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Beatrix Potter's creations brought to life on stage

Peter Rabbit Photo: ITV Border

The tales of Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddleduck have been told at firesides and bedsides for over a hundred years, and now they're being sung on stage.

You can see 'Where is Peter Rabbit' the musical at the Old Laundry Theatre, which is part of the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere.

It's all part of this year's celebrations of Beatrix Potter's 150th birthday.

Mr Tod and Tommy Brock Credit: ITV Border

There are about 14 characters all together. We tell five of the stories and we try to make a complete story out of the five stories in that there's a misunderstanding between Jemima Puddleduck and Beatrix Potter and Jemima flies over the Lake District looking for Peter Rabbit and alights on five of the stories.

– Roger Glossop, Director, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
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The puppets have all been made specially for the show. The actors have to play the part while also manipulating the puppets, which are quite heavy, making it exhausting work.

I thought you just put them on and do it but it's quite physically difficult and we're all getting quite strong I think.

– Molly Waters, Actor, 'Where is Peter Rabbit?'
Mr Tod Credit: ITV Border

Beatrix came to live in Hawkshead and has been synonymous with the Lake District ever since.

Her name and the countryside she fought to protect, setting up the National Trust to conserve the Lake District, draw millions of tourists to Cumbria every year.

Around 200,000 people visit the World of Beatrix Potter every year and it's hoped the musical will attract even more.

It can seat around 20,000 between now and September with three performances a day during the Summer holidays.