by Luke Bateman & Richy Hughes

Following the 2015 BOOK Music & Lyrics showcase, producer Kenny Wax commissioned Richy and Luke to write songs for his new show, Mr Popper's Penguins


The show is adapted from the American children's classic book of the same name by Florence and Richard Attwater, made into a 2014 movie starring Jim Carey .

It follows the story of Mr Popper, a painter and decorator by trade, who dreams of escaping his suburban existence in Stillwater and becoming a renowned World explorer.


Above all he longs to see the frozen wilderness of Antarctica. His dream literally turns up on his doorstep one day when he is sent a packing crate direct from the South Pole containing a real-life walking-squawking penguin.  


Soon the single bird becomes an entire rookery of penguins and The Popper's  humble home on Proudfoot Avenue is transformed into a penguins playground.  With a dozen black and white heads to feed, Mr and Mrs Popper hatch a plan to train their penguins and tour them on the vaudeville circuit.  They become a global sensation, playing on Broadway and across the world.  At the height of their success Mr  and Mrs Popper have to choose which is of greater importance - their own happiness or that of their penguins family.

Mr Popper's Penguins is an hour-long family musical packed with colour, puppetry, humour and heart.


Following a successful Christmas tour and run at The Lowry in Manchester in 2015 it was picked to play at The New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street, NYC throughout October 2016 before returning to London's West End for Christmas.


The show returns to the USA this year.  More information can be found at

★★★★★ 'Magical' - The Reviews Hub


★★★★ 'Composers Luke Bateman and Richy Hughes succeed in turning the story into a musical, with a string of witty 1950s-influenced songs adding extra theatrical magic to an increasingly zany narrative that celebrates the triumph of imagination over conformity.' - The Stage


★★★★ 'Composer Luke Bateman and lyricist Richy Hughes give each number a sunny Sherman Brothers-esque bounce, but, like the Shermans, they are also adept at plucking the heartstrings, as in the touching ‘I’m Still Here’.' - Musical Theatre Review


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