News: Bear Snores On to premiere at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre today announce the world premiere stage adaptation of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman’s Bear Snores On, with book by Cush Jumbo and Katy Sechiari, and music & lyrics by Harry Blake.  

The production, directed by Cush Jumbo and Katy Sechiari, runs from 23 March – 21 April 2024, marking Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s first production at the venue outside of its summer season. Bear Snores On invites audiences of 4+ and their families to travel from the theatre lawn to a new and specially created indoor pop up space within the theatre grounds.

Cush JumboAdaptor and Co-Director, said today, “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, also commented “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.”

Bear Snores On tickets go on sale to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre members today, Thursday 23 November 2023 at 11am; public booking opens on Tuesday 28 November 2023 at 10am.

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Book by Cush Jumbo and Katy Sechiari

Music & Lyrics by Harry Blake
Based on the book by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Creatives include: Harry Blake (Musical Director), Rebecca Brower (Set & Costume Designer), Joshie Harriette (Lighting Designer), Lotte Hines (Casting Director), Cush Jumbo (Co-Director), Maia Kirkman-Richards (Puppet Designer & Director), Ebony Molina (Movement Director), Katy Sechiari (Co-Director) and Luke Swaffield (Sound Designer)

23 March – 21 April 2024

‘In a cave, in the woods in his deep, 
dark lair, through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.

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.

With book by Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, Bush Theatre, London and Public Theatre, New York) and Katy Sechiari (Sweeney Todd, The BRIT School) and music & lyrics by Harry Blake (The Tempest reimagined for everyone aged six and over, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Bear Snores On is inspired by the beloved picture book, for anyone aged 4+ with a sense of adventure. 

In spring 2024, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will emerge early from our annual hibernation for Bear Snores On. This new theatrical experience for families will travel from the theatre lawn to an indoor pop up space within the theatre grounds.

Presented in association with Cush Jumbo


23 March – 21 April 2024, various times

Access performances:
Relaxed: Saturday 6 April, 2pm and Thursday 11 April, 11am
BSL Interpreted: Tuesday 16 April, 1pm
Age Recommend: 4+
Tickets: Adults £16.50 Child £14.50

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