Disney’s 'Winnie the Pooh' musical adaptation to open in London in 2023

Riverside Studios will transform into the Hundred Acre Wood.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

After Disney’s Winnie the Pooh was confirmed to open in London, West End audiences can now look forward to visiting the Hundred Acre Wood. As part of the show’s nationwide tour, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh is at Riverside Studios, with previews from 17 March ahead of an official opening on 26 March, and performances to 21 May.

Set in the Hundred Acre Wood, join Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, Rabbit and Owl as they go on new adventures. In a New York Theatre Guide review of Winnie the Pooh, a critic said: “It was only a matter of time before Disney gave Pooh the same theatrical translation as its other intellectual properties. Happily, with Winnie the Pooh, Disney has finally committed itself to theatre for all; whether they are children, people living with stimulation limitations, or individuals simply desiring a joyful time.”

Jake Bazel will portray Winnie the Pooh. He previously played the role in New York, and has also worked extensively with Sesame Street, and Paddington.

The Winnie the Pooh musical is based on A. A. Milne’s short stories, and also uses songs by the Sherman Brothers, including “The Blustery Day,” “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers2 and “Whoop-De-Dooper Bounce.” Jonathan Rockefeller develops and presents the show, and Nate Edmondson provides an original score.

Disney's Winnie the Pooh: The Musical is at Riverside Studios.

Photo credit: Winnie the Pooh: The Musical (Photo courtesy of production)

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