Ben and Sally are searching for the perfect pet, but instead the zoo send a far too big elephant, a far too grumpy camel, and a far too jumpy frog. Whatever will they send next!

Rod Campbell’s much-loved lift the flap book has been a firm favourite with children and parents for nearly forty years. Lovingly adapted for the stage, his distinctive illustrations leap from the page in this colourful show packed full of puppetry, songs and, of course, all the animals from the zoo.

With lots of laughs and audience interaction, Dear Zoo is the perfect introduction to theatre for young children. Join us and find out whether the zoo will send the perfect pet…in the end!


This family favourite is brought to life by Norwell Lapley Productions. Rod Campbell’s well known children’s books with their simple, distinctive drawings and often repetitive text engage young children in learning to read and gaining confidence in their reading ability.


Tickets £16

Prices and discounts subject to change

Running Time

Approximately 55 minutes

Age guidance

2+. Babes in arms (under 18 months) welcome, but please call to book in advance


Patrick Studio

E-tickets will be issued for this production and delivery will be delayed until nearer the show date.

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10.30am Green Limited Availability Relaxed Performance
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Discounts & Concessions


We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to Birmingham Hippodrome.


£12.50 tickets available on all price bands


£55 ticket for 1 adult and up to 3 children. Select Family Offer price type and discount will apply when you have added all four seats to your basket


24 hours prior to a performance, best available seats for £12, maximum 2 per booker, subject to availability

CLICK HERE for further information on our Standby Rate and our On the Day Postcode Scheme for Birmingham residents living in B6, B9, B10, B11 and B21


All performances
10+ tickets – £12.50 per ticket plus 1 FREE ticket

Please email for more information and to book now!

CLICK HERE for further information on Group Bookings


£5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
2 for 1 on standard ticket prices for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
Limited availability
CLICK HERE for more information on our Access Performances


Discounts and Concessions are offered subject to availability at the discretion of the Information and Sales Manager. Top three price bands only, unless otherwise stated. Restrictions may apply. Only one discount per ticket may apply, unless otherwise stated. Offers are non retrospective and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid ID must be presented where applicable. Additional discounts may be offered from time to time.

Food & Drink

Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is open all day for Quarter Horse barista coffee and a quick and tasty bite to eat.

Our Bars

You’ll receive a warm welcome at our Foyer Bars, conveniently positioned for both Stalls and Circle levels.

Assisted Performances

We strive to provide access for all

For dates of audio-described, captioned or British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances, please see below. These vary from show to show. It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

  • Relaxed Performance: Wed 6 Apr 2022, 10.30am

CLICK HERE for more information on our Accessible Performances

"A must-see for fans of the book, and for any young child who likes animals!"

"This show is the perfect running time and there’s no interval, so momentum isn’t lost. If you’re looking for a family trip to the theatre, this is one of the best."

"A superb theatrical production"

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