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The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle presented by Illyria

Helped by his wise old parrot, Doctor Dolittle makes an extraordinary discovery: that he can talk to animals. A funny, exciting family musical performed outdoors by the incomparable Illyria.

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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 family musical is performed with flair and wit by Illyria in the great outdoors.

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Prices

Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult £19.00
Child £10.00

The basics

Booking details

Call Online sales only

Meeting point

This is an outdoor event. Please meet at the Main Gate and travel through to the Lake Area.

What to bring and wear

Bring your comfy seats for the show, bring a picnic and dress warm!

Accessibility

There are toilet facilities, an accessible toilet and a baby changing facility. Grounds - partly accessible, some hard standing paths near cafe, wider Forest paths are grass and can be very muddy in winter. Mobility parking - in Shell House car park

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