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+
Please note: this production contains flashing light effects.
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. (Please note: there will be no free family activities on Saturday 17 August)
Buy the book
Discover the original novel of Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear and other books by Andy Stanton from our online shop. Every purchase supports the work of the National Theatre.
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