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By • West End

Children's show We're Going on a Bear Hunt will run in the daytime slot at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 3 July to 1 September 2013.

The show, which returns to the West End following an international tour, promises "music, laughter, songs, rhythms, rhymes and repetitions; with puppetry, paints, water and mud, not to mention a bear."

Sally Cookson's production, which features a score by Benji Bower, is adapted from Michael Rosen and illustrator Helen Oxenbury's popular picture book.

Rosen, a former Children's Laureate, said: "This production of We're Going on a Bear Hunt takes everyone on the journey - not under, not over, oh no - through it! - in a funny, exuberant and loving way. It's a show full of laughter, music, silliness and thrills that I promise you will excite and delight all young children."

The cast are: Dad - Duncan Foster (who created the character and has been playing it since the show began); Daughter - Rowena Lennon (The Railway Children); Son - Gareth Warren (Birmingham Stage Company's Danny the Champion of the World); Dog/Musician - Ben Harrison (Illyria Theatre Company's The Mowgli Stories) and newcomer Gavin Swift.

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