Best selling book live on stage

Due to overwhelming demand, Dear Zoo, Live on Stage! adapted from author Rod Campbell’s best-selling classic lift-the-flap book, returns to UK theatres in 2019.  As a book ‘Dear Zoo’, has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 and has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. ‘Dear Zoo, Live on Stage!’ will continue to delight audiences when it opens on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October at the Regis Centre, Bognor Regis.

Celebrating 35 years in 2017, ‘Dear Zoo’, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, the story of a child who writes to the zoo asking them to send a pet, continues to delight each new generation of children as they lift the flaps in search of the perfect animal.

Written by Rod Campbell, 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, the show immediately appeals 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.

Rod Campbell is the master of interactive storytelling and an expert in early learning for pre-schoolers. As a trusted household name, his books have stood the test of time and continue to be a staple addition to the family bookshelf and a popular choice for early years’ teachers. The creator of more than 200 books for children, Rod Campbell’s unique ability to be both fun and reassuring encourages children to discover and delight in the world around them.

Commenting on Dear Zoo live on stage! Rod Campbell said, “I can hardly believe that Dear Zoo has celebrated its 35th anniversary and I really am enormously touched and delighted that successive generations of young children continue to love Dear Zoo – their obvious pleasure when interacting with it is so gratifying to see, and for me is the very greatest of compliments!”

Dear Zoo, Live on Stage is in production from 6 to7 October at the Regis Centre. Tickets are available here.

“The transition to stage has been made smoothly and beautifully, with every great element of the book translated into a superb theatrical production” – 5 STARS

“I’m absolutely delighted that Dear Zoo is being brought to life on stage for the very first time!”
– Rod Campbell, author and illustrator

“Dear Zoo live on stage! is a wonderful adventure based on the popular, well-loved lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.”

 “…fantastic props, a great storyline and some great audience interaction, it’s the ideal place to take your little ones …”

Good educational children’s fun” – 5 STARS

 “The whole production was full of energy and cleverly pitched at its audience…” – Bury Free Times


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