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What The Ladybird Heard at Birmingham Town Hall

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Family fun from the author of The Gruffalo and Stick Man
There will be family farmyard fun at Birmingham Town Hall when What the Ladybird Heard is staged shortly after Christmas.

The play, based on Julia Donaldson's award-winning children's book, runs at the city's historic venue from December 27, 2016, till January 11, 2017.

What the Ladybird Heard, Birmingham Town Hall, Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks, The Gruffalo, Childrens' Shows, Christmas Shows
Farmyard fun: What the Ladybird Heard


What the Ladybird Heard is a story of two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird and a farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow but they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all - the ladybird has a plan of her own!

The audience will be invited to join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the ladybird in this stage adaptation directed by Matthew Gregory. The show features catchy live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs.

What the Ladybird Heard, Birmingham Town Hall, Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks, The Gruffalo, Childrens' Shows, Christmas Shows
Fine prize: Robbers are after the farmer's cow


A specially curated relaxed performance on January 8 is supported by Autism West Midlands and is designed for people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, a learning disability or sensory and communication disorder.

Chris Proctor, Programme Manager at Town Hall/ Symphony Hall, said: "We are thrilled to have such an entertaining and imaginative production as part of our family offering at Birmingham Town Hall. This will be a great opportunity to introduce younger audiences to theatre, some for the first time and what better time than during the festive season? We have no doubts it will be packed with fun for all the family."

What the Ladybird Heard, Birmingham Town Hall, Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks, The Gruffalo, Childrens' Shows, Christmas Shows


The show is produced by Kenny Wax whose Laurence Olivier Awards include The Play That Goes Wrong, Top Hat and Once On This Island. His Olivier-nominated shows for family audiences include Hetty Feather, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Tall Stories' production of Room on the Broom.

Julia Donaldson was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She is also the author of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child which have sold 17 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 70 languages.

The What the Ladybird Heard book was illustrated by Lydia Monks who also collaborated with Julia Donaldson on The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn and the Princess Mirror-Belle books.

What the Ladybird Heard, Birmingham Town Hall, Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks, The Gruffalo, Childrens' Shows, Christmas Shows
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Why? Post-Christmas fun for all the family
When: December 27, 2016 - January 11, 2017
Phone: 0121 345 0600
Where: Birmingham Town Hall
Cost: 12 - 17 plus fees
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