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Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical!

book and lyrics by Andy Stanton
music by Jim Fortune

From 25 July to 31 August
Running Time: tbc

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical!

Who likes bears? Everyone likes bears! Well, not quite everyone... Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals and fun of any kind – so when a big bear called Padlock strolls into town, trouble can’t be far off. Can nine-year-old Polly and her band of misfit friends help Padlock escape the villain’s evil clutches? Or will Mr Gum and his gruesome butcher sidekick prevail?

Based on the hilariously anarchic, award-winning children’s books, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical! promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing, occasionally-burping extravaganza for children and adults alike. Author Andy Stanton creates the book and lyrics, with music by Jim Fortune (Pericles).

Full of outlandish characters and joyful, utterly idiotic songs, this production is definitely not your average family fare.

Suitable for 7yrs+

Tickets for families
Half-price tickets for under-18s (excludes tickets under £20)

Free family activities in the foyer one hour before each 2pm performance.
 

Family Events

Mr Gum family workshop: Heroes and Villains Thu 8 Aug, 10.30am
Learn the songs of Mr Gum Tue 13 Aug, 11am
Mr Gum family workshop: Heroes and Villains Wed 14 Aug, 2pm
Explore the world of Mr Gum (relaxed workshop) Sat 17 Aug, 11am
Mr Gum family workshop: Heroes and Villains Wed 21 Aug, 10.30am
Learn the songs of Mr Gum Thu 22 Aug, 11am
Mr Gum Family Workshop: Write Your Own Songs Wed 28 Aug, 10.30am
Mr Gum family workshop: Heroes and Villains Thu 29 Aug, 2pm

 

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear - the Musical! ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

All performances from 31 July onwards
ADULT £45.00 £35.00 £30 £25 £15
UNDER 18s £22.50 £17.50 £15 £15 £15
All Previews Thu 25 - Tue 30 Jul
ADULT £40 £30 £28 £22 £15
UNDER 18s £20 £15 £15 £15 £15

 

Access Performances

Relaxed performance for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment
Sat 17 August, 2pm

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 30 August, 7pm
Sat 31 August, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Tue 27 August, 2pm

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Cast

Alan Taylor / Friday O'Leary
Richard Cant
Mr Gum
Steve Furst
Swing
Tom Giles
Billy / Captain Brazil
Helena Lymbery
Padlock / Old Granny / Dance Captain
Kate Malyon
Jonathan Ripples
Gary Wilmot

Production team

Musicians

Drums/ Percussion

 

Joley Cragg

 

Violin, Guitar, Banjo, Dulcimer, Mandocello

 

Nick Pynn

 

Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Bass, Synthesiser

 

Ross Hughes

 

Keyboards/ Accordion

 

Tarek Merchant

 

 

 

Illustration by David Tazzyman

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