by Gardner & Wife Theatre

Books springing to life on stage is a great way to encourage children to read, engage and explore literature as part of their school reading programmes. In 2020 we have Julia Donaldson's children's classic The Gruffalo's Child, brought to the PJLA stage by Gardner & Wife Theatre.



The Handlebards' THE TEMPEST has been cancelled - we will attempt to reschedule it at a later date. Refunds will be processed today. Any questions, please contact

A shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems…  

Join the all-female troupe for a riotous bicycle powered production, filled with  magic, musicality and Shakespearean mayhem.


by Julia Donaldson - adapted for the stage by Tall Stories.

No Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep, dark wood. 

Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall  Stories’ enchanting adaptation of the sequel to The Gruffalo by Julia  Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s  warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark  wood. She follows snowy tracks and encounters mysterious creatures – but  the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he?

Let your imagination run wild with songs, laughs and scary fun for everyone aged 3 to 103.
Running time 55 minutes (no interval)


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Box Office 
Currently, tickets are only available online at www.tix.MY
In person, at the theatre from about an hour before shows.

Problems? Questions? +6017 228 9849 

Online Box Office 


The  weekday morning shows are intended for school groups. Any available tickets are released for public sale a few days before each performance.  

Week 1

  • Weds 19th Feb - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Thurs 20th Feb - 10am & 12:30pm
  • Fri 21st Feb - 10:30am
  • Sun 23rd Feb - 2:30pm & 5:30pm

Week 2

  • Mon 24th Feb - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Tues 25th Feb - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Wed 26th Feb - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Thur 27th Feb - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Fri 28th Feb - 10:30am
  • Sun 1st Mar - 2:30pm [RP] & 5:30pm

[RP] = Relaxed Performance

Week 3

  • Mon 2nd Mar - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Tues 3rd Mar - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Wed 4th Mar - 10am
  • Thurs 5th Mar - 10am & 12.30pm [P]
  • Fri 6th Mar - 10.00am [P]
  • Sun 8th Mar - 2:30pm & 5:30pm

[P] = USM Penang

Week 4

  •  Mon 9th Mar - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Tues 10th Mar - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Wed 11th Mar - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Thur 12th Mar - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Fri 13th Mar - 10:30am
  • Sun 15th Mar - 2:30pm & 5:30pm
  • Mon 16th - 10am & 12.30pm

Tall Stories

Toby Mitchell & Olivia Jacobs

Tall Stories was founded in 1997 by joint artistic directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell, who have co-created all the company’s shows since then. Tall Stories is a registered charity which has become  internationally recognised for its unique blend of storytelling theatre, original music and lots of laughs! 


Open to everyone, but specifically adapted for very young children experiencing their first theatre show, as well as children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory/communication issues. This type of performance - although with exactly the same content and length as a regular performance - aims to provide a more relaxed and supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety.

PJ Live Arts by Jaya One

Directions for the General Public

(Information for school buses is HERE)

PJLA is located on Floor 1 of Jaya One, but is best accessed via The School Enrichment Mall.  

The School Enrichment Mall is on Jalan Universiti, next to Jaya One.
- At one end of Jaya One you will see CIMB Bank. Enter there.
- Immediately bear RIGHT, and then turn left into the first parking entrance (P1), and park. You're now underneath The School Enrichment Mall.  
- Find Lift Lobby A. Take that to Level 1. You'll be outside Chimi Churri restaurant.
- Turn right, and right again, and cross the bridge between The School and Jaya One. PJ Live Arts is at the end of the bridge, on your right. See you there! (Call if you get lost!)

Dewan Budaya @ USM, Penang



by Oliver Jeffers

We're getting STUCK again! STUCK's creator and director Adam Bampton-Smith (UK's Big Wooden Horse) came out to audition and rehearse the cast with choregraphy by Farah Sulaiman. We'll look forward to getting STUCK again later this year!

Gardner & Wife Theatre

Malaysia's busiest presenter for family-friendly theatre!

Founded in 2000 by Chae Lian & Richard Gardner, Gardner & Wife Theatre is Malaysia's busiest arts presenter for international theatre and family-friendly performances. The company is committed to developing Malaysian audiences for the performing arts, and has presented over 50 productions from all over the world including Australia, England, Ireland, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore and USA.
For our past shows:

Richard Harding Gardner

Artistic Director

Richard started his working life in theatre in London, Madrid, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Houston and Los Angeles. Here in Malaysia, he has directed the stage productions of Oliver Jeffers WAY BACK HOME from the original production and adaptation by UK's Big Wooden Horse, the interactive comedy whodunit SHEAR MADNESS, the musical comedies NUNSENSE and A  FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, as well as adapting and directing CHARLEY'S AUNTIE! for the original Actor's Studio under Dataran Merdeka. Richard trained as an actor at Webber Douglas, London, and has a degree in Philosophy from UCLA, Los Angeles.

Chae Lian


Chae Lian initially trained as a performer, receiving her Honours degree in Drama (Acting) from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Returning to Malaysia, she co-founded Gardner & Wife Theatre with Richard in 2001 and the company is now Malaysia's leading presenter for family theatre. In 2006, Chae Lian became the first South-East Asian Fellow in Arts Management at the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington DC, the national cultural institution of the United States of America. In 2013, she joined PJ Live Arts, Selangor's first independent theatre facility, and is currently its Community & Arts Manager.

Natalie Chong


Natalie Chong joined Gardner & Wife Theatre in 2006 as Media Manager. As the role of traditional media in theatre marketing evolved, Natalie broadened her scope of work until she became Administrator, with the responsibility of the accounts, office administration,  and production coordination! 

Gardner & Wife Theatre

30-G Jalan 25/70A #308
50480 Kuala Lumpur