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(formerly the New Ambassadors Theatre)

EXTRA EVENT: Click Here for details of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in December 2017.




STOMP (performance art show)
Ends 7th January 2018.

This noisy mixture of percussion (using trash cans and other street metal), dance, talk and comedy celebrates street life in a uniquely individual way.

A worldwide hit, now enjoying an extended run in the West End, having transferred here from the Vaudeville Theatre on 27th September 2007 following five years playing there. Celebrating its 2500th performance in early 2009, the show has been updated with new sequences based on those from other "Stomp" productions worldwide.

Photographer: Junichi Takahashi. 
Copyright: Junichi Takahashi 


Theatremonkey Opinion:

From the Vaudeville Theatre production:
Confined by a small stage (this has previously played much larger venues) the noise can be overwhelming. On the credit side, we are able to see things "close up" and appreciate the multi talented cast's movements to the full. On the debit side, though, this remains little more than an extended piece of street theatre.

Some may find it energizing and creative, the monkey just needed earplugs and an aspirin. Worthwhile if you like the unusual and can find beauty in the urban soul. For anyone seeking a true musical experience though, this is probably one to miss.

Your Reviews: Add your own by clicking here.
Important: Some reviews below can contain "spoilers" - please don't read if this bothers you!

Latest reviews from the current Ambassadors Theatre production are below. For earlier ones, at its previous venue, click here.

(5 reviews)

The performance is amazing. It left me wondering if the actors were Brazilian. Anyway, the sound can be annoying at points, I was seated in seats E 1 and 2 in the stalls (though I don't recommend edge seats) these were brilliant. On the bad side, this performance didn't have a middle break - this really took points off - and the Ambassadors Theatre is way too small for this amazing performance which includes a terrific sound...

Cristopher H.

September 2011.
Thought I should report that ‘Stomp’ at the Ambassadors from J15 in the stalls was much more entertaining than I was expecting. I hadn’t realised there would be so much humour in it, and I thought it was all brilliantly conceived and performed, with a great deal of musicality as well as physicality.

If I had my druthers I would probably judiciously trim about 20 minutes or so of the show as currently constructed, but that’s just a small niggle. I was also expecting the cast to be younger and more uniform – probably because that’s the impression the adverts convey to me – and to find that the performers were such a mixed bag of totally different oddball characters and personalities had me smiling with pleasure right from the very beginning of the show.

And, although I usually dislike too much audience participation (as for example with Meow Meow recently), I was delighted with the synchronised clapping at the end with which the entire audience joined with gusto, and I left the theatre feeling that I had genuinely participated in a very happy experience.

braved a night at ‘Stomp’ on Friday 15th March 2013 and enjoyed it more than I thought I was going to!

Stalls Row D (actually third row back for some reason) seats 14 and 15 offered a close view of the action but you can’t see the stage floor which isn’t great for a dance show; big bonus for me at over 6’ was D15 having nothing in front of it so was able to stretch out like never before in the West End - and it more than compensated for missing a tiny bit of action at the left/rear of the stage.

The show won’t be for everyone but if you like your entertainment loud and energetic then this is the show to see!

Five of the day seats (mine included) were occupied at the matinee performance on Saturday 25th July 2015. I had no trouble buying one at 11am.

Incidentally, a very good show - excellent rapport between performers and audience, many members near me in the stalls audibly enjoying themselves especially during the many humorous moments. Not purely 'noise noise noise' as I was led to expect, but featured some more nuanced and thoughtful set pieces amongst the spectacular noisiest set pieces.

My family members who had seen the show 20 years earlier said the majority of the show had been redeveloped entirely and that it was much funnier now compared to then. I was awed by the talent and charisma of the eight performers.

The ushers assisting us to our seats in the theatre were welcoming and switched on, which was a delight!

It is not often I disagree with The Monkey, but when it comes to Stomp our opinions diverge. I'd had it on the 'maybe' list for years, but an excellent deal came up, so we went along (on it’s 15th birthday in the UK as a happy coincidence ).

Why had I waited so many years? I was captivated from the first building of music from the 'simple' act of sweeping with a broom. From here anything up to (and including) the kitchen sink was employed to create huge percussive soundscapes. Vivian Stanshall would have enjoyed the use of hose (and drainage tubing) to create a tune.

