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Paddington The Musical announced with songs from Tom Fletcher

An official Paddington stage musical is in development.

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In a heartwarming tribute to a beloved children’s classic, Sonia Friedman Productions, STUDIOCANAL and Eliza Lumley Productions, in collaboration with Universal Music UK, are working on the new production.

Paddington: The Musical (working title) was announced today to mark the 65th anniversary of Michael Bond’s first Paddington book.

The musical promises to be a delightful blend of storytelling and music, with Tom Fletcher of McFly fame composing the score and providing lyrics.

The book comes from Jessica Swale, while Luke Sheppard takes the helm as director.

The musical is currently undergoing a period of development and workshops. The plan is to premiere the production in the UK in 2025, with further details including full creative team, casting and dates to be announced at a later stage.

Sonia Friedman and Eliza Lumley said: “It is a privilege to be creating a new musical about this gorgeous and beloved little bear with such a wonderful team. The magic of Paddington is that, through his wide-eyed innocence, he sees the very best in humanity, reminding us that love and kindness can triumph if we open our hearts and minds to one another.

“We cannot wait to bring Paddington, his antics, adventures and mishaps with the Brown family, and Michael Bond’s other treasured characters to the stage. We hope to inspire audiences of all ages with fun, beauty, joy, and all that Paddington stands for.”

STUDIOCANAL CEO Anna Marsh added: “We could not be more delighted to see our beloved Paddington take to the stage shepherded by a talented and visionary team in Sonia and Eliza. They have opened their hearts to show a deep understanding and passion for Paddington that will no doubt transpire on stage and ensure that his adventures, created by Michael Bond over 60 years ago, continue to charm audiences in such a new and innovative way.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.