Win a family ticket to see Dear Zoo Live on Stage! in Basildon or Harlow

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Dear Zoo, the best-selling, lift-the-flap book, is brought to life for the very first time in a brilliant new stage production.   We have a family ticket up for grabs to see this fantastic show which will be at Basildon’s Towngate Theatre on 19th and 20th March or at the Harlow Playhouse on 7th and 8th May 2019.

With child engaging puppets, original music and lots of audience interaction, Dear Zoo will appeal to families and children who love the book and will serve as a wonderful introduction to those coming to the story for the first time.

The lucky winner will also get Dear Zoo activity books for each child in the group.


T&Cs Tickets subject to availability.   Not exchangeable for cash or alternative production.  Family ticket (2 adults/2 children, 1 adult/3children)


“I’m absolutely delighted that Dear Zoo is being brought to life on stage for the very first time!” Rod Campbell, author and illustrator

“Dear Zoo live on stage! is a wonderful adventure based on the popular, well-loved lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.”

Due to overwhelming demand, Dear Zoo live on stage!  adapted from author Rod Campbell’s best-selling classic lift-the- flap book, Dear Zoo, which was brought to life in 2018 as a brilliant new stage production returns to UK theatres in 2019.   As a book Dear Zoo, has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 and has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and Dear Zoo live on stage!  will continue to delight audiences when it opens on 4 February at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn.    With 73 scheduled dates around the UK, full details are available at                               

“…fantastic props, a great storyline and some great audience interaction, it’s the ideal place to take your little ones …”

Celebrating 35 years in 2017, Dear Zoo, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, the story of a child who writes to the zoo asking them to send a pet, continues to delight each new generation of children as they lift the flaps in search of the perfect animal.


“The whole production was full of energy and cleverly pitched at its audience…”   Bury Free Times


Written by Rod Campbell, produced by Norwell Lapley Productions and directed by                                   Michael Gattrell, Dear Zoo live on stage! is suitable for children aged 2 – 6 years. Brought to life through child-engaging puppets, original music and lots of audience interaction, the show immediately appeals to families and children who already love the book and will serve as a wonderful introduction to those coming to the story for the first time.


Good educational children’s fun”  Rating 5/5


Rod Campbell is the master of interactive storytelling and an expert in early learning for pre-schoolers. As a trusted household name, his books have stood the test of time and continue to be a staple addition to the family bookshelf and a popular choice for early years’ teachers. The creator of more than 200 books for children, Rod Campbell’s unique ability to be both fun and reassuring encourages children to discover and delight in the world around them.

“The transition to stage has been made smoothly and beautifully, with every great element of the book translated into a superb theatrical production” *****

Commenting on Dear Zoo live on stage! Rod Campbell said “I can hardly believe that Dear Zoo has celebrated its 35th anniversary and I really am enormously touched and delighted that successive generations of young children continue to love Dear Zoo – their obvious pleasure when interacting with it is so gratifying to see, and for me is the very greatest of compliments!”


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