Dear Zoo To Go Ahead In Bury Following Van Theft

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds was devastated to hear of the shocking theft of a touring vehicle for upcoming shows of Dear Zoo, which has meant that their spring/summer tour dates have sadly been cancelled. Thankfully the show is scheduled to resume touring in the autumn and the performances at Theatre Royal will still go ahead (Wed 23 & Thu 24 Oct).

The Mercedes truck was stolen in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, during the early hours of Sat 27 April and contained the entire staging, props, puppets and costumes for Dear Zoo. The sell-out play, which is based on the popular books by author Rod Campbell, was set to continue its tour of the UK and had been delighting thousands of young children. The show’s devastated producer, Chris Davis, reported the theft to police and estimated the truck and its entire contents to be worth more than £50,000. Mr Davis said that the truck was fitted with a security tracking device which indicated that it may now be in the Grantham area, in Lincolnshire.

The theft has led to the cancellation of the remaining dates for the spring/summer tour, 56 performances in total, and also meant that five actors and the stage manager would have to be made redundant. The truck, brightly painted yellow with the show’s logo and a lion in a cage had been parked overnight in Peterborough following performances that day. Anyone with information concerning the stolen truck is asked to contact police.

The producers have already started to rebuild the show, and have assured concerned audiences that the tour will be ready to start again in September, which means that their scheduled performances at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will be able to go ahead as planned.

Dear Zoo was announced as part of the theatre’s new autumn season, which went on general sale on Sat 27 Apr. There are four performances – Wed 23 & Thu 24 Oct, tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at www.theatreroyal.org/shows/dear-zoo-2/ or visit the theatre in person.