Casting and UK tour dates announced for What the Ladybird Heard

Casting and UK tour dates has been revealed for the stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s What The Ladybird Heard.

The piece was previously announced to be playing the West End with a strictly limited summer season at the Palace Theatre between 15 July to 29 August 2021.

The show will then tour the UK between 16 September and 4 December with dates in Birmingham Hippodrome, The Radlett Centre, Leicester Curve, Taunton Brewhouse, Lanark Memorial Hall, The Lowry, Churchill Theatre, Arts Depot, Everyman Theatre, Milton Keynes Theatre and Southampton MAST.

Bringing the farmyard to life will be Nikita Johal (Spring Awakening, Hope Mill), Roddy Lynch (A Christmas Carol, Theatre Royal Bath), James Mateo-Salt (The Pirate Queen, London Coliseum), Matthew McPherson (The Jolly Christmas Postman, Oxford Playhouse), and Abigail Middleton (Pig, Royal Court Theatre Liverpool).

Showcasing live instrumental music, original songs, puppetry and rhymes galore this exciting adaptation is a treat for the whole family.

Author Julia Donaldson commented: “It’s fantastic to see one of my most-loved children’s books, What the Ladybird Heard, returning to the stage, both in the West End and around the UK!

“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. I can’t wait to get back to the theatre and see it myself. I believe audiences are in for a treat!”

Illustrator and Show Design Consultant Lydia Monks added: “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. Theatre is
an important tool for children’s creative development, and I believe this show is the perfect outlet. I look forward to transporting everyone to the farm for a fun family adventure!”

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What The Ladybird Heard is adapted and directed for the stage by Graham Hubbard with set, puppet & costume design by Bek Palmer, design consultant Lydia Monks, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, composition and sound design by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for JollyGoodTunes and lyrics by Jon Fiber and Howard Jacques.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.