The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at MAC Birmingham

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show [Ad-Review]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Eric Carle’s, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is one of those classic children’s stories that everyone loves. I have vivid memories of hearing the story as a child myself. I then enjoyed reading it to Mini when she was little. I love that it’s now one of her favourite books to read to Baby Mack. When we heard that MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham were putting on The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, we were very excited to be invited along. It appears that we aren’t the only fans of the story, as it has been translated into 62 languages and sold over 43 million copies worldwide.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We have seen shows such as Rudolf and Alice in Wonderland at MAC previously. We have always enjoyed our visits so were excited to see how they would bring our favourite story to life on stage. On the day of our visit Mini’s school was closed for voting, so it made a lovely treat for the three of us.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

We took our seats ready for the show to begin. Three actors came onto the stage to start the performance. The whole show was performed by the three actors and a fourth behind scenes helping with puppets (Adam Ryan, Katie Haygarth, Ben Thornton and Clarke Edwards). We were delighted to discover that the performance would include four stories in total, all from Eric Carle’s books. There was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks and The Very Lonely Firefly before ending with the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children in the audience clearly loved all of the stories but were most excited when they finally got a glimpse of the caterpillar they’d been eagerly waiting to see.

All of the performances were bright and colourful and clearly captured the children’s attention. Clever yet simple puppetry was used throughout to bring the story characters to life on stage, whilst keeping true to the original illustrations.

The performance lasted 50 minutes, which was long enough for the little ones in the audience. I think if it were any longer a break would be needed for children to keep their attention. Even though the audience was packed with pre-schoolers and babies, they must have been entranced with the magic of the show as they behaved wonderfully.

hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

I think that the show is a perfect introduction to theatre for very little ones. It had a very fun feel to it, whilst also capturing the charm and magic of the well loved story. We all enjoyed the performance, Baby Mack was captivated by the bright lights on stage and Mini loved guessing what was coming next of the story. Team Mack would definitely recommend a trip to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show as a fantastic family trip for all ages to enjoy.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show runs at MAC, Birmingham until Saturday 4th May. For further information and to book tickets visit the MAC, Birmingham website. The show then continues on with its UK tour that runs until 21st July. For more details and full tour list click here for the official show website.

Disclaimer: We were invited to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.

Official production images were provided by Midlands Arts Centre, with thanks.



  1. May 3, 2019 / 10:12 am

    OMG, this show looks amazing! We love the Hungry Caterpillar (who doesn’t?) and those stage props look like they’ve done a brilliant job and translating it to stage.

    • mommamack15
      May 3, 2019 / 9:24 pm

      It’s one of those stories that everyone knows and loves isn’t it.

  2. May 3, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    Oh this looks utterly adorable! How wonderful to see an all time classic come to life on stage. It looks like such a fun production

    • mommamack15
      May 3, 2019 / 9:25 pm

      It was so well done, really simple and colourful

  3. May 3, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    We started taking Erin to the theatre quite young and shows like this are great for getting them used to it and actually enjoying it.

    • mommamack15
      May 3, 2019 / 9:26 pm

      Definitely it was really relaxed too so if any of the little ones did make noise it wasn’t a problem at all.

  4. May 3, 2019 / 10:03 pm

    Oh wow my daughter would have loved this event. Everyone loves the hungry caterpillar.

  5. May 4, 2019 / 5:54 am

    When mine three were little we used to go and watch shows ike this all the time. We haven’t been to the theatre in a long time. Will have to see if there is anything on near us soon that we’ll all enjoy.

    • mommamack15
      May 4, 2019 / 7:29 am

      Check out the tour run, they are doing a national tour so might be coming near you.

  6. May 4, 2019 / 7:12 pm

    How cute is this! I love how the magic of a book can be created on stage.

  7. May 4, 2019 / 7:58 pm

    My son loves this book so I’m sure he’d adore the show! It looks so cute! Pity we aren’t closer to Birmingham

    • mommamack15
      May 4, 2019 / 8:02 pm

      They are doing a national tour, if you check out the link in the post there may be one closer to you.

  8. Thoroughly Modern Grandma
    May 8, 2019 / 8:24 am

    We’ve still got the book of The Very Hungry Caterpillar that our daughter had when she was little and all three of our grandsons have loved reading it growing up.

    • mommamack15
      May 9, 2019 / 10:52 am

      It’s a lovely storybook that all generations can enjoy together

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