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Theatre Company Illyria brings Hugh Lofting’s The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle to Oak Tree Animals’ Charity

Illyria are renowned for their lively performances like this one in last year’s production of the Lost World.

[A]ward Winning outdoor theatre company Illyria will bring their fabulous production of The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle to Oak Tree Animals’ Charity, Wetheral on 29th May 2018 at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available now at or call the charity directly on 01228 560082.

When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So, he buys a leaky old ship and, together with his trusty pet-crew of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the Duck and permanently hungry Gub-Gub the pig, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, spread compassion and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom.

A funny, much-loved and exciting adventure, with a strong message about responsibility towards animals and the environment, this show is created by the same Illyria team who brought you an entire menagerie of animal puppets in Danny the Champion of the World and a life-size T-Rex in The Lost World.

Now in its 27th year, Illyria has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada performing some of the most well-loved productions on offer. The company has won 4 international Best Performance” awards and attracted numerous “5-star” and “Critics’ Choice” reviews for the lively clarity of its approach to Shakespeare’s plays, the high quality of its family shows and the refreshingly quirky originality of its English classics adaptations and Gilbert & Sullivan musicals.

“Illyria has given more performances to more people across a wider area than any other open-air touring theatre company, proudly maintaining professional Equity-compliant productions for over a quarter of a century. We’re really pleased to be performing at Oak Tree Animals’ Charity and can’t wait see how the audience reacts!” says Artistic Director Oliver Gray.

Sarah Batty, Fundraising and Communications Manager at Oak Tree said “We are delighted to welcome Illyria to Oak Tree Animals’ Charity. Being able to talk to animals is often a dream of many pet owners and animal lovers! We are looking forward to welcoming audience members of all ages.”

Illyria’s fast and furious madcap style is sure to prove popular for the whole family, from theatre devotees to live performance newcomers.

To find out more about Illyria’s full touring schedule, and to buy tickets, visit

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