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Our Three Billy Goats Gruff have trotted their way into the Minerva Theatre! Take a sneak peek at their adventure below:

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Justin Audibert, CFT’s new Artistic Director, tells us all about this perfect treat for 3-7 year olds and their grown-ups.

You’re directing The Three Billy Goats Gruff which was first seen at the Unicorn earlier this year. What can you tell us about this production?

There are three exceedingly mischievous goats, a caring but forgetful goatherder called Little Bo Frilly and a very hungry, goat-obsessed, bridge dwelling Troll. Those naughty goats have got to get to the other side of the valley to eat some fresh grass but the Troll who patrols the bridge is very very interested in getting himself some fresh goat meat for his dinner.

It’s a simple story but told on James Button’s gorgeous neon infused set, lit by the brilliant Sam Waddington, with the dynamic choreography of Shanelle ‘Tali’ Fergus and all underpinned by luscious and eclectic score that Stiles and Drewe have gifted us.

What was it about this Stiles and Drewe Musical that made you keen to work on it?

The songs are incredibly varied in their influences – there’s classic Broadway showtunes, a hip-hop goat anthem, a 90s club aerobics-inspired banger and a Barry White-esque soulful love ode. It’s a blast finding the choreographic and performance language to tell this story.

Thankfully Stiles and Drewe are just the consummate storytelling professionals and so the music and the lyrics are always pushing the story forward. They have given us such a strong framework to build a show from and they also have so much experience and wisdom to impart that having their input has just been a wonderful learning experience for me and the entire team.

What’s the biggest challenge in directing a musical aimed at 3 – 7 year-olds?

I think trying to get the balance between the Troll being scary enough that there is real jeopardy in the story but not so scary that it frightens the children has been the key challenge.

And why do you think this would be a perfect first musical for young families?

The music is just so uplifting and so joyful that it really does have something for everyone - plus there are plenty of cracking jokes for the parents too. What’s not to love about a Prince-inspired Troll singing about his problematic love of eating goats?

What would you say to anyone thinking of booking to see The Three Billy Goats Gruff?

It’s 55-minutes of non-stop theatrical exuberance with wonderful songs, high octane dancing, some very funny gags and a design that is an all-round dazzling assault on the senses. It’s got the feel of a rock concert for 3 – 7 year-olds, so what could be better for Christmas?

This is an edited version of an interview that originally appeared on