WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with West End Run

WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with West End Run

Ten years after its first UK tour, the smash-hit production of We're Going on a Bear Hunt returns to the West End at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 4 July. Music, laughter, rhymes, rhythms and repetitions together with puppetry, paint, water and mud... not to mention a bear - we're not scared! - make this fun-filled adventure the perfect theatrical outing for all young families.

Sally Cookson's hugely inventive production set to Benji Bower's lively musical score is a mischievous celebration of play, utilising everyday objects and materials to capture the imagination and propel audiences into the world of Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's much loved picture book.

Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog as they wade through the swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the oozy squelchy mud, in search of a bear. Expect plenty of interaction and a few surprises along the way.

Producer, Kenny Wax said today, 'I'm absolutely thrilled to be celebrating We're Going on a Bear Hunt's 10th anniversary, and returning to the West End this summer seems the ideal way to do so! Since the show set out on its first UK tour we have had the joy of presenting Sally Cookson and Benji Bower's unique and brilliant adaptation to young audiences across the UK, Australia, Asia and America. It's wonderful to continue bringing this much loved story to life for new generations of children and we look forward to doing so for many more years to come.'

We're Going on a Bear Hunt is an action-packed treat for those who love the book and the ideal theatrical experience for first time theatregoers.

To book, visit www.nimaxtheatres.com.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt is presented by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and is created by the critically acclaimed production team including director Sally Cookson, composer Benji Bower, designer Katie Sykes, lighting designer Tony Simpson, sound designer Jason Barnes, associate director and puppet designer Marc Parrett. The cast will be announced later this year.

Sally Cookson - Director and Adapter. Cookson's most recent theatre work is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse). For Kenny Wax her credits include La Strada and Hetty Feather (Olivier Award nominated). For the National Theatre her credits include Jane Eyre, Peter Pan (both co-productions with Bristol Old Vic). She is an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic, where her productions include Jane Eyre, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Papa Please Get the Moon for Me, Clown, Strange Case, Pericles, Pains of Youth, The Visit. Her numerous collaborations with Travelling Light theatre include Strictly Balti, The Ugly Duckling, Boing!, How Cold My Toes, Shadowplay, Cloudland, Lenny, Bob the Man on the Moon. For Tobacco Factory her credits include One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Cinderella - A Fairy-tale (Olivier Award nominated). Other theatre includes Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston), Stick Man and Tiddler and other Terrific Tales (Scamp Theatre).

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment brings family theatre into the West End and throughout the UK and worldwide. Productions include We're Going on a Bear Hunt, What the Ladybird Heard, Mr Popper's Penguins (UK and international tour), the Olivier Award nominated Hetty Feather and Around the World in 80 Days. They also general manage Tall Stories' productions of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom in the UK.

Kenny Wax is currently co-producing productions of The Play That Goes Wrong in the West End (Olivier Award Winner - Best New Comedy), on Broadway (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award Winner 2017), and in Australia, as well as on tour in the UK, where the show continues to play to sell out audiences. Other productions include the stage adaptation of Fellini's La Strada, Top Hat, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the West End production of The Comedy about a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre, Mischief Movie Night and Six at the Arts Theatre. Kenny Wax was recently appointed President of the Society of London Theatre.

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