But the show isn't just banging things to make a sound. There is great humour, clever moments (the cast performing with Zippo lighters had the audience entranced), and the whole audience trying to keep up with the clapping (we tried... we are but mere mortals) was great fun. The interplay between the multi - talented cast is a joy.

100 minutes (no interval, visit the loo before you go in!) flew by. I didn't want it to end. And this from a man who likes a beginning, middle and end to his shows.

I get the comments about it being an extended piece of street theatre. But if you can go in with an open mind, you are OK with it being noisy (at times hugely so) and don't object to clapping so much your hands hurt (both 'performing' and applauding the real talent), give Stomp a go. I know I want to again.

Bob Pickett.



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Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Monday and Friday at 8pm
Thursday and Saturday at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday at 3pm and 6pm
NO Tuesday and Wednesday performances.

No performance on 25th December 2017.
No 3pm and 6pm performances on 24th December 2017.
Extra performance at 1pm on 24th December 2017.
Extra performances at 3pm and 8pm on 20th and 27th December 2017.

Runs 1 hour 40 minutes approximately.


Ticket Prices:

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Rows C to M: £57.50
Rows N to P: £39
Rows Q and R: £26

Dress Circle:
Rows A to G (except A 1, 2, 21 and 22 and A and B 7 to 16): £57.50
"Premium Seats" Row A 7 to 16 and B 8 to 15: £67.50
Rows H and J: £39
Rows K and L: £26


"Day Seats": Tickets in row B of the stalls, priced £26 each, goes on sale at 10am on the day of performance to personal callers at the box office. First come-first served, these may be limited to 2 per person, and transaction methods may be restricted to either cash or cards at box office discretion. The monkey always advises taking both to be safe, and also calling the theatre in advance to check that the "day seat" ticket policy is in operation.


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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
This site allows you to select your own seats from all those available.

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
£2.50 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee.

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies): offer seats with a £2.85 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee. The site also allows you to select your own seats from those it has available - which is far fewer than the box office site above.

When the box office does not have what you require, the Theatremonkey Ticketshop, telephone 020 7420 9778 (0044 207 420 9778 if calling from outside the United Kingdom), offers an extra selection of top price £57.50 seats with a £10 per ticket booking fee. Slightly higher than the box office, but lower than most agencies. Worth checking if the box office cannot provide the exact tickets you might require. Note that this system will confirm exact seat numbers prior to purchase. A £1.95 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee may apply on some transactions by telephone. NO handling fee applies for online purchases. / telephone 0870 830 0200 charge £8.62 booking fee on £57.50 tickets, plus an extra £2.75 per booking (not per ticket) to cover postage. Note that the tickets offered may differ between phone and online sources. (FREE call if using Calling Plan at your chosen times).

Encore Tickets telephone 0207 400 1253 / 0044 207 400 1253 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) offer £57.50 seats with a £16.50 booking fee (£19.50 on £67.50, £11 on £39, £7 on £26 seats) per ticket. A postage charge of £1.45 per booking, not per ticket may be applied to bookings made from UK addresses more than 5 days before the performance. The "Flexiticket" Exchange Service, allowing FREE transfer / cancellation (credit note up to 12 months) of your booking up to 3 days before the performance is also available for £1.99 per ticket. Discounts and "Meal and Show" packages may also be available. Quality and Value hotel / theatre ticket packages are also available. offer £57.50 seats with a £10 booking fee per ticket. There is a £1 per booking, not per ticket, transaction fee for collecting tickets from the box office before your performance. Alternatively, if time allows, there is a postage to your home option, costing £2.95 (£4.95 to non-UK addresses) per booking, not per ticket. Optional Ticket Insurance is also available. Discounts and Meal and Show Packages may also be available.

ALSO SEE for great value "hotel and theatre ticket" packages.

Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.


Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
Telephone: 020 7395 5405
Operated by the theatre during the hours of 10 am and 7.30 pm. At busy times / when the theatre is closed, Ticketmaster answer on behalf of the venue.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
£2.50 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee.

