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Bear Snores On (Susan Elkin reviews)

Bear Snores On at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London until 21 April 2024.

Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This show, written and directed by Cush Jumbo and Katy Sechiari, is one of the most original and imaginative entertainments for under-sevens that I’ve seen for a long time.

We start on the picnic lawn where Ashley D Gayle as the gardener (he later reappears as the eponymous Bear) potters about with rakes and brushes while regaling his excited young audience with his hatred of animals who, among other things, steal his lunch – popping up around him to the audience’s delight.

Then Mouse (Lauren Conroy), diminutive, nimble, frightened of both man and cat and homeless, leads us across the grass and the magic starts.

Designer Rebecca Brower has excelled herself ….

Read the rest of this review at Musical Theatre Review

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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