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School bookings open now! Public tickets will be on sale in September, with a presale for mailing list subscribers. You can sign up here 


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. So come join Tilly and her great big white friend on a wild and magical adventure.

Based on Raymond Briggs’ book The Bear c.1994 published by Puffin Books.

Licensed by the Raymond Briggs Estate c/o The Agency (London) Ltd 

Photos by Paul Blakemore.


“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


Early bird tickets available when booked before Wednesday 31 July.  

Student tickets are available at £12.00 when booked as a school group. One free teacher ticket for every nine students booked.

Contact box office on 0161 912 5616 for more information or to make a booking.

School shows are on the following dates: 

Mon 2 Dec 10:30, 13:30
Tue 3 Dec 10:30, 13:30
Wed 4 Dec 10:30, 13:30
Mon 9 Dec 10:30, 13:30*
Tue 10 Dec 10:30,13:30
Wed 11 Dec 10:30,13:30
Thu 12 Dec 10:30,13:30
Mon 16 Dec 10:30,13:30
Tue 17 Dec 10:30,13:30
Wed 18 Dec 10:30, 13:30
Thu 19 Dec 10:30, 13:30

*Mon 9 Dec at 13:30 is a relaxed performance


Sun 1st Dec - Sun 29 Dec

55 minutes, no interval


3 - 11 years 




-          Public tickets on sale Sept 2024, with a presale for mailing list subscribers