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Familiar face returns to the Lichfield Garrick as part of show celebrating 50th anniversary of hit book

A well-known face will be helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar in a show at the Lichfield Garrick.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

As part of a UK tour, the show will stop off in the city on 6th October.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar show features a menagerie of 75 puppets in a 60-minute show.

Among those behind the puppets will be Ben Thornton, well-known to Lichfield crowds after appearances in pantomimes at the Garrick.

Ben Thornton
Ben Thornton

Ben said he was looking forward to taking the story to a new generation.

“The classic book doesn’t get old,” he said. “Therefore, we are able to bring this unique experience of puppetry to the stage giving a magical childhood experience.

“The show allows a new generation to engage in live theatre from a little age and much of our audience bring their books a long with them, making it a very immersive and interactive experience for the parents and children.”

The production, which is adapted for stage by director Jonathan Rockefeller, also showcases a brand-new line-up of author Eric Carle’s other stories such as the Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks and The Very Lonely Firefly.

Eric said: “I am delighted that the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be celebrated with such an enchanting production, and that my friends in the UK will be able to share the same enjoyment I felt when seeing my characters come to life on stage.”

Tickets are £16. To book, call 01543 412121 or visit for www.lichfieldgarrick.com for tickets and more information on the event.

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1 Comment

  1. AnnS

    1st October, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    We would love to have taken our 2 grandchildren to see this but at £16 per ticket x 4 = £64 it is beyond our means.

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