One of the most iconic children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page and onto the stage in a masterful theatrical experience at Arts Centre Melbourne from 28 November – 2 December as part of a national tour. Audiences are invited to journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this colourful and captivating show created by Jonathan Rockefeller.

Featuring a menagerie of 75 loveable puppets, the critically-acclaimed production The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show faithfully adapts four of Carle’s stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle, has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Carle’s well-known books have captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories. Carle’s work introduced generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.

A delight for those discovering Carle’s stories and for the generations who grew up with his iconic books, this enchanting Australian-made show transports audiences into a version of Carle’s world that will excite, educate and entertain. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, directed by Naomi Edwards and with 75 magical puppets created by New York’s Puppet Kitchen.

November 28 – December 2