The Scarecrows’ Wedding, based on the children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, will be making its West End premiere at Leicester Square Theatre from 9th July to 4th September.

The play is directed by Eva Sampson, with design by James Button, lighting by Elanor Higgins and music by Darren Clark. It is produced by Scamp Theatre in association with Watford Palace Theatre.


Described as a heart-warming love story, The Scarecrows’ Wedding tells the tale of two scarecrows called Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay who decide to get married. 

The plot sees Harry set off to search for wedding day essentials including a dress of feathers, a bunch of flowers and a necklace made from shells. However, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth but dangerous Reginald Rake. 

Audiences will watch as Reginald tries to woo Betty, and find out if Harry can make it back in time to save the wedding day.

Watch the trailer for The Scarecrows’ Wedding below:

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Julia Donaldson is a British writer, playwright and performer, the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate, and the prize-winning author of children's books including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man and Tiddler and other Terrific Tales.

Axel Scheffler is a German-born illustrator and animator based in London. He is best known for his cartoon-like pictures for children's books, particularly The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child.

Group booking information

Performances of The Scarecrows’ Wedding will take place at 11am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and at 11am and 2pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Group travel organisers to should call the Box Office on 020-7734 2222 for information about discounted rates for groups.

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Pictured: Muireann Bird (Betty O’Barley) in The Scarecrows' Wedding at Edinburgh Festival 2015. (Photo credit: Steve Ullathorne).