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Alex Mecklosky
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December 12, 2023 11:00 AM

We are already campaigning for the Frank Jr’s from Merrily We Roll Along to alternate as Paddington. Marking the 65th anniversary of the publication of the first Paddington book, today it was announced that there is development of a Paddington: The Musical (working title).

Paddington: The Musical will be adapted from the much-loved books written by Michael Bond, and the award-winning films by StudioCanal and Heyday Films. With music and lyrics by founding member of McFly, Tom Fletcher, book by Jessica Swale and direction by Luke Sheppard, the musical is currently undergoing a period of development and workshops. The plan is to premiere the production in the UK in 2025.

 "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 and ensure that his adventures, created by Michael Bond over 60 years ago, continue to charm audiences in such a new and innovative way." said StudioCanal CEO Anna Marsh

Michael Bond’s first book A Bear Called Paddington was published on October 13th 1958 by William Collins & Sons (now Harper Collins). Since its first publication, the Paddington Books series have sold more than thirty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty different languages.

Paddington has been adapted for television several times – first by the BBC in 1976, voiced by Michael Hordern; and most recently adapted by StudioCanal. Paddington has enjoyed two successful big-screen outings, both by StudioCanal and Heyday Films – Paddington released in 2014, and Paddington 2 in 2017, enjoying critical and commercial acclaim and being nominated for multiple BAFTAs. It was recently announced that the third film in the series, Paddington in Peru, will be released on November 8th 2024. 

Further details including full creative team, casting and dates to be announced at a later stage.

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Alex Mecklosky

As a native New Yorker, Alex has always loved everything involving theatre. With a degree in Theatre and New Media from Marymount Manhattan College, Alex realized that, since he was not talented enough to be on Broadway, the next best thing would be to write about it!