Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland

18/07/2017 - 22/07/2017

Production Details


For the first time in New Zealand, the celebrated theatrical production The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will burst into life onstage from the 18 – 22 July 2017 at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, as a part of the Auckland Live Kids Play programme. 

One of the most read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle emerges from the page in a masterful and beautiful dramatic experience for the whole family. A nostalgic and truly cherished childhood tale, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be performed alongside other Eric Carle best-sellers The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mr. SeahorseandThe Very Lonely Firefly. 

Having toured Australia with sell-out seasons, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and its 70 puppets is set to capture the imaginations of new fans with its visual wizardry, while those who grew up with Carle’s books will relish the chance to see the enchanting stories unfold live on stage. 

A timeless classic for all generations, there are 10 performances of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show perfectly timed for July school holiday fun! 

“For first-time theatregoers, this is a triumph of faithful storytelling and pattern recognition. For seasoned viewers, it’s a production that’s beautiful to watch – no matter how old you are, or how long ago it was since you read a picture book” – Time Out, Australia 


The Very Hungry CaterpillarShow
Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 July, 10am & 12pm
Tickets: Child $19 | Adult $26 | Family of four $72
Bookings: or 0800 111 999
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is part of the fantastic family Auckland Live Kids Play programme. 

Auckland Live Kids Play programme is all about getting tamariki to take part in the arts. This programme developed by Auckland Live allows children to discover and actively experience a diverse range of high calibre live performances, and share special moments together as a family at affordable prices. “Auckland Live is thrilled to bring such high quality international work to our shores, providing great access to ignite the imaginations of young people and their whānau” – Georgina Cervin, Auckland Live Manager of Programme Development. 

Theatre , Family , Children’s ,

50 mins

Magical, gentle, beautiful to watch

Review by Heidi North 20th Jul 2017

In this Australian production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, four of Eric Carle’s classic tales are brought to life: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly.

Debuted in New York at the beginning of 2016, the show has since been performed (using different casts) around the world. Using puppets and set to meditative music, it holds the audience’s attention and is a great example of setting a tone for children’s theatre that doesn’t need to be all fast-paced antics and pantomime trickery.

Brought to life with a cast of four talented performers wielding over 75 stunning puppets, this show is a wonderfully faithful take on Eric Carle’s classic tales.  

While the four stories are all well done, it’s the final one, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, that the audience are hanging out for. And it doesn’t disappoint; the magical transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is just as delightful as in the original picture book.

The young audience are mesmerised by The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’s magical, gentle pace. This slick production is beautiful to watch. Highly recommended. 


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