LOCAL audiences requiring the chance of big hugs from the iconic, world-famous Teletubbies in 2018 will have several opportunities to be hugged, in fact.

The Teletubbies are on their 20th anniversary tour, but despite their near coming of age, youthful rebellion seems far from their thoughts, as they continue to celebrate the magical world of childhood, as they've always done.

A spokesman said: "Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a captivating stage show full of love, laughter, music and big hugs, as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland.

"Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-Noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world, which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Young audiences will have the opportunity to join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs by BAFTA award-winning composer, Mani Svavarsson.

The spokesman added: "Teletubbies Live has been created and adapted for the stage by Richard Lewis, who has also created and directed the hugely successful Peppa Pig Live shows. The show is produced by leading children’s theatre team, Fiery Light, in collaboration with licensor DHX Brands.

"Featuring full-sized Teletubbies characters, bright colours, puppetry, movement, songs and actions, Teletubbies Live is the perfect show for introducing young children to the fun and magic of theatre."

The dates for the diary will be February 7 and February 8 at Birmingham Alexandra and September 19 and 20, at Malvern Theatres.

Further details at: www.Teletubbieslive.com