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Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-selling lift-the-flap books for preschool children, this amazing adaption will be lovingly brought to life on stage for the first time this autumn.

Poor old Fox has lost his socks! Are they in the kitchen or inside the clock? And Rat-a-tat-tat! Who’s that keeping tired Rabbit awake? You can also join in with Pig and Hen’s game of hide-and-seek and discover the special surprise Postman Bear is planning for his friends.

At King’s Hall, Ilkley on Thursday 10 & Friday 11 November, Tales from Acorn Wood is from NLP Ltd, the same producing team behind Rod Campbell’s, Dear Zoo Live and Dear Santa Live. The show is packed full of toe-tapping songs and an array of beautifully crafted puppets, as well as striking state of the art staging, projection and technology which incorporates the much-loved lift-the-flap elements of the book on stage.

Julia Donaldson says: “I am really happy that the Tales from Acorn Wood are now moving to the stage. Fans of the books are bound to enjoy seeing the four main characters - Fox, Bear, Pig and Rabbit - brought to life through NLP’s clever staging. Live performance and songs are both very close to my heart and I am sure this production will delight children and families.

Axel Scheffler says: “I have always enjoyed illustrating the Tales from Acorn Wood stories; the wide cast of animal friends is fun to draw, and I enjoy developing their world through my pictures.I am very pleased that the NLP team is using state of the art staging and technology to create a brilliant experience for children, and I am looking forward to seeing it all, especially how they create the lift-the-flap effects on stage!

NLP have assembled a creative team, including celebrated choreographer Johnny Autin as Puppet Director, who will be working alongside Director, Brad Fitt, acclaimed Production Designer, Ian Westbrook, who has designed numerous Birmingham Hippodrome pantomimes, alongside Motion Graphic Designer, Louise Rhoades-Brown, and Lighting Designer, Alex Musgrave. Props and puppets have been designed and created by Midlands based Deborah Mingham of Entify. The creative team is completed with Musical Director Composer, Miles Russell.

King’s Hall, Ilkley

Thursday 10 & Friday 11 November 2022 Thu 4pm; Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm

Tickets £17.50 / Boxes (seat 4) £70 Children: £2.50 off / Family Tickets available

Call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit

All prices shown include booking fees but are subject to postage charge if applicable. Bradford Theatres’ usual terms and conditions apply


Kings Hall and Winter Gardens
Kings Hall in Ilkley

The Kings Hall and Winter Gardens is a central venue in the town of Ilkley which comprises of a traditional Victorian theatre and adjacent glass roofed spa hall.



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