Tabby McTat, based on the book by Julia Donaldson Image supplied by The Stables

Tabby McTat from the book by Julia Donaldson by Axel Scheffler

A stage adaptation of Tabby McTat, based on the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, is playing at The Stables, Milton Keynes.

Tabby McTat is a busker’s cat with the loudest of meows. He sings all day long with his best friend Fred, until one day they get separated. Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts a cat could dream of, but he soon misses his old friend. Will they ever find each other?

Brought to life on stage with original songs and inventive puppetry, Tabby McTat is a story of friendship and loyalty.

Tabby McTat is Freckle Productions’ latest adaptation of a book by Julia Donaldson. It follows their acclaimed production of Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales. Best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Julia Donaldson is the multi award-winning author of some of the world’s best loved children’s books. Most notably the modern classic The Gruffalo which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

Julia Donaldson said:

“I have a very soft spot for Tabby McTat, perhaps because I used to be a busker myself, and also because I am a great cat-lover. So I’m absolutely delighted that Freckle Productions are going to be dramatising my story and I can’t wait to see it.”

Jen Sutherland and Jay Green of Freckle Productions said:

“We are delighted to be bringing another new production of Julia Donaldson’s work to the stage. Tabby McTat is a fabulous book and we are thrilled to be working with Alan Lane and Tristan Parkes, two genuine visionaries, who are bringing something very special to theatre for young people and their families.”

Tabby McTat is directed by Alan Lane and designed by Heledd Rees, with music by Bobby Delaney. The assistant director is Georgia Green. The cast features Luke Adamson, Riana Duce, Anna Larkin and Terence Rae.

The cast of Tabby McTat. Photo Credit Robin Savage

Listing Info


Mon 17 1.30pm

Tue 18 11.30am & 1.30pm

Wed 19 11.30am & 1.30pm

Thu 20 11.30am & 1.30pm

Fri 21 11.30am & 1.30pm

Sat 22 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Sun 23 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Mon 24 11.30am & 1.30pm

Tue 25 No Performances

Wed 26 11.30am & 1.30pm

Thu 27 11.30am & 1.30pm*

Fri 28 11.30a & 1.30pm

Sat 29 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Sun 30 11.30am 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Suitable for children and families of all ages. Running time: Approximately 1 hour

Ticket prices

Adults: £15

Children under 16: £13

Family ticket: £52 (two adults, two children)

Carers accompanying disabled patrons: £11.25

Groups of 10+: £12

Schools: £11 (one free ticket with every 10 purchased)

Relaxed performance: £11

Box office 01908 2808000, online at

*BSL-Interpreted & Relaxed Performance (Thu 27 Dec, 1.30pm):

This performance is specifically designed for people who will benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with an autism spectrum condition, sensory and communication disorders or a learning disability. This performance will also be sign-language interpreted.

The cast of Tabby McTat. Photo Credit Robin Savage