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Theatre on the lawn - The Adventures of Dr Dolittle

Illyria present 'The Adventures of Dr Dolittle' adapted by Oliver Gray from the books by Hugh Lofting.

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Doctor Dolittle leads a simple life as the village doctor in sleepy Puddleby-On-The-Marsh. He often undercharges his patients, or even treats them for free, so he is terribly poor. But one day, with the help of his wise old parrot Polynesia, he makes an extraordinary discovery: that he can talk to animals. As news of his talent as an animal doctor spreads, animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So he borrows a leaky old ship and embarks on a thrilling quest to cure illness, spread kindness, and better understand animals everywhere. He is joined on his adventures by a loyal animal crew: Jip (a dog), Chee-Chee (a monkey), Dab Dab (a duck), and Gub Gub (an ever-hungry, cake-loving pig) – who together may even help him fix his money problems once and for all!

Hugh Lofting’s timeless classic celebrates the power of empathy and inspires audiences young and old to see the world through the eyes of animals. This funny, exciting new family musical is performed with flair and wit by Illyria in the great outdoors.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult full price (concessions available)£16.00
Child under 18£11.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 01805 624624 To book tickets please visit the Plough Arts Centre website or contact their Booking office.

Meeting point

Enter the garden via the biomass boiler house gate and follow the signs.

What to bring and wear

This is an outdoor event. Please check the weather forecast before attending. The performance will not be cancelled if it rains.


The venue has level access, adjacent parking and accessible toilet facilities. For specific access information please call the box office on 01805 624624 or take a look at the access statement on the Castle Drogo website.


Performances continue regardless of the weather. Be prepared. There are no indoor alternatives in case of bad weather. In the event of electrical storm, or high winds the event will be cancelled. The following may be useful: A torch, insect repellent, an umbrella (or sunshade!)

Contact info

The Plough Arts Centre

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