Theatre Review: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt - Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue ✭✭✭✭✭

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Review by Philippa Stubbs

The hit children’s book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury has been brought to life on stage this summer by KW & NB ltd.

“We’re going to the West End
We’re going to see a Bear Hunt
What a beautiful play
We’re not scared.”

Sally Cookson’s hugely inventive production set to Benji Bower’s quirky musical score is a mischievous celebration of play, utilising everyday objects and materials, to capture the imagination and catapult young audience into the world of this much loved picture book.

Photo by Alastair Muir
For fifty minutes, the audience of children and their families are taken on a journey through the various parts of the story with rhymes, music and laughter, combined with inventive uses of puppetry, ‘ squelchy mud’ and water. The children really are at the centre of all parts of this production and the attention to detail in bringing this story to life is something that makes it a pure delight to watch.

Our three-year-old chaperone thoroughly enjoyed her self and was dancing and singing along to this very interactive show. A few surprises along the way were a lovely touch and were a talking point all the way home.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is not only a production that ends once you leave the theatre, but a legacy that will enrich the imagination and play of little ones for weeks to come.

‘What a beautiful day’ at the theatre it was!

5 stars ✭✭✭✭✭


WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT opens in the West End on WEDNESDAY 3 JULY and now runs through to SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2013
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

Running Time: 55 Minutes approx (no interval)
Performance Dates & Times are as follows: –
Weekdays: Wednesdays to Fridays – daily @ 11am
Weekends: Saturdays & Sundays - 2 x shows @ 10am &12pm (midday)

Additional performances (plus * = extra performances added):
Tuesday 16 July                                               @ 11am
Tuesdays from 30 July - 27 August                 @ 11am
*Thursday 8 August                                      @  2pm
*Friday 9 August                                           @  2pm
*Thursday 15 August                                    @ 2pm
*Friday 16 August                                         @ 2pm
*Wednesday 21 August                                 @ 2pm
*Friday 23 August                                         @ 2pm
Thursday 22 August                                        @  2pm
Wednesday 28 August                                    @  2pm
Thursday 29 August                                        @  2pm
Friday 30 August                                             @  2pm
* Friday 6 September                                    @11am
*Saturday 7 September                                @10am & 12pm (midday)
*Sunday 8 September                                   @10am & 12pm (midday)
Please note there is NO performance on FRIDAY 19 JULY 2013

·      Ticket Prices:
·      Standard - £14 & £16.50
       Premium - £21.50 (Premium seats include a free postergramme)
·         Family £60 (admits four)
·         SCHOOLS & GROUPS 10+: £9.50. To buy 10 tickets and get the 11th FREE – call 0844 482 9678 or email
·      Box office: 0844 412 4661 /

·      WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT plays in the daytime under THRILLER LIVE, now in its 5th year in the West End & booking to 15 Sep, 2013 - new booking period to be announced