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A scarecrow, a wedding and a brilliant author

Julia Donaldson's best-selling kids' book The Scarecrows' Wedding has been brought to life on stage - and it's coming to the Rose Theatre in Kingston

If JK Rowling is the queen of children’s chapter books, then Julia Donaldson is undoubtedly the queen of the picture book – alongside her creative partner, the illustrator Axel Scheffler, of course.

But while the Donaldson-Scheffler partnership is undoubtably brilliant, it’s Donaldson’s vivid and quirky tales plus that jaunty rhyming prose that sticks in the mind of both the under fives, and their mums and dads.

Donaldson is the author of more than 150 books, including a series of short phonics reading books and a couple of children’s chapter books. Unsurprisingly, many of her stories have been brought to life on both the stage and the telly, including the brilliant Gruffalo, and The Gruffalo’s Child, and (my favourite) Room on the Broom.

It’s no surprise then that one of her most recent tales, the bestselling, The Scarecrows’ Wedding has been adapted for the stage and is touring the UK with the lively and innovative Scamp Theatre. And it comes to the Rose Theatre in Kingston  next Fri 23 until Sun 25 June.

The story is a simple romance, aimed at the three-and-overs. Two scarecrows, Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, are planning the perfect wedding. Meanwhile the devilishly smooth, but wicked, scarecrow, Reginald Rake, has other ideas and almost ruins their special day. Harry must become a hero before he and Betty can have the wedding of their dreams.

There’s singing and dancing, and of course, the production is performed in Donaldson’s glorious rhyme.

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