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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 £30)

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

Family workshops will also accompany this show - details to be confirmed



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

Ticket prices

All performances
*£45, £35, £30, £20, £15
Ways to save
Previews 25 - 30 July

*£40, £30 – £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


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets are available for £20 or less.

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