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Dear Zoo is coming to The Lowry this half term!

Dear Zoo Live on Stage Cast Autumn 2019 4

Dear Zoo is coming to The Lowry Theatre at the end of half term; 25, 26 and 27 October 2019. Aimed at children aged two to six, it looks like a fantastic show.

You can imagine how excited Tall Boy will be when I tell him that we are going to see one of his favourite books live on stage.

Dear Zoo has been loved in our household since I was a child. The story celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2017, so when I first read it, it was almost brand new!

Tall Boy learned the names of several animals by lifting the flaps to join the child in the story in the search for the perfect pet. It has grown with him and we now play the Dear Zoo pairs game, including matching the animals to their crates. I’m sure that one day he’ll read it to the twins.

The stage show brings Rod Campell’s story to life through, “child-engaging puppets, original music and lots of audience interaction.”

It’s been on tour since 2018 but the future was in jeopardy after the tour bus was stolen in Peterborough earlier this year. The production has been completely rebuilt thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and it promises to be amazing.

I have been invited to check it out with Tall Boy and, based on these pictures, it looks just like the book. I can’t wait!


Dear Zoo Live on Stage

Dear Zoo Live on Stage

Dear Zoo Tour Bus and Cast at Maidstone Hazlitt Theatre


If you want to take your little one, tickets are available from The Lowry now.

The theatre is also hosting a Dear Zoo themed, Under 5’s First Steps dance workshop on 25 October, which sounds like lots of fun. Further details are also available via The Lowry website.


I have been gifted tickets for Dear Zoo in exchange for previewing the show on Tall Mum in Manchester. Views about the story are, as ever, my own. 

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Becci Johnson

Hi, I’m an almost 6 ft, thirty-something living in Manchester. Writer, blogger & mum to twins plus one.

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