For personal callers or by post: West Street, London. WC2H 9ND
No booking fee for personal callers.

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on a dedicated phone line. See Notes. is the venue website.


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Theatre Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference. has a useful interior "virtual tour" of the auditorium, accessed from a button in the lower centre of the front page of the website.


Seating Plan Diagram

Stalls Dress Circle Notes
A single block of seats facing the stage.

The Dress Circle overhangs the stalls at row G, the top of the stage from central row M and outermost 4 seats in H back is not visible.

Seats start to slope quite sharply upwards from row E, with row J being the most noticeably elevated. Rows Q and R are below the rows in front of them.

Uncomfortable for those over around 5ft 8 (though you can put your feet into the space under the seats in front, which helps) in all seats except the front row (A or B, depending on the production), and is worst in most of rows C and D.

Seat C1 has nothing in front; D1 have nothing in front of 95% of its width; D15 and E17 have nothing in front of 50% of the seat width. J18 and O17 have 5% of the seat width clear - space for one leg.

Choosing Seats in General:
Normally, row B may be avoided by many for the neck ache.

Row C is often considered by many to have same effect too. If this is fine for you, consider them...else a bit further back is the obvious solution, and remember that sitting just a row in front - row B - may save you money on some productions here..

Seats in rows D to H offer fair value with the exception of the first and last two seats in each row, in monkey opinion. These end seats have a slightly restricted view of the stage with the rear corner not visible.

F to J are the prime picks here. Remember, that for those wishing to really avoid neck ache, the further towards the middle rows, the better.

Rows K, L and M, when priced the same as rows in front feel simply too far from the stage (even in this tiny theatre) to be worthwhile. Choose the Dress Circle over these. Also ignore N. Sitting just one row behind in row O will get you roughly the same view but more cheaply!

Rows O to R huddle at the back of the theatre. A poor rake  (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) and the low circle make these seats worthwhile only when obtained at a good discount - say half the top price - but even a small saving makes them worth a thought for those who prefer to avoid the neck ache of row A or the rear Dress Circle at the same price as O. At top price it is expensive, though.

Rows P to R are closer to the stage than the rear circle but be aware of the limitations, in rake and view. Take the circle to avoid this.

General Hazard Notes:
Low overhanging circle.

Rows P to R rows slope backwards, rather than rise above the rows in front of them - the authentic trench experience.

Changes for the current production:
Massive speakers either side of the stage beside the front row. Those on the ends of the front four rows should expect a blasting!

The stage is exceptionally high, with row A taken out. This leaves a huge distance between the stage and row B.

Row B as cheap "day seats" are worth a look, as the discount makes the neck ache worth enduring.

Row N is cheaper - worth a look, feels the monkey.

Rows P to R miss a short - 5 minute - sequence of the performance.

A sound desk beside seat Q7 and behind seats P 9 and 10 make those seats worth missing, feels the monkey.


Reader Comments:
A1 and 2: (James). When in use, we sat here. Very close to the stage, but you get loads of legroom to make up for it."

"D14 and 15: Actually third row back for some reason. Offered a close view of the action but you can’t see the stage floor which isn’t great for a dance show; big bonus for me at over 6’ was D15 having nothing in front of it so was able to stretch out like never before in the West End - and it more than compensated for missing a tiny bit of action at the left/rear of the stage."

"E 1 and 2: (Cristopher H). (Though I don't recommend edge seats) these were brilliant."

"(Ali P). Having got to the ladies in record time meant I was able to use the rest of the interval to hang over the circle balcony, being nosey. The rake on the seats in the stalls is minimal and cannot aid the view; plus as the circle overhangs the stall seats by approx two thirds and given the stage height, I can well imagine neck ache could be a problem for probably the first four rows."

"K14: "13" (August 2017). The nice part about this theatre is that there are only a few steps up to the Circle. For this performance the seat was priced at £12.50, which was excellent value for money. Once in the auditorium there are a number of steps up to K row, but for most people it is not a problem. At this performance I had nobody either side of me, which meant I had extra room and although the leg room is not great for most people it is is adequate. I am 5" 10". The seat offers a good clear view of the stage and as the row in front, which was more expensive was empty, the view was even better. I would certainly recommend these seats, especially at a cheap price."


