One of the most iconic characters in children’s literature will make his West End debut this Christmas, when THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW opens for a limited 5-week season at the Ambassadors Theatre from Friday 2 December 2016.
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 Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, 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 41 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 132 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.
Jonathan Rockefeller said today: “Eric Carle has created a deceptively simple, yet sophisticated introduction to reading through the magic of his iconic collage illustrations and memorable stories. I still have my original copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and to this day can’t help but be enthralled by the stylish and captivating art in Eric’s work.”
“For many in the audience, this show will undoubtedly be their very first time at the theatre, so we have been very conscientious to ensure that we have been absolutely faithful to their favourite characters. Our goal is to take the audience on a truly memorable journey, bringing these stories to life through the magic of puppetry, movement and stagecraft. We have a menagerie of larger-than-life puppets, bursting with vibrant colour – it’s astonishing to compare the original illustrations to the puppets and how exact they are.”
“When our puppets appear on stage the atmosphere is positively electric – parents and grandparents are swept up in nostalgia, and you can hear peels of laughter and squeals of delight as joy fills the theatre. We can’t wait to bring The Very Hungry Caterpillar to London!”
Eric Carle added: “I am delighted my friends in the UK will soon be able to share the same enjoyment I felt when seeing my characters come to life in the beautiful and enchanting Broadway production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.”
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
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW
2nd December 2016 – 8th January 2017
The Ambassadors Theatre
11:00am and 2:00pm (see website for daily schedule)
Tickets: £12.95 – £19.50 (£26.60 Premium Seats)
0207 395 5405
2016 UK Tour Dates
Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 October 2016
Box Office www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk | 0115 941 9419
Friday 21 to Sunday 23 October 2016
DARTFORD Orchard Theatre
Box Office www.orchardtheatre.co.uk | 01322 220000
Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 October 2016
WARWICK Arts Centre
Box Office www.warwickartscentre.co.uk | 024 7652 4524
Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 November 2016
LUTON Library Theatre
Box Office www.lutonculture.com/luton-library-theatre | 01582 878100
Tuesday 8 November 2016
BROXBOURNE The Spotlight
Box Office www.broxbourne.gov.uk/thespotlight | 01992 441 946
Further dates to be announced into 2017