The much-loved stage adaptation of What the Ladybird Heard, from bestselling children’s author Julia Donaldson and award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks, will continue to entertain families around the country this Autumn with newly announced tour dates, from 16th September to 4th December. The tour will kick off at Birmingham Hippodrome following the highly anticipated West End season at The Palace Theatre this summer, welcoming family- friendly live entertainment back to theatres.

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 comments, 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 adds, 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!

A colourful countryside adventure brought to life on stage, What the Ladybird Heard is a fantastic introduction to theatre for the little ones. Packed with plenty of audience participation and full of laughs this retelling of the classic children’s book is the tale of one quiet Ladybird on her quest to save the day!

Show What the Ladybird Heard
55 minutes (no interval)

Performance times Please see website for times on each day.

Performance times Please see website for times on each day.
15th July – 29th August The Palace Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5AY heard/

16th – 18th September Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB heard/

23rd – 24th September The Radlett Centre
Aldenham Avenue, Radlett WD7 8HL Ladybird-Heard

25th – 26th September Tonbridge School E M Forster Theatre
The Box Office, High Street Entrance, Tonbridge TN9 1JP

30th September – 3rd October Leicester Curve Studio
Alexandra House, 60 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB ladybird-heard-2/

5th – 6th October Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX
Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL heard

7th – 10th October Taunton Brewhouse
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12th – 13th October Lanark Memorial Hall
13 St Leonard Street, Lanark ML11 7AB GB/shows/what%20the%20ladybird%20heard/events

16th – 17th October The Lowry
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ

20th – 24rd October Churchill Theatre, Bromley High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA heard-bromley-2021

26th – 31st October Arts Depot
5 Nether Street, London N12 0GA

3rd – 6th November Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
10 Regent St, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ heard/

10th – 12th November
Sheffield Lyceum
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA heard

24th – 27th November
Milton Keynes Theatre
500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ heard/milton-keynes-theatre/

2nd – 4th December
MAST Mayflower Studios
144 Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DU ladybird-heard-2021/

7th December – 2nd January
Exeter Northcott
Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4QB heard