Everyone knows that koalas love a cuddle but, the truth is, that wasn’t always the case. So how exactly did the koala learn to hug?

Ten years after the publication of Steven Lee’s best selling book, Karen The Koala and her fabulous furry friends are back to answer that age old question and remind us once again why there’s nothing quite as wonderful as a nice warm hug.

With a feast of games, giggles and songs this charming family musical first appeared in 2010 and has been loved by children and their grown ups ever since. Now, in this updated, Covid Proof production the love, laughter and magic returns for a limited season.

Dates & Times

Last session: Mon 31 May 2021 at 2:30 PM - This event has now passed
Derby Hall @ The Met
Tables (max 4 people) from £25; individual seats from £10

Duration approx. 60 minutes with no interval. Recommended for ages 3+.

Tickets are available for socially distanced tables (maximum four people per table). Smaller parties can purchase individual seats in the balcony. We have removed many of the balcony seats to allow you to sit in socially distanced groups.

Covid Safety at The Met

If you’re ready to come and join us at The Met again here’s some information about what we’re doing, and what you can do, as we safely welcome you back to live events.

Learn about our Covid Safety measures

Special offer

We’ll give you £3 off Another Planet (normal cost £12) if you buy it in combination with How the Koala Learnt to Hug!


“A perfect introduction to theatre for children, full of audience participation and feel-good factor.”

Sheffield Star

“By turns funny, charming and off the wall. This family show is a great introduction to the theatre with just the right balance of sitting listening and taking part – and the children adored it.”

Bristol Guide

“Filled to overflowing with the feel-good factor. A pure, undiluted joy.”

The Cornishman

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