THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW: Stories from the wonderful world of Eric Carle
If you read my blog then you’ll know we do enjoy a bit of theatre, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show was no exception.
Eric Carle’s book is recognized as one of the top children’s books of all time, so the theatre production had a lot to live up to, and it didn’t disappoint.
It’s an adaption of four of Eric Carle’s best loved books for the stage – The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
My children do enjoy theatre when it’s adapted from a book they’re familiar with. But Little Mister wasn’t familiar with the other Eric Carle stories but it really didn’t detract from him enjoyment in any way.
There are only four master puppeteers who weave their way through the stories and bring the 75 – yes, 75! – puppets to life. And they really do recreate this wonderfully colourful, vibrant world that Carle creted in his books quite faithfully. The puppets are larger-than-life and the puppeteers are really creative (and acrobatic almost!) & use some very clever stagecraft throughout.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar illustrations in the book are unforgettable and memorable. Even now, at the age of 6yo my Little Mister enjoys reading the book to himself. The theatre show is like watching a pop-out of the book!
I think this production is equally as magical and memorable; the colour and vibrancy just pops off the stage! This 60 minute production kept my Little Mister engaged from start to finish.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show has a short, four week run at The Ambassadors Theatre, London from Wednesday 13 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018.
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