The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show comes to Evesham

Following seasons in London and New York, one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature will wiggle his way to the Evesham this October in celebration of a big birthday. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will play two performances only at Evesham Arts Centre on Sunday 20 October, as part of a major UK Tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features 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 50th anniversary production will feature a brand-new line-up of stories for 2019; Brown Bear Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, the return of 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. Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, most of which he also wrote, and more than 132 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has nibbled its way into the hearts of millions of children all over the world, and in 2019 celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since it was first published in 1969, it has been translated into 62 languages and sold more than 43 million copies, remaining one of the top 10 bestselling children’s books of all time.

Eric Carle said: “I am delighted that the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be celebrated with such an enchanting production and that my friends in the UK will be able to share the same enjoyment I felt when seeing my characters come to life on stage.”

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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show first premiered in Australia in 2015 before opening in New York at the Acorn Theatre in January 2016. The New York production broke box office records and attracted celebrities with families including Chelsea Clinton, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Diane Sawyer. The show had its West End premiere at the Ambassadors Theatre in December 2016.

Tickets priced £13.00 are on sale now from Evesham Almonry, Abbey Road, WR11 4BQ and the arts centre website www.EveshamArtsCentre.co.uk. Shows begin at 1:30pm and 4.00pm