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Tom Giles

Tom has just finished in Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear at the National Theatre.

Who likes bears? Everyone likes bears! Well, not quite everyone… Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals and fun of any kind – so when a big bear called Padlock strolls into town, trouble can’t be far off. Can nine-year-old Polly and her band of misfit friends help Padlock escape the villain’s evil clutches? Or will Mr Gum and his gruesome butcher sidekick prevail?

Based on the hilariously anarchic, award-winning children’s books, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical! promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing, occasionally-burping extravaganza for children and adults alike. Author Andy Stanton creates the book and lyrics, with music by Jim Fortune (Pericles).

Full of outlandish characters and joyful, utterly idiotic songs, this production is definitely not your average family fare.

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