June 23, 2024

Britain’s most beloved bear, Paddington, is set to take the stage in an upcoming musical adaptation.

“Paddington: The Musical” (working title) is now in development from Sonia Friedman Productions, Studiocanal and Eliza Lumley Productions on behalf of Universal Music U.K. The musical is being adapted from Michael Bond’s iconic books, as well as the award-winning film series produced by Studiocanal and Heyday Films.

McFly’s Tom Fletcher is penning music and lyrics, with Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale (“Nell Gwynn,” “Blue Stockings”) writing the script. Luke Sheppard (“& Juliet,” “The Little Big Things”) is set to direct. Workshops are currently taking place, and the plan is to premiere the show in the U.K. in 2025.

“It is a privilege to be creating a new musical about this gorgeous and beloved little bear with such a wonderful team,” Friedman and Lumley said in a statement. “The magic of Paddington is that, through his wide-eyed innocence, he sees the very best in humanity, reminding us that love and kindness can triumph if we open our hearts and minds to one another. We cannot wait to bring Paddington, his antics, adventures and mishaps with the Brown family, and Michael Bond’s other treasured characters to the stage. We hope to inspire audiences of all ages with fun, beauty, joy, and all that Paddington stands for.”

Added Ann Marsh, CEO of Studiocanal, “We could not be more delighted to see our beloved Paddington take to the stage shepherded by a talented and visionary team in Sonia and Eliza. They have opened their hearts to show a deep understanding and passion for Paddington that will no doubt transpire on stage and ensure that his adventures, created by Michael Bond over 60 years ago, continue to charm audiences in such a new and innovative way.”

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