Based on the book by Raymond Briggs

Adapted for the stage by Pins and Needles Productions


Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear's lap?

Or ride on its back?

Have you ever tried to give a bear a bath?

Or clear up its poo?!

Looking after a bear is exhausting stuff.


One night when she's fast asleep, an enormous snowy white bear climbs into Tilly's bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared.


With dazzling puppetry, delicious music, dreamy storytelling, and dozens of laughs, 'The Bear' is an unforgettable experience for the whole family and a perfect introduction to theatre for little people.


Co-Directed by Emma Earle and Hal Chambers

Associate Direction by Caroline Lang

Designed by Zoe Squire

Puppet Direction by Finn Caldwell

Associate puppet direction by Su Nixon

Composed by Lucy Rivers

Puppets by Sam Wyer

Lighting by Tom White

Producer Lee Rayner

Sound design by Liam McDermott &

Jon Everett


Dan Gingell

Naomi Stafford

Su Nixon


Abby Wain (Tilly)

Elena Stephenson (Mum)

John Winchester (Dad)


"Move over War Horse, this polar puppet is magic" The Guardian

"The delightful notion of a polar bear about the house is beautifully explored in this witty, inventive production" ★★★★ The Stage


For booking enquiries, please contact us on

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