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 Fairytale, Romeo & Juliet, The 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).
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 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.
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
Venue Website: www.nimaxtheatres.com
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus 5 mins
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.
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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
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