Paddington musical adaptation set for the stage in 2025 by McFly's Tom Fletcher

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13 Dec 2023, 13:01


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The world of Paddington is coming to a stage near you soon. The beloved bear is having a musical written about him, with McFly's Tom Fletcher behind the music and lyrics.

Adapted from Michael Bond's classic books, the work in progress is set to land in 2025 and will follow on from the third film, Paddington in Peru, next year, with the voice of Ben Whishaw.

Producers said it was a "privilege to be creating a new musical about this gorgeous and beloved little bear".

Producers Sonia Friedman and Eliza Lumley said they hoped it would 'inspire audiences of all ages with fun, beauty, joy, and all that Paddington stands for'.

They said in a joint 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.


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"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."

CEO of Studio Canal, Anna Marsh, said: "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."

McFly singer and children's author Fletcher is taking the music lead, while the production will be written by award-winner Jessica Swale and directed by Luke Sheppard.