We love a good story at the Young Londoner HQ and The Very Hungry Caterpillar was one of the first books we ever got for our son. The toddler delighted in seeing the caterpillar munch his way through the book and we loved to turn the pages and poke chubby fingers through the little holes (an exercise he has found hilarious and mesmerising to this day).
So when we heard The Very Hungry Caterpillar was coming to Troubadour at White City Theatre we had to check it out and meet the caterpillar for ourselves (this is the toddler equivalent of meeting Johnny Depp).
The Troubadour at White City is a new spacious venue in the heart of West London and the perfect home for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Show because he is in great company amongst other children’s theatres. The 75 different puppets welcomed us into the world of Eric Carle’s best loved stories. And did I mention – we love a good story!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear was the first story where we saw all sorts of different animals, dancing, flying, swimming, playing. The beautiful puppets brought the tale to life and kept the little ones hypnotised. Our favourites were the cat and the bear.
This was followed by 10 Little Rubber Ducks getting lost at sea – there were many moments which made the audience gasp with delight. The Very Lonely Firefly is a glowing tale of overcoming loneliness and finding one’s crew and has an amazing surprise at the end. But shhh don’t want to give it all away!
But of course, the star of the show was saved until the end – the Very Hungry Caterpillar which tells of the metamorphosis of a humble, and very hungry little caterpillar turning into a mighty colourful butterfly (an amazing puppet to end the show on!)
We really enjoyed the day and the toddler, as usual wanted more! Perhaps we will come to see the Very Hungry Caterpillar again before he moves on to munch from another city. Until then, we have the lovely books as our story telling companions.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is on at Troubadour White City Theatre until Sunday 1 September 2019 and tickets cost £15 or £20 with children going free (part of Kids Week Month – more info here) for more booking information, check their website here www.HungryCaterpillarShow.com