Alban Arena is bearing up

DIRECT from its summer success in London s West End, We re Going On A Bear Hunt comes to the Alban Arena next Monday and Tuesday (October 26 and27). A fun-filled adaptation of Michael Rosen s much-loved story, it is full of catchy songs, interactive scene

DIRECT from its summer success in London's West End, We're Going On A Bear Hunt comes to the Alban Arena next Monday and Tuesday (October 26 and27).

A fun-filled adaptation of Michael Rosen's much-loved story, it is full of catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure - plus a few special surprises.

With Sally Cookson's direction and Benji Bower's quirky, versatile score, the story follows a family's excitement as they wade, splash and squelch through a variety of imaginative environments in search of a bear.

Cookson describes the production as a "celebration of play", deciding with set designer Katie Sykes that the show should utilise a host of everyday objects and materials in order to draw young audiences into this thrilling, imaginary world.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2009, and has been praised for its ability to engage and entertain young children of all learning abilities.

There are four shows in all with Monday's starting at 1.30pm and 3.30pm and Tuesday's at 10.30am and 1.30pm. All tickets are �10 and are available from the box office on 01727 844488.

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l Cinema comes to the Arena on Wednesday with The Time Traveller's Wife. Directed by Robert Schwentke, better known for his action thriller Flight Plan, it is an adaptation of the best seller by Audrey Niffenegger.

Henry (Eric Bana) is a librarian in Chicago, but he has a secret - he can time travel. Cursed with a genetic anomaly which causes him to exist on a shifting time line, resulting in him disappearing for long periods of time. Henry is in love with the beautiful Clare (Rachel McAdams) who believes they are destined to be together, even though she is never sure when they will be parted. A beautiful story of romance which will capture the heart of every audience.

Showing at 1.30pm & 7.30pm, tickets are �4 from the box office.

l You can experience the energy, excitement and emotion of Motown in Ivor Novello Award winning director Keith Strachan's production of the hit show Dancing in the Streets, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday (October 29-31).

After wowing the audiences all over the UK and London's West End, Flying Music is bringing the show to the Alban Arena. The Dancing in the Streets Company will re-create the energy, style and music of the stars of the Motown stable, taking you through the Motown repertoire, with classic hits including I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Baby Love, My Girl and Tracks of My Tears.

Performances start at 7.30pm with tickets, available from the box office priced at �24.50 or �21.50. There is also a matinee show on the Saturday starting at 4pm, priced at �19.50 or �17.50.

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