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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show arrives in Dartford next month

PUBLISHED: 15:45 21 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:47 21 September 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

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75 magical puppets will be brought to life at The Orchard Theatre

One of the most iconic characters in children’s literature will be arriving in Dartford next month, when The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show plays at The Orchard Theatre from Friday October 21 to Sunday, October 23 prior to a West End run.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will feature 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.

The children’s favourite is adapted for the stage by director Jonathan Rockefeller, which will see four master puppeteers weave their way through Eric Carle’s stories.

Jonathan Rockefeller said: “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.”

He added: “When our puppets appear on stage the atmosphere is positively electric - parents and grandparents are swept up in nostalgia, and you can hear peels of laughter and squeals of delight as joy fill the theatre.”

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

The New York production broke box office records and attracted celebrities with families including Chelsea Clinton, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Diane Sawyer.

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