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Tall Stories Theatre Company
Joint Artistic Director
Toby co-founded Tall Stories in 1997 with joint artistic director Olivia Jacobs. The company is a registered charity which tours nationally and internationally with its unique blend of storytelling theatre, original music and lots of humour.
Tall Stories is perhaps best known for its theatrical adaptation of ‘The Gruffalo’, which premiered in 2001, only 18 months after the book’s publication. The company produces three other Donaldson/Scheffler titles, alongside many other large, mid and small scale shows.
Prior to Tall Stories, Toby worked as a French teacher at Kimbolton School, assistant director at Soho Theatre Company, French textbook editor at Thomas Nelson and editor at Macmillan Children’s Books.
The Gruffalo 20th Anniversary – from Book to Global Brand
This year the Gruffalo turns 20. With 13.5 million books sold worldwide, an Oscar nominated animation, successful West End and Broadway stage shows, a Gruffalo ride in Chessington and a broad merchandising offering - how did it all begin?