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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Based on Eric Carle’s Books

“and – pop! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”

One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for children 18 months+ and their adults.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the production features a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets, including the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar – and an Australian cast who bring these beloved books to life on stage.

Alongside The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the show features three other Eric Carle stories, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

The team behind the Australian tours of The Gruffalo, Spot, and The 13, 26, 52, 78 & 91-Storey Treehouses will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers, while those who grew up with these books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written. Don’t miss out!

AUSLAN and Relaxed Performances

The performance on Sat 27 Mar at 1.30pm will be relaxed and will be Auslan interpreted.

A relaxed performance is one that has been modified slightly to consider the needs and preferences of people with disabilities and their companions.

If you need to be close to the interpreter for this performance, or would like more information, please contact us on 5588 4000 or [email protected]

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and CDP Kids


Created by Jonathan Rockefeller
Based on Eric Carle’s Books
Associate Director:Liesel Badorrek
Music and Sound: Nate Edmondson
Scenic Design: David Goldstein
Puppets by: Rockefeller Productions
Builders and Fabricators: Arlee Chadwick, Jessica Lorence and Acheson Walsh
Cast: Tina Jackson, Eleanor Stankiewicz and Christopher Vernon
Stage Manager: Jesse Hilford
Assistant Stage Manager: Dana Spence


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What’s for lunch? 

Don’t get caught on the hop. Pre-order a HOTA Kid’s Lunch Box and keep everyone happy. For just $15 we’ll package up a sandwich, cheese and cracker pack, mini muffin and water or juice. Gluten free available if notified in advance.

Add it to your order when booking your ticket to the show and collect from the HOTA Café on the day. Easy.

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Keeping you safe

It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan which you can read on our FAQs page and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.

When you arrive you’ll be asked to register your details for the purpose of contact tracing.

All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.

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