‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ review

Theatre, Children's
5 out of 5 stars
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© Pamela Raith The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Adam Ryan)
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© Pamela Raith A Polka Dot Donkey greets The Artist (Andrew Cullimore)
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© Pamela Raith Mister Seahorse (Adam Ryan) and Mrs Seahorse (Katie Haygarth)

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Every child’s favourite bug comes to vibrant life in Jonathan Rockefeller’s globally popular show

This review is from December 2017. ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar' plays Troubadour White City Theatre in Summer 2019. 

Now in its second festive run, this kaleidoscopic hour-long adaption of four of Eric Carle’s classic children’s stories is a pure, kid-quelling joy. The titular chow-lusting larva doesn’t appear until the final quarter – the big diva – but there’s plenty of colourful puppets, dancing and music to entrance youngsters until then. They can muse on themes of birth, metamorphosis and the existential inner life of the firefly, or like us, just gawp as a shower of bubbles introduces the subsea realm of Mister Seahorse, gently floating down over a rapt audience. They should try this during the drier bits of Ibsen. 

A word of caution: changing facilities are thin on the ground at the scruffy Ambassadors Theatre, and the ground is where we ended up changing our little one. The adjacent St. Martin’s Theatre, home to ‘The Mousetrap’, does serve as a handy overflow car park for prams. But for anyone with little’uns under the age of six or seven, this show is well worth the effort. 


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