"well worth a visit"

"both skillful and imaginative"
-The Stage-

Sorry, What the Ladybird Heard closed on 10 Sep 2017

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About the show

Following a fun UK tour, Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ farmyard extravaganza comes to the West End in a raucous new stage adaptation directed by Graham Hubbard. Bursting with colour and beloved animals with big personalities, What the Ladybird Heard is the perfect summer treat for tiny theatregoers!

Based on the much-loved children’s picture book, What the Ladybird Heard is the enchanting story of a tiny creature with a big heart. When two sneaky robbers decide that they want to steal the farmer’s prize cow, the tiny ladybird develops her own crafty plan to save the day. Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len don’t know what’s in store for them…

Join a whole farm of furry friends, including a woolly sheep, hairy hog, fat red hen and dainty dog, as well as the lovely ladybird herself. What the Ladybird Heard features live music, enchanting puppetry and lots of audience interaction to keep little theatre lovers engaged. Packed with surprises and laughter, it’s bound to please the grown-ups too!

What the Ladybird Heard is directed by Graham Hubbard, with design by Bek Palmer, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy and original music and sound design by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw. Playing a limited season before the arrival of The Gruffalo’s Child, this brilliant play runs at the Lyric Theatre from July 5th to September 10th 2017.

Who Should See It?

Fans of The Tiger Who Came to Tea will enjoy seeing more fluffy animals in this fantastic treat!

What the Ladybird Heard is recommended for those aged 3 and up.

Playing at

Lyric Theatre
29 Shaftesbury Avenue
Seating Plan

Lyric Theatre seating plan

Booking period

5th Jul 2017

18th Nov 2017

10th Sep 2017

Running time

55 minutes with no interval


Recommended for ages 3+