Happily, Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman's award-winning children's book, Mr. Gum and the Dancing Bear, is now a musical directed by Amy Hodge, with music by Jim Fortune, making its way to the National's Dorfman Theatre this summer.
The show brings to life the hilarious story of fun-hating, child-detesting Mr. Gum, who - surprise, surprise - also doesn't love the idea of a massive bear called Padlock being around (he's as tall as 40 hamsters! he weighs as much as 19,000 grapes!) so it's up to nine-year-old Polly and her pals to save the day - and the bear.
Silly singing, dancing, hilarity - even burping - combine in what is sure to be a highlight of your summer hols. Suitable for ages 7 and up.
An hour before each 2pm performance, there will be free family activities in the foyer and there will be family workshops on certain dates as well. Watch this space.
General booking for Mr. Gum and the Dancing Bear at the National Theatre opens on Friday 3 May.
|What||Mr. Gum and the Dancing Bear, National Theatre|
|Where||National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
25 Jul 19 – 31 Aug 19, various
|Price||£15 and up|
|Website||Click here to book|