Children’s classic Dear Zoo is back on the road and heading to Winchester!

June 20, 2019


Families will be pleased to learn that postponed children’s show, Dear Zoo, is back on the road and heading to Theatre Royal Winchester from Friday 6 – Saturday 7 September.

The lively stage adaptation of the beloved children’s book by Rod Campbell was due to arrive in the city in May but performances were postponed after the production’s tour bus, and its contents – including life-size monkey and frog costumes – were stolen.

The original bus and contents have not been recovered – despite a nationwide search by police and the producers of the show – which has meant a rebuild of the production. But a combination of insurance and the generosity of an anonymous donor have enabled the company to cover most of the financial losses incurred as a result of the theft. A new set is currently being built, postponed shows have been rebooked, and further tickets are now on sale.

Chris Davis, from the show’s production company, Norwell Lapley Productions, said: ‘We are really delighted that we are now able to go ahead and put Dear Zoo out on the road again thanks to a very generous anonymous donation. Support for the show has been amazing and the sympathetic response from the public has been quite overwhelming.”

The international best-seller – that has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1982 – tells the story of a child who writes to a zoo to ask for a pet. They send a monkey, a lion, even an elephant… and the child is left wondering: ‘Will they ever get it right and send the perfect pet?’

Taking inspiration from the ‘lift-the-flap’ style book, the hit children’s show features colourful puppets, original songs and lots of audience participation that will keep children entertained.

Suitable for children aged 2 – 6 years, Dear Zoo will appeal to youngsters who know the story, as well as serving as a perfect introduction to those yet to enjoy it.

Dear Zoo will be at Theatre Royal Winchester from Friday 6 – Saturday 7 September. Find out more, or book tickets at or call the Box Office on 01962 840 440.