Olivier nomination, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax is returning to the West End. The production will run at The Old Vic from 15th October through 5th November 2017.

The story follows a magical creature called the Lorax,  who ‘spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers in disrespecting the environment.’ This Dr Seuss story has inspired and enlightened multiple generations about our responsibility in caring for our only home.

The Lorax was adapted for the stage by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink and direction by Max Webster.

A stage photo of The Lorax's production in 2015 at The Old Vic. Photo courtesy of The Stage.
A photo of The Lorax‘s production in 2015 at The Old Vic. Photo courtesy of TheStage.com

What critics have to say about The Lorax

During its 2015 run at The Old Vic, The Lorax received a number of positive reviews from theatre critics and publications.

Michael Billington from The Guardian said: ‘David Greig’s anarchic take on the ecological analogy–where greed increases the need for “thneeds”–is full of verbal wit and social purpose’. He also declared The Lorax as ‘the best family show since Matilda’ and gave it 5/5 stars.

The Arts Desk gave the show 3/5 stars, saying it ‘was full of good intentions. The production was fun and frolicsome up to a point and sometimes simply bewildering.’

City A.M. praised how David Greig took major liberties with the story. They described the 2015 show as ‘loud and bright enough to keep the kids happy, but there are plenty of jokes about lawyers and politicians and the internet to please their parents, too.’

Meanwhile, The Stage said it was ‘spellbinding’. Further, they wrote that The Lorax ‘turn[ed] out to be a family entertainment with both meaning and a message.’

Lastly, online publication What’s On Stage described the show’s staging as ‘colourful and brilliantly innovative’.

To add to these, the previous production also received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment and Family Show. With the same creative team still leading the upcoming production, The Lorax may receive more praises a second time around.