Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Suitable for ages 3+
By Eileen Spinelli, Adapted by Chris McGregor
Winner of two 2017 Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Design and Outstanding Artistic Creation by a Director

"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 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!

Limited dates available for Spring 2018 

Touring in British Columbia March through May 2018. Please contact the Tour Coordinator by email at or call 604 669 0631 for more information. 

SOMEBODY LOVES YOU MR. HATCH is making a long-awaited return to Vancouver stages, appearing at Studio 1398 on Granville Island this March 23rd & 24th. Celebrate Spring Break by bringing your whole family! 


Study Guide

The study guide will help prepare your students for the live theatre performance and use the performance to enhance your arts curriculum in the classroom. DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Technical Information

THEATRE: Please review the requirements for booking Mr. Hatch at your theatre. DOWNLOAD [PDF]

SCHOOLS: Please review the requirements for booking Mr. Hatch  at your school. DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Media Downloads

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Shown in order: Jeny Cassady & Mr. Hatch, Mika Laulailen, Sarah May Redmond

Jessie Richardson Awards 2016–2017

Nominated -  Outstanding Production
Nominated - Outstanding Performance Jeny Cassady, Mika Laulainen and Sarah May Redmond
Winner - Outstanding Design Frank Rader and Barbara Clayden
Winner - Outstanding Artistic Creation Chris McGregor

“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 for the 2017–2018 and 2018-19

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