THE Sooty Show will celebrate its 75th birthday with a 42-date tour, with the magical yellow bear and friends set to appear at Chester's Storyhouse this spring.

Children's favourite Sooty turned 75 on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 and to mark the anniversary Sooty, Sweep & Soo and host of 25 years Richard Cadell are back with a UK theatre tour 'The Sooty Show - 75th Birthday Spectacular!'

The mischievous bunch will be on stage at the Storyhouse on Wednesday, April 3, at 2.30pm.

Host Richard Cadell said of the new show: "Well, this tour is different as it is Sooty‘s 75th birthday, so we want all the audience to feel like they are guests at a big party.

"There will be lots of games, audience participation, dances and prizes. We have a special guest from Blackpool Tower Circus to add some spectacular skills to the proceedings.

"Also coming to the party will be some well-loved members of Sooty’s family – Butch, Ramsbottom, and little cousin Scampi. But rest assured there’ll be all the usual nonsense and Sooty will absolutely have his brand-new super soaker ready, so anybody sat anywhere near the front will definitely need a poncho!"

The Sooty Show remains the longest running children's show in the world, first airing on the BBC 69 years ago to the day, on January 16, 1955.

More information about the 75th Birthday Spectacular can be found at: on the Storyhouse website or by calling 01244409113.