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STORIES ON THIS TOUR

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
10 Little Rubber Ducks
The Very Busy Spider


CHRISTMAS SHOW STORIES ON THIS TOUR

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
10 Little Rubber Ducks
Dream Snow

4 TIMELESS STORIES
75 MAGICAL PUPPETS

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show has been dazzling audiences around the globe for over seven years, faithfully bringing to the stage Eric

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show has been dazzling audiences around the globe for over seven years, faithfully bringing to the stage Eric Carle’s timeless classics.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, this production of the critically acclaimed show features a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets, including the star of the show –The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Alongside The Very Hungry Caterpillar, every production of the show features three other Eric Carle stories. Audiences will visit a winter wonderland and meet the colorful characters of The Very Busy Spider; travel the world with 10 Little Rubber Ducks; and have a look around with Brown Bear, Borwn Bear. As a special treat during the Christmas season The Very Busy Spider steps aside for the winter wonderland of Eric Carle's "Dream Snow." These beloved tales are brought to life by a captivating cast of storytellers, sweeping original music, and stunning puppetry.

After receiving universal acclaim from publications including The New York Times, Time Out, The Huffington Post and more, and receiving a Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show has been performed in over 20 countries to over 3 million children.

“After 3,500 plus shows worldwide, we are thrilled to be bringing a new production to the UK for the holidays. We are thrilled that so many children are experiencing the magic of theatre for the very first time – with a character they all grew up with.” - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show creator/director Jonathan Rockefeller

The New York Times called it "bedazzling." Newsday gave The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show "Five Smiles." Live Theater UK raved, "your favorite small person will be changed for the better."

The late Eric Carle said it best, "I am happy the performances will be enjoyed by many and that the colorful characters will bring comfort and joy to all who see the stories that have been so carefully produced. It is uplifting to see such beautiful and cheerful works inspired by my characters! I hope my books - and this show - will inspire you and your imagination."

The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Puppeteer

ABOUT ERIC CARLE

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into 66 languages and sold over 50 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 152 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Eric Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Bill’s eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Eric had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle’s true career. Soon Eric was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His artwork is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket’s song as in The Very Quiet Cricket – giving them a playful quality: A book you can play with and a toy you can read. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations.

The secret of Eric Carle’s books’ appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions. The themes of Eric Carle’s stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature—an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

“With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly?

I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”
- Eric Carle



ABOUT ROCKEFELLER STUDIOS

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is created and produced by Rockefeller Studios, founded by Jonathan Rockefeller.

Founded in 2015 with the U.S. launch of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Drama Desk nominee, New York Times Critics’ Pick), Rockefeller Studios began to proudly partner with the most recognizable and beloved brands in the industry to create new stage adaptations featuring their large-scale puppetry that enchants and delights.

Following its initial New York debut, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show - bringing to life four of Eric Carle’s timeless stories with the help of over 75 beautiful puppets - has gone on to be performed in over 20 countries to over 3 million children. There are currently 10 active productions running across the globe at any given time, highlighting the universal nature and impact of both Eric Carle’s tales and Rockefeller’s interpretation.

Rockefeller Studios’ subdivision Rockefeller Films adapted one of the stories - 10 Little Rubber Ducks - into an award-winning animated short film narrated by Bernadette Peters, which launched Rockefeller Films: lovingly crafted, detail-oriented film production bringing stories to the big (and small) screen.

In 2019, Rockefeller brought to the stage Paddington Gets in a Jam (New York Times Critics’ Pick). The slapstick comedy has gone on to tour internationally, bringing laughter and joy to audiences across the globe. Rockefeller Films also produced a live streamed performance of the show’s holiday version, Paddington Saves Christmas, commissioned by Studio Canal and available to audiences across the globe.

In 2021, Rockefeller Studios opened Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation, bringing the iconic Hundred Acre Wood friends to the stage in a brand-new story. The show has since performed extended runs in London, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as both U.S. and U.K. national tours.

That same year, they launched Rockefeller Sports & Events, collaborating with TEG Live to take the world of minigolf to infinity and beyond with Pixar Putt. The 18-hole course based on Disney and Pixar’s beloved filmography - including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E & more -  has delighted putters in cities such as New York, Chicago, Houston, Denver, San Antonio, Fort Lauderdale & more.

Their most recent theatrical productions, Sesame Street the Musical, debuted in New York Fall of 2022, presenting The Muppets from Sesame Street’s official stage debut. Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and all the fuzzy friends gather in a new musical featuring the show’s iconic music catalog, and new songs by Broadway favorites Tom Kitt and Helen Park.

In 2023, Rockefeller began producing their work in the U.K., beginning with the record-breaking London premiere of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation, and its subsequent, highly-anticipated U.K. and Ireland tour.

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