The stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book What the Ladybird Heard will tour the UK later this year.
Following West End performances at The Palace Theatre in July and August, the show will begin its tour at Birmingham Hippodrome. The tour will last from September until December.
The production stars Nikita Johal as Lily/Ladybird, Roddy Lynch as Farmer, Matthew McPherson as Hefty Hugh, James Mateo-Salt as Lanky Len and Abigail Middleton as the understudy/ASM.
Adapted and directed by Graham Hubbard, What the Ladybird Heard brings Donaldson’s tale to the stage. The cast of five perform original songs set to live music. There is also lots of puppetry and audience participation.
“After such a hard year it’s important that we can provide creative escapism for young children, and this stage show will do just that,” Donaldson explains.
“I can’t wait to get back to the theatre and see it myself. I believe audiences are in for a treat!”
The illustrator of the original book—Lydia Monks—takes on the role of Design Consultant, bringing the colour of the family adventure to life.
“It’s always a thrill to see my illustrations burst into life on stage and I’m very excited to be involved in this project,” Monks comments.
“Theatre is an important tool for children’s creative development, and I believe this show is the perfect outlet.”
What the Ladybird Heard is recommended for children aged three and older.
Tickets for the performances can be booked online.
Words by Jessica Saunders
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