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Paddington to Take the Stage at Heritage Center in Fun-filled Slapstick Comedy

By University Relations Staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The beloved, award-winning stage show Paddington Gets in a Jam, a Jonathan Rockefeller Production produced by Bear About the House, LLC, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2023, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque. The performance is part of the 10th annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.

WHAT: Paddington Gets in a Jam, a Jonathan Rockefeller Production produced by Bear About the House, LLC
WHEN: 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2023
WHERE: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

- Public: $21 to $30
- UD Affiliates (UD Faculty and Staff, UD Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military/Veterans, Groups of 10 or More): $16 to $25
- UD Students: First ticket $5; additional tickets $16 to $25
- Children: $16
- Lap (3 and under): $5
Ticket prices increase by $5 at midnight the day of the event.

For over 60 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has delighted children and families all over the world with his stories about Paddington. Watch the famous, accident-prone bear as he takes to the stage in this fun-filled slapstick comedy.

Paddington is making his favorite marmalade jam with the help of the Brown's housekeeper Mrs. Bird, but they run out of sugar, so Paddington heads next door to borrow some from Mr. Curry. The usually grumpy Mr. Curry is even more short tempered than ever as he prepares for a visit from his great aunt who is a stickler for tidiness. Feeling sorry for Mr. Curry, Paddington volunteers to help him with his chores. Unfortunately for Paddington his good intentions end up leading to chaos, as one by one each of his jobs starts to have an unexpected outcome.

"Paddington Gets in a Jam is a great show for the whole family. Paddington is a wonderful character, always friendly, polite, and eager to be of use to others," said Jonathan Rockefeller, the show's creator and director. "If you've read the (Paddington) books or seen the movies, you know you are in for all sorts of messy, sticky, and hilarious predicaments."

Paddington Gets in a Jam is currently on tour following its New York City debut in 2019, where it was a New York Times Critic's Pick. Paddington's adventures have been adapted several times for television and twice on the big screen, with Paddington and Paddington 2, with a third film in the works. A new Paddington TV series launched on Nickelodeon in 2020.

Xtreme 107.1 FM is the exclusive radio sponsor for Paddington Gets in a Jam.

Tickets for Paddington Gets in a Jam can be purchased from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to events at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by calling 563.585.SHOW; or by visiting

New this season, H-PALS allows people to earn a point for every dollar spent. When patrons reach 200 points, they receive one free ticket (valued up to $50) for an eligible event of their choice.

Conlon Construction is the presenting sponsor of the 2022-2023 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.

Jonathan Rockefeller and Rockefeller Productions have received global acclaim for their adaptations of such iconic works as Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Paddington Bear. Rockefeller's production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, based on the books of renowned author/illustrator Eric Carle, tours in over 12 countries. Its debut run in New York City, along with New York Times Critic's Pick Paddington Gets in a Jam, both resulted in a Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance nominations. Most recently, Sesame Street The Musical debuted Off-Broadway, preceded by Disney's Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation (produced in association with Disney Theatrical Productions) which is currently on its first National Tour and will open in the West End this year.

Other projects include the award-winning short film, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, written by preeminent author/illustrator Eric Carle and the Christmas special Paddington Saves Christmas and Rockefeller Productions' Rockefeller Sports & Events division which has Pixar Putt and the Awesome LEGO Exhibition playing across the country.