Stalls Boxes
Box A is at the side of the stalls and offers a restricted view of the stage with the side of the stage nearest the box invisible. Boxes are not sold any longer, as they are used for lighting. Box C in the Circle was better than stalls box A, though.

Nothing overhangs the Dress Circle in this theatre.

A single block of seats (plus two pairs of seats at the edges of the circle). The main block is split into front and rear blocks by an aisle running across between rows E and F.

A wall runs behind row F, in front of row G.

Poor in row A, very uncomfortable in rows B to E; simply uncomfortable in G to L (except L5 and 6).

The first and last seat in rows D and E have a tiny bit more space.

Excellent legroom in row F and seat L5. L6 also has 95% of the seat clear in front of them too.

Row G seats are cushions on a solid ledge, rather than tip-up seats. The extra height makes it slightly more tolerable here for those of 5ft 6 or less. G 5 and 18 also have space to stretch a toe into the aisle, but no more.


Choosing Seats in General:
Front Block:
"Premium Seats" aside, rows A to E offer fair value for money. Unless tall (in which case take row F above all others), choose row B 6 to 17 first for view, then either A or F. Row A can be chosen first if legroom and the extra cost is not a consideration, otherwise do note that row F offers far more legroom.

Row A seats 1, 2, 21 and 22 are pairs of seats apart at the edges of the circle. The view of the stage is sideways, but if offered at a good discount is worth considering over rear circle seats, provided again that legroom isn't a factor. Normally, skip them - there are better seats for the same price or less.

Row F is positioned on the aisle running across the circle. It offers a good view and the best legroom available. If offered at less then top price it is a bargain, even when at top price the legroom (often the best in the theatre) makes them worth considering.

Rear Block:
The architecture makes sitting here feel far from the stage even in such a tiny place. Rows G to L are behind a low wall at the back of the theatre, almost as if the Upper Circle had given up the fight and decided to settle behind its' expensive sister.

Worth avoiding G at top price, pick stalls or row F in front of it at the same price. Rows H and J at second price can be weighed against row O in the stalls. The monkey would pick the slight extra legroom over the more distant view, but it really is personal choice. It would also miss row J, as row K behind it is cheaper for almost the same view...

Behind these rows K and L are normally a trifle expensive in monkey opinion, a bit of a way from the stage. The back two rows of the stalls are often the same price... so pick between a fuller view of the stage or being a little closer to it in the stalls, feels the monkey. If sitting here, take L5 and 6 for legroom and a clear view straight down the aisle.

General Hazard Notes:
A wall runs in front of row G.

Changes for the current production:
Seats A 1, 2, 21 and 22 are removed for this production. They are replaced by speakers... expect a blasting.

Rows A seats 7 to 16 and B 8 to 15 are "premium priced" at all performances. Usually, monkey feeling towards "premium seats" is "pay it if you feel like it and feel you must." Here, it would strongly advise anybody over 5ft 5 or so to avoid these seats. You'll get a great view... but probably won't enjoy it much as legroom is so limited. If short and rolling in cash, feel free if you want to, though, as the view will be better than the stalls for you.

Rows K and L are better priced than usual, worth choosing to see the bit of the show the stalls seats miss.

Reader Comments:
"Row A: "Stomp" (March 2016). front row of circle. Incredible view!!"

"A7 to A9: ("Little Shop of Horrors" August 2007). The Ambassadors Theatre is one of the most intimate I have experienced in London. Leg room in row A is not great – I am 5’9, and would have found it uncomfortable in a longer performance."

"Row B: Although we had a great view of the stage the leg room was really poor. As I am 6ft + I was rather uncomfortable as my knees were really digging into the seat in front. My friend, who is also tall found it uncomfortable also. I would recommend that anyone tall thinks twice about booking these seats. The play was only 90 minutes long. However, I was so cramped that at the end of it I was tempted to give a standing ovation just to relieve my aching legs."

"Row C 9 to 12: Great seats but will agree the legroom is fairly limited, although the seat next to me was empty so I was able to stretch out a bit more."

