The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be wiggling his way to Solihull this Easter - The Solihull Observer

The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be wiggling his way to Solihull this Easter

Solihull Editorial 5th Apr, 2017   0

AFTER RUNS in New York and London, one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature will be wiggling his way to Solihull this Easter.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will be at The Core Theatre for two performance only on Thursday, April 13 at 2pm and 4pm.

The show features a variety 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 Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, 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.




His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has nibbled its way into the hearts of millions of children all over the world.

It has been translated into 62 languages and sold over 43 million copies, remaining one of the top ten bestselling children’s books of all time.


Since it was first published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, most of which he also wrote, and more than 132 million copies of his books have sold around the world.

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.

Jonathan said: “Eric Carle has created a deceptively simple, yet sophisticated introduction to reading through the magic of his iconic collage illustrations and memorable stories.

“I still have my original copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and to this day can’t help but be enthralled by the stylish and captivating art in Eric’s work.

“For many in the audience, this show will undoubtedly be their very first time at the theatre, so we have been very conscientious to ensure that we have been absolutely faithful to their favourite characters.

“Our goal is to take the audience on a truly memorable journey, bringing these stories to life through the magic of puppetry, movement and stagecraft.

“We have a menagerie of larger-than-life puppets, bursting with vibrant colour – it’s astonishing to compare the original illustrations to the puppets and how exact they are.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show first premiered in Australia in 2015 before opening in New York at the Acorn Theatre in January 2016.

Tickets cost £10 and are available online by visiting www.thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0121 704 6962 between 10.30am and 4pm Mondays to Saturdays.

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