After a smash-hit run in 2011, The Man Who Planted Trees returns to Southbank Centre this summer. A unique blend of comedy, puppetry and storytelling, this is an imaginative family show about a shepherd who sets out to plant a forest and transform a barren landscape, accompanied by his faithful dog.

Multisensory elements allow the audience to hear the wind, feel the rain and smell the lavender - and the partly improvised nature of the comic scenes means that no two shows are alike.

Puppeteers Richard Medrington and Rick Conte (who plays the dog) created the show in 2006 with artist Ailie Cohen. Based on a novel by Jean Giono, from its early days touring schools and rural areas in the UK, The Man Who Planted Trees has gone on to tour internationally, including repeat visits to the Sydney Opera House and New York’s Lincoln Center Institute.

For explorers aged 7+. Well-behaved younger children are welcome but may find it harder to concentrate; please bear in mind that noise will disrupt other patrons' enjoyment of the show.

'It is very, very rare to find something that appeals as effortlessly to children and adults as this magical show.' ***** (The Scotsman)

'Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit, the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific.' (The Guardian)

Please note the performance on Saturday 31 August 2013 at 12 noon is sign interpreted by Jacqui Beckford.

Sink your teeth into a tree!

Bring your The Man Who Planted Trees ticket with you to Feng Sushi and get a free maki creation to celebrate the return of this smash-hit family show.*

*Offer valid on presentation of a The Man Who Planted Trees ticket at Feng Sushi, Southbank Centre only from 22 August - 1 September 2013. One tree per party. Food and drink must be purchased to redeem this offer.

Get colouring and win tickets!

Download our colouring sheet by clicking here and send in a photo of your finished picture to The winner (and their family) will receive tickets to see the show!*

* Competition ends Monday 26 August. Competition tickets cannot be refunded, exchanged or transferred. Tickets are for two adults and two children. Competition tickets valid for one of the following performances: Thursday 29 August (12 noon or 3pm) or Friday 30 August (12 noon or 3pm), The winner will be notified by email on Tuesday 27 August.

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