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The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Enjoy one of the most fascinating plays ever created for children. Adapted from the classic children’s picture book by Eric Carle, Jonathan Rockefeller’s show takes you through four entertaining stories that are sure to enthrall and entertain viewers of all ages!

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why you should watch the very hungry caterpillar show

Created by Eric Carle, the famous children’s author and illustrator, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ has been a massive favourite amongst young readers. It has sold more than 41 million copies over the last 50 years and is loved by children across the globe. First published in 1969, the book won the children’s literature award and numerous graphic design awards. Over five decades later, in 2012, the book was voted the second-best children’s picture book in the School Library Journal. This show is a stage adaptation of the book by Jonathan Rockefeller. The production has been critically acclaimed and showcases a beautiful collection of 75 cute and cuddlesome puppets. The production stays true to the original works and is one of the most soothing and sweet plays to have graced the London stage. This makes it perfect for children, especially if it is their first play.

The Story

The show features four stories which are '10 Little Rubber Ducks', 'Brown Bear', 'The Very Lonely Firefly' and the headliner of the production, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. It is a colourful and kaleidoscopic show that has lots of lovable puppets, beautiful music, and playful dancing. The stories go over themes such as birth, the life of the firefly, and its metamorphosis. It introduces Mister Seahorse in his underwater abode with a shower of bubbles that float over the audience. The last story is a tale of a ravenous caterpillar who is determined to eat everything that he sees. He starts off with an apple on Monday, a couple of pears on Tuesday, and goes on expanding his diet until finally, he eats a piece of chocolate cake, an ice-cream cone, swiss cheese, cherry pie, a slice of watermelon, and much more on Saturday. The resulting stomach ache makes him curl up and go to sleep. Before long, he spins a cocoon around himself and hibernates for two weeks, until finally, a butterfly with multi-coloured wings emerges in a gorgeous display of metamorphosis.

Good For

Family Audiences | Children


“Every child’s favourite bug comes to vibrant life in Jonathan Rockefeller’s globally popular show.”
- TimeOut

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is the perfect show to introduce young children to the art of theatre.”
- Broadwayworld

know before you go

Show Details

The show will run for a limited season from 7 August 2019 to 1 September 2019.

Show Timings

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:15 AM and 12 PM
1st September 10:15 AM and 12 PM

Leading Roles
Adam Cooper as Don Lockwood

Created and Produced by
Jonathan Rockefeller

Original Book by
Eric Carle

Sound Design by
Nate Edmonson

Set Design by
David Goldstein

Additional Information

55 minutes with no intermission

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
In-house Bar
Cloak Room

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

my tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly after you book the tickets. You will need to display a photo ID along with your voucher at the Theatre's Box Office to collect your tickets.

Theatre Address

Troubadour White City Theatre, Wood Lane, London, London, W12 7TS

Getting There

By Bus: Take buses 72, 95, 220, 228, 272, 283 or N72 and get off at South Africa Road (Stop N). The theatre is a short 2-minute walk from this bus stop.

By Tube: Take the Central subway line to White City Station. The theatre is a 5-minute walk from this station.

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