Created by Jonathan Rockefeller and based on Eric Carle’s delightful tales, the critically acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of the illustrator’s popular stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 10 Little Rubber Ducks; The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author and illustrator Carle, has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. His well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show first premiered in Australia in 2015, performing 88 shows in 4 states – it has since played over 200 performances. The show opened in New York at the Acorn Theatre in January 2016, where it was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience before transferring to a larger venue due to popular demand. The New York production broke box office records, becoming the most successful children’s puppet show in New York history, and attracted celebrities with families including Chelsea Clinton, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Diane Sawyer.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show received its West End premiere at the Ambassadors Theatre in December 2016, prior to a major UK Tour in 2017. Now, in 2019, the hit show returns to London.
The timeless classic has now wriggled its way off the page and is back onto the West End stage this summer season, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s fantastic book.