If you grew up in the UK or have young kids, then you would definitely have read the ever famous Dear Zoo book by Rod Campbell and at some point in your life, this book would have adorned your book shelf. Even our two kids, grew up reading this fabulous book and it was their bed time stories for months on end. So image our excitment when we found out that to celebrate its 36th anniversary, this book was coming to life for the very first time as a new stage production show and coming to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre this February just in time for the half term school holidays!
Dear Zoo is the story of a child who writes to the zoo asking them to send a pet! Its a fabulous book for young kids, brightly illustrated with bold artwork but still small enough for little hands with easy lift-the-flap book and thick chunky and sturdy pages to keep toddlers mesmerised. First published in 1982, the book continues to delight each new generation of children as they lift the flaps in search of the perfect animal.
Written by Rod Campbell, the master of interactive storytelling and an expert in early learning for pre-schoolers, he is also the creator of more than 200 books for children. His unique ability to be both fun and reassuring encourages children to discover and delight in the world around them. The show is produced by Norwell Lapley Productions and directed by Michael Gattrell. Dear Zoo live on stage is suitable for children aged 2 – 6 years. Brought to life through child-engaging puppets, original music and lots of audience interaction, it will immediately appeal to families and children who already love the book and will serve as a wonderful introduction to those coming to the story for the first time.
Read more: Love Animals? Why not head to Reaseheath’s Mini Zoo in Nantwich?
When is Dear Zoo ?
The show will run on Wednesday, 21 February and Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 11am and 2pm
How much are the tickets ?
Tickets are priced at £14.50 each. Family ticket £52.00.
How can I book ?
Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s website.
Where is Stafford Gatehouse Theatre?
Stafford Gatehouse is an old Victorian theatre for professional and amateur shows, including Shakespeare and children’s plays. In 2007, the Borough Hall was reopened as Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, by his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. The Borough Hall was originally opened on 20 June 1877 and the building once housed Stafford Borough Council.
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Tel: 01785 619080
Where to park?
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre is in the heart of Stafford, just seconds from the main shopping centre and central tourist attractions. It is less than 10 minutes drive from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M6 and can be found by following the theatre mask symbols on routes into the town centre. There are ample parking facilities a short walk away from the theatre and cycle racks are available outside the building.