The UK premiere of Eric Carle’s classic THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR is set to enthral audiences across the country this Autumn, opening at Oxford Playhouse on Friday 2 September before embarking on a major national tour.
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER FAVOURITES includes the story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, as well as the fanciful account of LITTLE CLOUD’s travels through the sky and THE MIXED-UP CHAMELEON’s discovery of his own unique nature.
Directed and designed by Jim Morrow, who ranks among Canada’s most esteemed puppetry creators, the triple-bill show incorporates evocative original music by Nova Scotian composer Steven Naylor, and innovative “black light” staging techniques which highlight Morrow’s stunning puppets and props. The production stays very faithful to Carle’s stories, from which they are adapted, providing a new generation with a seamless entry into the world of theatre and music.
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVOURITES has become a signature piece of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Founded in 1972, Mermaid ranks among North America’s most respected creators of family entertainment. Unique adaptations of children’s literature have delighted more than four million young people on four continents.
Mermaid has earned Export Excellence Awards from both Nova Scotia (2001) and the Government of Canada (2001, 2005), was awarded the Crystal Tourism Ambassador Award by Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in 2008, and has been recognised as one of Atlantic Canada’s leading cultural employers.
Over 33 million copies of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR classic picture book have been sold worldwide and it has been translated into over 45 languages.
For more information, visit: www.mermaidtheatre.ns.ca