We’re going on a Bear Hunt

We’re going to the WEST END

What a beautiful Play!

We’re not scared….


Wednesday 4 July – Sunday 2 September 2018

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt announces full cast for the smash-hit production which returns to the West End at Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 4 July, ten years after its first UK tour. Benjamin Hills (Dog/Musician), Rebecca Newman (Girl) and Thos Wainwright (Dad) return to the cast and they will be joined by Joey Hickman (Boy).

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.

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.

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 MarcParrett.

Sally Cookson – Director and Adapter. Cookson’s most recent theatre work is A Monster Calls, an Old Vic production in association with Bristol Old Vic. 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 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston), Stick Man and Tiddler and other Terrific Tales (Scamp Theatre).

Joey Hickman plays Boy. His acting credits for theatre include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oliver! (Watermill Theatre), Reasons To Be Cheerful, The Threepenny Opera (UK tour), Cinderella: A FairytaleRomeo & JulietThe School for Scandal (Tobacco Factory), Made in Dagenham (The Queen’s Theatre/New Wolsey Theatre), Thisbe(Door Ajar Theatre), The BFG (Birmingham Rep), I Was A Rat! (Birmingham Rep/UK tour), Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre). As a Musical Director, Composer and Arranger his credits include The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre), Three Minute Heroes (Belgrade Theatre) and Our House (New Wolsey Theatre/UK tour).

Benjamin Hills returns to the company to play Dog/Musician. He recently appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, receiving four ‘yes’ votes from the judges in the first round.


Rebecca Newman returns to play Girl. Her theatre credits include Peter Pan (Sherman Theatre), Burning Books(Curve), Romeo and Juliet (Black Rat Productions) and Macbeth (Insane Root Theatre).

Thos Wainwright returns to play Dad. His theatre credits include Custody (Ovalhouse Theatre), Clara and Rosa (Theatre Royal Bath), Noisy Nativity (Tobacco Factory), I Am The Walrus (Young Vic), Banksy: The Room In The Elephant (UK tour), Come To Where I’m From (Paines Plough), Pedestrian, Jesus Christ It’s Christmas (Bristol Old Vic) and Muscle (Hull Truck/Bristol Old Vic).


Kenny Wax Family Entertainment – Producer

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment brings family theatre into the West End, throughout the UK and worldwide. Productions include We’re Going on a Bear HuntWhat the Ladybird HeardMr 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 StradaTop HatPeter 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.

Illustrations © 1989 Helen Oxenbury.  Licensed by Walker Books Ltd. London

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt


Venue:                                 Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

Address:                              London W1D 7ES
Dates:                                   Wednesday 4 July – Sunday 2 September 2018

Press Performances:      Friday 6 July 11am, Saturday 7 July 10am & 12pm

Box Office:                         0330 333 4812

Website:                             www.bearhuntlive.com

Venue Website:              www.nimaxtheatres.com

Nearest Tube:                   Piccadilly Circus 5 mins

Access Performances

Relaxed Performances:                 Friday 13 July 11am and Wednesday 8 August 2pm

BSL Performance:            Wednesday 18 July 11am

ACCESS                                 Call 0330 333 4815

Running time: 55 Minutes (no interval)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is most suitable for pre and primary school children aged 3+ and their families.

Daytime Performances under Thriller Live.

Watch the trailer at bearhuntlive.com

Keep in touch: Facebook / Twitter @bearhuntlive #bearhuntlive

TICKETS: £15 – £24.50

FAMILY TICKET (Admits four):    £66 (Applies to £19 top price tickets only)

SCHOOLS & GROUPS 10+:            £10 each plus 11th ticket free

Groups 10+                                         Call 0330 333 4817


Performance Schedule



Wednesday 4 July            11am

Thursday 5 July                                 11am

Friday 6 July                        11am

Saturday 7 July                  10am & 12pm

Sunday 8 July                     10am & 12pm

Wednesday 11 July         11am

Thursday 12 July               11am

Friday 13 July                     11am – Relaxed Performance

Saturday 14 July                10am & 12pm

Sunday 15 July                   10am & 12pm

Tuesday 17 July                 11am

Wednesday 18 July         11am – BSL Performance

Thursday 19 July               11am

Saturday 21 July                10am & 12pm

Sunday 22 July                   10am & 12pm

Tuesday 24 July                 11am

Wednesday 25 July         11am

Thursday 26 July               11am

Friday 27 July                     11am & 2pm

Saturday 28 July                10am & 12pm

Sunday 29 July                   10am & 12pm

Tuesday 31 July                 11am


Wednesday 1 August     11am & 2pm

Thursday 2 August           11am & 2pm

Friday 3 August                 11am & 2pm

Saturday 4 August           10am & 12pm

Sunday 5 August              10am & 12pm

Tuesday 7 August            11am

Wednesday 8 August     11am

Wednesday 8 August     2pm – Relaxed Performance

Thursday 9 August           11am & 2pm

Friday 10 August               11am & 2pm

Saturday 11 August         10am & 12pm

Sunday 12 August            10am & 12pm

Tuesday 14 August          11am

Wednesday 15 August   11am & 2pm

Thursday 16 August        11am & 2pm

Friday 17 August               11am & 2pm

Saturday 18 August         10am & 12pm

Sunday 19 August            10am & 12pm

Tuesday 21 August          11am & 2pm

Wednesday 22 August   11am & 2pm

Thursday 23 August        11am & 2pm

Friday 24 August               11am & 2pm

Saturday 25 August         10am & 12pm

Sunday 26 August            10am & 12pm

Tuesday 28 August          11am & 2pm

Wednesday 29 August   11am & 2pm

Thursday 30 August        11am & 2pm

Friday 31 August               11am & 2pm


Saturday 1 September   10am & 12pm

Sunday 2 September      10am & 12pm

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