The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Make West End Debut

Eric Carle’s classic children’s book is set to make its West End debut at the Ambassadors Theatre from the 2nd December it has been announced. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - The 2016 New York cast. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, New York Cast. Photograph by Carol Rosegg. 

Arriving in London for the first time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will bring to life one of the most familiar characters from children’s literature to life.

Featuring  75 puppets, the hour long show will also bring to life The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseMister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly. 

Having enchanted generations of young readers, Eric Carle’s books show children a world that is bigger and brighter than they could have expected and this new show will attempt to bring it to life.

Director Jonathan Rockefeller brings the characters to life, with the help of four master puppeteers in charge of the 75 puppets used in the show.

Talking about bringing the show to London, Jonathan Rockefeller said: “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.”

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show originally 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. 

Author Eric Carle said: “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 will appear at the Ambassadors Theatre from the 2nd December until the 8th January 2017. To book tickets visit:



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