19th Oct, 2018

Review: We're All Going On A Bear Hunt at Warwick Arts Centre

Editorial Correspondent 22nd Dec, 2017 Updated: 22nd Dec, 2017

YOU KNOW a story is a national treasure when it gets its own Christmas Day animated make-over.

And Michael Rosen’s magical We’re Going on a Bear Hunt cemented its status when it took to our television screens last

December 25.

So when Warwick Arts Centre announced Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation was coming to town this Christmas season –

there was no way we weren’t going to battle storms, caves, rivers and swishy grass to see it.

And we weren’t disappointed.

Direct from a smash-hit West End season and international tour, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was fabulous family fun from beginning to end.

Imaginatively telling the story through audience interaction, creative props, great acting and a stunning performance by the

musical dog – who single-pawed provided stunning musical accompaniment throughout – Warwick Arts Centre once again

delivered a magical festive treat, as it does every year.

And the best bits?

Snow foam falling from the roof, water pistols and wet hair – and a real bear.

Not an actual real bear, but a man, or woman, in a big, furry bear costume.

That may not sound much – but so often theatre companies choose to depict the key character with a shadow, a small toy

or an interpretation.

No, this was a bear – and he was great.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt runs until January 7 at Warwick Arts Centre’s temporary Goose Nest studio attached to the

main building while it undergoes a makeover.

All the usual facilities remain open.

Tickets, costing £15 (£13 concessions) are available at: www.warwickartscentre.co.uk or via the Box Office on 02476 524 524.

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