CBEEBIES favourite Bing and his friends have extended their first ever UK stage show tour into 2019 and will visit The Forum at Barrow on Wednesday and Thursday, January 30/31.

Bing Live - Bing Goes to the Theatre, sees Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando learn how to tell stories in the theatre by pretending, dressing up and singing songs, brought to life through the use of magical puppetry in a new stage production, which is packed with fun, laughter and music. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make believe things don’t always go according to plan.

Bing Live is produced by Minor Entertainment and directed by Will Tuckett, guest principal character artist of the Royal Ballet, whose production of Wind in the Willows won an Olivier Award for best entertainment in 2014.

The show is adapted for the stage by Helen Eastman with costumes and puppet design by Tahra Zafar. The show has music by Alex Silverman, sound by Rich Walsh and set design by Samuel Wyer. The cast are Mia Jerome, Michael Magennis, Hayley Murray, Will Palmer, Alice De Warrenne and Nia Walsh.

Produced by Acamar Films, with Dublin-based studio Brown Bag Films, Bing has seen extraordinary success since it was launched in 2014.

Adapted for television from the original books by Ted Dewan, it celebrates the joyful, messy reality of pre-school life and finds the big stories in the little moments.

A huge ratings hit on CBeebies in the UK, Bing is the number one pre-school show on CBeebies and the BBC iPlayer. It is also the number two most requested show on the iPlayer across the entire BBC.

The series landed an International Emmy Award in the Kids’ Pre-School category in 2016, a Writer’s Guild Award and a BAFTA nomination for best pre-school series.

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