"F4: As I am quite big, I asked the box office people to allocate me reasonably - and I got Dress Circle F4. Great seat, lots of legroom, okay width of the seat itself ,and the view is pretty good. I got it for £20, and that was definitely reasonable for that seat.

"F12 and 13. Took monkey's advice when buying tickets and agree entirely with his assessment. These two seats fall almost exactly centre stage and as this row also provides the walk way across the circle, the leg room is fantastic. There is quite a steep rake on the circle seats and this, coupled with the fact that the New Ambassador is a really intimate, sweetie of a theatre, meant our seats felt very close to the stage, with a brilliant view. Another advantage was ease of access to the ladies loos and as long as you are quick out of your seat at the interval, you too can be first in the queue!"

"L5: (Gavin). I would recommend as there are no seats in front of it so view and legroom were fine."

Dress Circle Boxes
Box C hangs on the side wall of the circle above rows A to E. It offered a side view of the stage but was far enough back to see the whole of it.  Boxes are not sold any longer, as they are used for lighting. Box C was better than stalls box A, though.


Total 408 seats (398 with row A removed).

Air-conditioned auditorium.

Hearing loop available. Occasional audio described and signed performances. Guide dogs allowed in theatre in aisle seats or row F of the circle. Take row F of the circle for comfort. Wheelchair users who can leave a chair and manage five steps up (aided by a carer, not venue staff) can transfer to two seats in row F of the circle. The view is not terrible, but the access arrangements are difficult. To make up for it, staff will bring users drinks in plastic cups direct to seats. No adapted toilet on the premises. More information from the theatre on 020 7395 5405., or call Artsline 020 7388 2227 email for further info. One reader reports,
"I use sticks, but could manage stairs to the circle. The manager switched my row E seats to row F to allow extra legroom, and other theatre staff were also extremely helpful - even to the extent of standing guard at the gents loo so that I could use it and not have to walk upstairs to the ladies one - how's that for service!"

A "venue access guide" from the team who created book "Theatremonkey: A Guide to London's West End," is available to download in PDF format by clicking here.

No food except Ice-cream and confectionery.

Two bars; 1 Stalls, 1 Dress Circle.

4 Toilets. Stalls 1 gents 1 ladies, Dress Circle 1 gents 1 ladies.


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Getting to this Theatre
Find this theatre on a Street Map
Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
Nearest Underground Station:
Leicester Square - Northern (black) and Piccadilly (dark blue) lines.

The escalator from the platforms deposits passengers into a circular space with a number of staircases leading to the surface. Beside each staircase is a vast white panel listing the places accessible from that exit. So look for the one showing the Ambassadors Theatre. It is marked "Charing Cross Road East" and "Cranbourn Street". When you leave the ticket gates, do a 180 degree "U" turn. This exit is hidden behind you, between the gates! Go up the first little staircase.

At the top are two options - Left is Exit 3, right is Exit 4. Take Exit 3 - Charing Cross Road East. For an alternate route from Exit 4, click here.

Go up the staircase. At the top, in front of you will be Charing Cross Road. 

On the opposite corner, notice the Hippodrome Nightclub and a street. Do not cross to them! Turn to your right, pause to let those who took a wrong exit catch you....

If at the top of the underground stairs you see a narrow street with only a row of shops and offices in front of you, this is Cranbourn Street. You can either use the alternative walking route or turn to your right and walk to the end of the street to continue this one. If you see the Hippodrome Nightclub on the opposite corner across a busy road, good. Do not cross the road to it! If you reach the end of the street and see a large restaurant, The Sussex on the opposite corner, wrong way. Once safely on Charing Cross Road, turn to your right.

Now everyone is together on Charing Cross Road.

Keep walking until Litchfield Street appears on your right on your side of the road:

Turn down this street:

Cross over to the other side of the Street as you walk down it. The St Martins Theatre and The Mousetrap sign are ahead of you:

Cross the road to the St Martin's Theatre, and walk in front of it, to your left hand side:

The Ambassadors is there, just across a paved alley from the St Martin's.

