What the Ladybird Heard

From Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of The Gruffalo, and award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks, comes the stage show of the much-loved picture book What the Ladybird Heard. With live original music from a quartet of talented actors, puppetry and a whole farmyard of fun, this 55-minute family favourite is the perfect summer treat!

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a scheme of her own!

Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog as they take on the villains in their quest to save the day at the Palace Theatre, London. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books and with over 4 million copies sold this adaptation is the perfect introduction to theatre for children aged 3+. Expect plenty of participation, lots of laughs and rhymes galore!

First conceived on a countryside walk with her son, Donaldson enjoyed the idea of a quiet Ladybird outwitting the bigger brawnier creatures. The animals and their noises fill this colourful adventure with real flair and, in consultation with the original illustrator, beautifully capture the magic of the story.

Producer Kenny Wax comments, I am delighted that What the Ladybird Heard is returning to the stage and I’m looking forward to welcoming family audiences back to the West End for a much needed treat this summer. It will be wonderful to see smiling faces in the glorious Palace Theatre once again.

What the Ladybird Heard will tour in Autumn 2021 - dates to be announced soon.

This production will run at 10.30am/11am/1pm/2pm Tuesday-Sunday. Please see the website for times on each day.

On Wednesday 21st July at 11am and Wednesday 11th August at 11am there will be relaxed performances. On Thursday 22nd July at 11am there will be a BSL performance.
Thursday 15th July – Sunday 29th August 2021

Tuesday – Sunday, 10.30am/11am/1pm/2pm
The Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5AY
Thu 15 Jul to Sun 18 Jul, Tue 20 Jul to Sun 25 Jul, Tue 27 Jul to Sun 1 Aug, Tue 3 Aug to Sun 8 Aug, Tue 10 Aug to Sun 15 Aug, Tue 17 Aug to Sun 22 Aug, Tue 24 Aug to Sun 29 Aug, Tue 31 Aug
Contact telephone: 020 7434 0088 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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