Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre presents Bear Snores On stage adaptation

Bear Snores On poster

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will present the world premiere stage adaptation of the beloved children’s book Bear Snores On this year.

Adapted by Cush Jumbo and Katy Sechiari, with music and lyrics by Harry Blake, this production marks a significant moment for the theatre as it stages its first show outside its traditional summer season.

Scheduled to run from 23 March to 21 April 2024, Bear Snores On is a family-oriented theatrical experience designed for audiences aged 4 and up. The show will be presented in a newly created indoor pop-up space within the grounds of the theatre, offering a unique setting for this enchanting tale.

Those on the cast are Ashh Blackwood (Hare), Lauren Conroy (Mouse), Ashley D Gayle (Bear/Gardener), Albert Graver (Raven/Wren) and Annabel Marlow (Badger).

A winter frost covers the trees of Regent’s Park, a snow storm is brewing and a tiny Mouse is looking for somewhere warm and safe to hide…a nearby cave could hold the answer but what else does it hold? Something big and brown and fluffy?

Grab your backpack and join Mouse on a magical theatrical journey as she finds fun, courage and a whole bunch of new animal friends.

The creative team behind this adaptation includes Harry Blake as Musical Director, Rebecca Brower handling Set & Costume Design, Joshie Harriette as Lighting Designer, Lotte Hines as Casting Director, Maia Kirkman-Richards as Puppet Designer & Director, Ebony Molina as Movement Director, Luke Swaffield as Sound Designer, and the co-directors Cush Jumbo and Katy Sechiari.

Cush Jumbo, Adaptor and Co-Director, said: “I am so thrilled to be bringing one of my favourite children’s books to life in the magical Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. This show is a theatrical experience made for all to enjoy and we hope that adults will enjoy it just as much (maybe more shh!) as their kids will.”

Tim Sheader, Artistic Director and James Pidgeon, Executive Director, added: “Cush, Katy and Harry’s wonderful adaptation of Bear Snores On continues our commitment to creating exceptional, enriching and unexpected theatre for young people and their families; we could not be more delighted to be staging the piece at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre next spring. This project also marks a significant organisational moment for us, as it is the first time in our 91-year history that we will be producing a live theatre experience at the Open Air Theatre outside of our May – September summer season. We cannot wait for you to join us.”

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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.


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