New images and UK Tour announced for THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW after West End run

First images released of the UK cast

And a 2017 UK Tour announced for



Four stories from the wonderful world of Eric Carle


Live on stage and in the West End for the first time


At the Ambassadors Theatre

From Friday 2 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017



First images are released today of the UK cast of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, which opens for a limited 5-week season at the Ambassadors Theatre from Friday 2 December 2016. It is also announced today that, once The Very Hungry Caterpillar has made his West End debut, the show will then embark on a major UK Tour in 2017, opening at Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestoneon Saturday 28 January. Full tour schedule attached.  



The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will feature a menagerie of 75 enchanting puppets during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle’s best loved books for the stage: The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseMister SeahorseThe Very Lonely Firefly and one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Eric Carle’s books have captivated generations of readers with their iconic hand-painted illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing millions of children to a bigger, brighter world, and to their first experience of reading itself. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has nibbled its way into the hearts of millions of children all over the world. It has been translated into 62 languages and sold over 43 million copies, remaining one of the top ten bestselling children’s books of all time. Since it was first published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, most of which he also wrote, and more than 138 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is adapted for the stage by director Jonathan Rockefeller, whose production sees four master puppeteers weave their way through Eric Carle’s stories, bringing to life 75 magical puppets that faithfully recreate the wonderfully colourful world of Carle’s illustrations.


The cast features Andrew Cullimore (Charlie and Lola, UK Tour), Sarah Hamilton (Charlie and Lola, Australian Tour), Katie Haygarth (In The Night Garden Live) and Adam Ryan (The Smurfs Live, World Tour).


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show first premiered in Australia in 2015 before opening in New York at the Acorn Theatre in January 2016. It is currently nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and returns next month for a second run due to popular demand. The New York production broke box office records and attracted celebrities with families including Chelsea Clinton, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Diane Sawyer.

Bedazzling. This production will mesmerize audiences” New York Times

“Colourful, Engaging, Charming” Huffington Post




Friday 2 December 2016 Sunday 8 January 2017


West Street, London WC2H 9ND

Press Performance: Saturday 3 December, 11.00am

Performances: 11.00am and 2.00pm (see website for daily schedule)
Tickets: £12.50-19.50 (£26.60 Premium Seats)

Box Office: 0207 395 5405 |

Running time: 60 minutes




Sat 28 – Sun 29 January 2017                                         Mon 30 – Tue 31 January 2017

FOLKESTONE, Leas Cliff Hall                                        BIRMINGHAM, New Alexandra Theatre

Weds 1- Fri 3 February 2017                                          Sat 4 February 2017

NORTHAMPTON, Theatre Royal                                    COLCHESTER, Charter Hall

Tue 7- Weds 8 February 2017                                         Thurs 9 February 2017

EASTBOURNE, Devonshire Park Theatre                      WELLINGBOROUGH, The Castle

Sat 11 – Mon 13 February 2017                                       Weds 15 – Thurs 16 February 2017

NORWICH Playhouse                                                     NEWBURY Corn Exchange

Sat 18 – Sun 19 February 2017                                        Weds 22 – Sat 25 February 2017

SOUTHPORT, Atkinson Theatre                                    SALFORD, The Lowry

Fri 10 – Sat 11 March 2017                                             Tues 14 March 2017

BRIDGWATER, McMillan Theatre                                   MANSFIELD, Palace Theatre

Thurs 16 March 2017                                                      Fri 17 March 2017

ILKLEY, The Kings Hall                                                 STANTONBURY Theatre

Sat 18 March 2017                                                         Weds 22 – Thurs 23 March 2017

KETTERING, The Lighthouse                                         ST ALBANS, The Alban Arena


Fri 24 – Sat 25 March 2017                                             Sun 26 March 2017

HERTFORD Theatre                                                      CAMBRIDGESHIRE, Burgess Hall

Sat 1-Thurs 6 April 2017                                                Sat 8 April 2017

FINCHLEY, Arts Depot                                                  BURY ST EDMUNDS, Theatre Royal

Sun 9 April 2017                                                            Tue 11 April 2017

LINCOLN, Theatre Royal                                               BLACKBURN, King George’s Hall

Weds 12 April 2017                                                        Thurs 13 April 2017

CREWE Lyceum                                                            SOLIHULL, The Core

Fri 14 – Sat 15 April 2017                                               Tues 18 – Weds 19 April 2017

WIRRAL, Floral Pavillion                                               WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal

Thurs 20 April 2017                                                       Fri 21 – Sat 22 April 2017

SALISBURY Arts Centre                                                WORTHING, Connaught Theatre

Sun 23 April 2017                                                          Thurs 27 April 2017

GREENWICH Theatre                                                    BRECON, Theatre Brycheiniog

Fri 28 – Sat 29 April 2017                                               Sun 30 April 2017

SWANSEA, Grand Theatre                                            TAUNTON, The Brewhouse

Wednesday 3 May                                                          Thurs 4 – Sun 7 May 2017

UPPINGHAM School Theatre                                         CHESTERFIELD Pomegranate

Weds 10 – Thurs 11 May 2017                                         Fri 12 – Sun 14 May 2017

BISHOPS STORTFORD, Rhodes Arts Complex                 BRIGHTON FRINGE, The Warren


Thurs 18 – Fri 19 May 2017                                             Sun 21 May 2017

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, Northern Stage                    SWINDON, Wyvern Theatre

Mon 22 May 2017                                                           Weds 24 – Thurs 25 May 2017

STAFFORD Gatehouse                                                  MALVERN, Forum Theatre

Sat 27 May 2017                                                            Sun 28 May 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Town Hall                                               BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion

Tue 30 May 2017                                                           Weds 31 May – Sun 4 June 2017

BASINGSTOKE, The Haymarket                                     KINGSTON, Rose Theatre        

Weds 7 – Sun 11 June 2017                                             Tues 13 June 2017

YORK, Grand Opera House                                           HERTFORDSHIRE, Radlett Arts Centre                         

Weds 14 June 2017                                                        Thurs 15 June 2017

DARLINGTON, The Majestic Theatre                            LIVINGSTON, Howden Park Centre


Fri 16 June 2017                                                            Sat 17 June 2017

FALKIRK, Town Hall                                                     WORKINGTON, Carnegie Theatre

Sun 18 June 2017                                                          Mon 19 June 2017

MIDDLESBOROUGH Theatre                                          GRIMSBY Auditorium

Thu 22 – Fri 23 June 2017                                              Weds 28 June 2017

CORBY, The Cube                                                         SOUTHEND, Palace Theatre


Fri 30 June 2017

SOUTHPORT, Civic Theatre