In association with Birmingham Hippodrome

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved Tales from Acorn Wood stories are brought to life on stage for the first time in an enchanting lift-the-flap experience. 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.

Packed full of toe-tapping songs, puppetry, and all the friends from Acorn Wood, this beautiful show from the team that brought you Dear Zoo Live and DEAR SANTA promises to be the perfect treat for children of all ages.

21-31 DEC

Christmas Special Featuring Squirrel's Snowman

Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea


Frederik Pahus

Jenny Trapp

Sam Baumal


Show Captain

Alex Rincon


Photos by Mark Senior

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 Norwell Lapley’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.

Julia Donaldson

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 Norwell Lapley 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!

Axel Scheffler

Our special Christmas show features Squirrel’s Snowman – can you help her find everything she needs to build a snowman?