Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Suitable for ages 3–8
By Eileen Spinelli, Adapted by Chris McGregor

"Then he did something he had never done before… he laughed!"

Mr. Hatch leads a colourless, ordered life, until one Valentine's Day, he receives a candy-filled heart with the note somebody loves you. Mr. Hatch’s world is turned upside down and he begins to make friends and enjoy all sorts of nice foods and the fun parts of life that he once ignored. This heartwarming puppet play examines the effect that kindness can have on a dreary existence. Join Mr. Hatch as he searches for his secret admirer and enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch has been adapted for the stage by Axis Theatre’s creative director Chris McGregor from the children’s novel by Eileen Spinelli. Please contact the Tour Coordinator by email at or call 604 669 0631 for more information.

Study Guide

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“Stellar Piece

"To sit in an audience of children and be able to hear a pin drop is a testament to the stellar piece of TYA theatre Axis has created. I have to say; the adults were enjoying the production as much as the youth."

— Dawn E, Audience Member

Good feeling moments

"I had so many 'good feeling' moments as I looked around at our children and how engaged and engrossed they were during the performance.

— Dundarave Preschool, West Vancouver, BC


Booking now

To inquire about bringing this show to your community, contact the Tour Coordinator by email at or call 604 669 0631.