None stop outside the theatre. Number 14, 19, 24, 29, 38 and 176 stop on Charing Cross Road or Shaftesbury Avenue. As a starting point, stand in front of the Palace Theatre. Turn your back to it. Cross the road ahead of you to put yourself in front of the large Pizza Hut restaurant. Turn to your left and take the quiet side street next to the restaurant. This is West Street. Walk along it, the theatre is on your left. If you pass many bookshops on a busy road, wrong way.


A rank for Black taxis is at Charing Cross Station - some distance from the theatre, if you cannot hail one in the street. To hail one on the street, walking to the end of Litchfield Street and hailing one on Charing Cross Road is probably the best chance of catching a passing one.


Car Park:
Newport Place, China Town. On leaving, use Gerard Street to get you onto Shaftesbury Avenue. On Shaftesbury Avenue look to your right. The brown brick building to your right is the Palace Theatre. Don't bother crossing the road, but turn to your right on Shaftesbury Avenue and walk in the direction of it. When you come to the main road intersection in front of Shaftesbury Avenue, cross Charing Cross Road at the traffic lights. Go straight on, entering the other half of Shaftesbury Avenue for a few moments. Look to your right for West Street. Walk down it and the theatre is clearly visible on your left. Cross the road to it.

The "Theatreland Parking Scheme" may be available. Call Q-Park car parks on 0870 442 0104 or see for details. At this car park, parking under the "Theatreland Parking Scheme" allows a 50% discount in cost. Spaces CANNOT be reserved at these prices, so choose whether you would prefer to book and pay more, or use this scheme.

If you choose the "Theatreland Parking Scheme", you must get your car park ticket validated at the theatre's box office counter (the theatre attendant will insert the car parking ticket into a small machine which updates the information held on the magnetic strip on the reverse, thus enabling the discount). When you pay using the machines at the car park, 50% will be deducted from the full tariff. You may park for up to 24 hours using this scheme and it is endorsed by the Society of London Theatre.

For a full list of car parks and theatres that participate in the 50% off theatreland scheme see


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Wednesday 13th December 2017 until Sunday 7th January 2018
Press Performance: Thursday 14th December 2017 at 11am

Four stories from the wonderful world of Eric Carle, Live on stage.

One of the most iconic characters in children’s literature will be wiggling his way back into the West End this Christmas, on a second visit to this theatre.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie 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 138 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, bringing to life 75 magical puppets that faithfully recreate the wonderfully colourful world of Carle’s illustrations.

Jonathan Rockefeller said: “Eric Carle has created a deceptively simple, yet sophisticated introduction to reading through the magic of his iconic collage illustrations and memorable stories. Our production takes 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. When our puppets appear on stage the atmosphere is positively electric. We can’t wait to bring The Very Hungry Caterpillar back to London!”

Eric Carle added: “I am delighted my friends in the UK will once again be able to share the same enjoyment I felt when seeing my characters come to life in the beautiful and enchanting Broadway production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.”

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show first premiered in Australia in 2015 before opening in New York at the Acorn Theatre in January 2016, where it was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. The New York production broke box office records and attracted celebrities with families including Chelsea Clinton, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Diane Sawyer. The production received its West End premiere at the Ambassadors Theatre in December 2016, prior to a major UK Tour in 2017.

Fun Facts:
1. More than 41 million copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar have been sold worldwide, with another sold every 30 seconds on average.
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is recognized as one of the top children’s books of all time.
4. Buzzfeed named The Very Hungry Caterpillar the number one Children’s Book Every British Person Should Read.

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, bringing to life 75 magical puppets that faithfully recreate the wonderfully colourful world of Carle’s illustrations. is the show website.

Photograph above: Adam Ryan by Pamela Raith Photography.


Performance Times and Dates:
11am and 2pm: 13, 15, 19, 22, 29 December 2017; 2, 3, 5 January 2018.

10.15am and 11.45am: 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30, 31 December 2017; 4, 6, 7 January 2018.

Rows C to N: £20 except
"Premium Seats" rows E to H 5 to 13: £25
Rows B, O and R: £15

Dress Circle
Rows A to G: £20 except
"Premium Seats" rows A to C 7 to 16: £25
Rows H to L: £15

A £2.50 per transaction, not per ticket, booking fee applies online and by phone. No fees if bought in person at the venue box office.


Box Office:
Phone: 020 7395 5405





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