Dear Zoo Live visits Bromsgrove Artrix after theft nightmare

The stage version of the much-loved 'Dear Zoo' series of books has been rescued after an anonymous donation covered the majority of the productions costs after their transport, set and costumes were stolen.

The hit children’s show saw the final leg of its Spring tour cancelled at the end of April, after its heavily branded tour bus, and its contents, were taken during the productions stop in Peterborough.

However, the producers are thrilled to announce that the autumn tour will now go ahead and, where possible, the cancelled shows have been rebooked after the combination of insurance and the generosity of one individual, enabled them to cover most of the financial losses incurred as a result of the theft. 

Despite a nationwide search, the stolen items have still not been recovered which has meant a total rebuild of the production at great cost. A new set is currently being built and Dear Zoo Live on Stage! will be delighting audiences once again this autumn, including a date at Bromsgrove's Artrix. Chris Davis, of Norwell Lapley Productions, said:

"We had confirmed some tour dates for the autumn, but they were in doubt as we were not sure if we would be able to cover our costs following the theft.

“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.@

Tickets for the Bromsgrove dates, including extra shows, are on sale now and can be purchased at


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