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11th July 2018, London: Acamar Films and Minor Entertainment have announced that, due to popular demand Bing Live will be extending their first ever UK stage show tour into 2019!
Bing Live, a brand-new stage production full of laughter, music and dance, sees Bing, Sula, Pando, Coco, Amma and Flop, brought to life, by internationally acclaimed Puppet-designer Tahra Zafar, to discover the true magic of theatre for this first time. Bing Live will now play an additional 20 venues from 5th January 2019 until 28th April 2019. These newly announced dates, strengthen the existing sell-out performances across 40 venues already confirmed throughout 2018.
Bing Live premiered on 24th June 2018 at the Alban Arena in St. Albans with a Gala Performance attended by 850 people, with 250 staying for the after-show party. A number of celebrity parents brought their Bingsters along, including; writer and producer Charlie Brooker and actress and writer Konnie Huq, Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker), JB Gill (JLS, Down on the Farm), Verity Rushworth (Emmerdale), comedian Richard Herring and the British former World Cup alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott.
Dani Harmer, who attended Bing Live with her daughter, commented: “She’s not even two yet and managed to watch the whole thing and absolutely loved it from start to finish.”
Verity Rushworth, whose daughter was equally captivated by the show, said: “Mesmerised! Absolutely loved it!”
Pre-schoolers and grown-ups were thoroughly entertained by Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learnt how to tell stories in the theatre by pretending, dressing-up, dancing, and singing songs. After the show lucky Bingsters and their parents enjoyed face-painting, balloon artists and afternoon tea in the foyer.
Bing Live is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families. Going to the theatre… it’s now a Bing thing!
For further information, please contact: Lauren Rooney firstname.lastname@example.org
About Bing Live
Bing Live is produced by Minor Entertainment (In the Night Garden Live) 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 brings together a first-class creative team. Bing Live is adapted for the stage by Helen Eastman with costumes and puppet design by award-winnning Tahra Zafar. As Head of Costume, Hair and Make-up for the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies staged in London, 2012, Tahra managed the production of 23,000 costumes for all four Ceremonies. Her film projects include: Star Wars VII The Force Awakens, X Men-First Class, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Fifth Element and for television: In the Night Garden, Zingzillas and The Adventures of Abney and Teal.
The show has music by Alex Silverman, sound by Rich Walsh and set design by Samuel Wyer. The cast of Bing Live are Mia Jerome, Michael Magennis, Hayley Murray, Will Palmer, Alice De Warrenne and Nia Walsh.
NOTES TO EDITORS & LISTINGS
Bing Live Confirmed 2019 Dates
5 & 6 January – Wycombe Swan
12 & 13 January – The Lowry Theatre Salford
16 & 17 January – The Spa, Scarborough
19 & 20 January – Darlington Hippodrome
30 & 31 January – Forum Barrow
2 & 3 February – The Grand Theatre Blackpool
6 & 7 February – Marina Theatre Lowestoft
9 & 10 February – Watford Colosseum
13 & 14 February – Harlow Playhouse
16 & 17 February – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
20 & 21 February – Buxton Opera House
23 & 24 February – Tyne Theatre and Opera House
12 & 13 March – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
23 & 24 March – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
30 & 31 March – The Embassy Theatre, Skegness
3 & 4 April – The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough
10 & 11 April – Bloomsbury Theatre
13 & 14 April – Churchill Theatre Bromley
24 & 24 April – The Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot
27 & 28 April – Regent Theatre, Ipswich
Produced by Acamar Films, with Dublin-based studio Brown Bag Films, Bing has seen extraordinary success since it launched in 2014. Adapted for television from the original books by Ted Dewan, Bing celebrates the joyful, messy reality of pre-school life and finds the big stories in the little moments. A ratings hit on CBeebies in the UK, Bing is the number one top rated pre-school show on CBeebies and the BBC iPlayer. Bing is also the number two most requested show on the iPlayer across the entirety of the BBC. The series boasts an impressive voice cast including: Academy Award-winning Sir Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Wolf Hall, The BFG) as Flop; Akiya Henry (Holby City) as Amma; Pauline McLynn (Father Ted) as Gilly, and Bryony Hannah (Call the Midwife) as Padget. www.bingbunny.com
About Acamar Films:
Acamar Films is an independent production company based in London which produces, distributes, markets and licenses its international award-winning preschool animated series Bing. The company was founded in 2005 to create and produce film and television projects to “move and delight audiences worldwide”. Its Emmy-Award winning, BAFTA nominated, CEO, Mikael Shields has over 30 years’ experience and an international reputation for identifying, developing, financing and producing a wide range of hit film and television projects including Nick Park’s Oscar and BAFTA winning Wallace & Gromit, Aardman’s Rex The Runt, Candy Guard’s Pond Life, Pingu, Noddy, BAFTA winner Hilltop Hospital and Flatworld. Prior to co-founding Acamar he has held senior management positions at the BBC, EVA Entertainment, Pearson, Atom Films and Ealing Studios. Visit us at www.acamarfilms.com
About Minor Entertainment:
Minor Entertainment was founded to create spectacular live family entertainment. Its first production, In the Night Garden Live, broke the mould for pre-school theatre and has sold over one million tickets to date. Minor’s Creative Director, Andrew Collier, has over 20 years’ experience, and has been involved in bringing shows including Fimbles, LazyTown, SpongeBob SquarePants, Peppa Pig and In the Night Garden to the stage.