How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical heads out on its first ever UK tour
- Kelly Apter
- 19 November 2019
Starring 2016 X Factor winner Matt Terry as Young Max
It's over 60 years since Dr Seuss wrote that Christmas might mean 'a little bit more' than gifts. And while shops in December often suggest otherwise, his book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! still holds a place in our hearts.
Written by Seuss in 1957, the book was adapted for television in 1966, turned into a musical in 1994 and, most famously, became a Hollywood blockbuster starring Jim Carrey in 2000. But while the musical has been a regular feature at theatres in the US for the past 25 Christmases, it's only just made it to these shores.
Touring the UK this winter, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical brings the grumpy green fellow, his doggy sidekick, the community of Whoville and a raft of catchy songs with it. And for one young man, it's a bit of a dream come true.
'As a kid, I grew up watching the Jim Carrey film,' says Matt Terry, winner of 2016's The X Factor, who is now taking on the role of Young Max the dog. 'It was a big part of my childhood and my whole family still watches it at Christmas. So to be in the show is just great.'
Although most used to belting out pop numbers, Terry recently cut his theatrical animal teeth playing Alex the Lion in the UK tour of Madagascar the Musical.
'I think it's the movement in my body that helps me play an animal,' he says. 'But they're very different – Alex was agile and full of himself, while Max is a naïve puppy who just messes around, so he's good fun to play.'
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 26 Nov–Sun 1 Dec, and touring.