Three Bears Productions Ltd specialises in providing spectacular pantomime to UK theatre. We have our own scenic workshops where we create bespoke sets for all our productions and our own in house wardrobe department with over 5000 costumes.
Chris Moreno has produced and directed many theatre productions both in Great Britain and throughout the world, with frequent visits to Australia, Canada and the USA. In London, he produced Animal Crackers at the Lyric, was Associate Producer on the hit musical Buddy for 15 years at the Strand Theatre, I do I do with Rock Hudson and Juliette Prowse at The Phoenix Theatre, Ross with Simon Ward at the Old Vic, Jolson with Brian Conley and Annie the Musical, both at the Victoria Palace. He co-produced the massive hit Run For Your Wife which ran in London for 14 years.
World premieres include The Great Gatsby, The Cemetry Club, Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench, There’s No Place Like a Home, Teen Scream, Phantom of the P'Opera, The Darling Buds of May and Sin and Salvation.
His national UK tours include Annie the Musical for 11 successive years, Crazy For You, and Hello Dolly! starring Anita Dobson for a year long National tour. Other tours include Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera, Double Double with Susanna York and Robert Powell, Speed-the-Plow with David Soul and Michael Brandon, Rock Hard with Alvin Stardust and many more.
Chris has produced, directed and written more than 120 pantomimes and Chrismans productions, he co- produced White Christmas in Southampton, Dublin and Liverpool and a new musical of Peter Pan in Dublin and Southampton.
Away from straight theatre, Chris has produced many artists in concert, including: Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, Aled Jones, Hayley Westenra , McFly, The Sugababes, The Feeling, Girls Aloud, Jane McDonald, Leo Sayer, Alvin Stardust, Status Quo and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Chris has owned and run three theatres – The Grand Opera House in York, The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham and The Theatre Royal in Lincoln.
In 2012 he co-produced Annie The Musical in Hong Kong and Singapore, White Christmas at The Lowry Manchester and Aladdin starring Lilly Savage [by kind permission of Paul O’Grady] at The O2 in London and Santa Claus The Musical at the Grand Theatre, Singapore.
In the autumn of 2014 he presented Annie The Musical starring Su Pollard in New Zealand which proved to be a sell out tour over 12 weeks.
Last year his scenic workshops built sets and effects for Cinderella at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham – billed as the worlds biggest pantomime. Gaslight for Toronto, Canada, Dirty Dancing for China, a national tour of a new musical starring David Hasselhoff and the special flying effects for the hit West End musical Elf at The Dominion Theatre.
Russ has been working in the entertainment industry professionally for over 20 years,
since 2016 he has been Resident Director on the West End, UK & European tours of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage. Russ has worked extensively in theatre, television and corporate entertainment, most recently on company managing Sting's new musical The Last Ship, UK Tour and Toronto and Bob Dylan's Girl From The North Country also in Toronto. As a director Russ’ credits include UK & European tours of the pop musical The Heat Is On! , the UK tour of comedy musical The Duelling Piano Men, also numerous pantomimes.
Trained at Laine Theatre Arts, performance credits nclude Nine (Original West End Cast) with Jonathan Pryce, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour) playing ‘The Child Catcher’ with Craig McLachlan. Dave Simpson’s The eXtra Factor (UK Tour) where he created the role of ‘Ricky St Clair’ and Santa Claus The Musical (Alexandra Theatre Birmingham) playing ‘Joe’. Russ was also lead vocalist in Rock Legends with the The New Zealand & Hawaii Symphony Orchestras (World Tour). Other credits include Wayne Sleep’s Explosive Dance and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Birthday Celebration (Royal Albert Hall).
In the music industry Russ and his pop group Scooch represented the UK at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Finland. He wrote the song ‘Flying The Flag (For You)’, signed to Warner Bros and stormed the charts reaching No.5 in the UK. Originally formed in 1999 Scooch signed to EMI and gained 4 other Top 20 hits including the Top 5 single ‘More Than I Needed to Know’ all culminating in the album ‘Four Sure’. Worldwide Scooch scored No.1 singles in Japan and Australia.
Russ has a long loved association with pantomime going back 30 years, having appeared in his first production aged just 7. He has now worked as a creative or on stage every Christmas since!
December 2016 marked the 40th year of Stuart’s career in show business - his first role playing ‘Tiny Tim' in Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Even at such a tender age Stuart quickly realised that this was what he wanted to do and spent his formative years heavily involved in amateur dramatics in his home town, Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Keen to improve his skills, and prepare himself properly for his chosen career, Stuart gained a 3 year scholarship at Mountview Theatre School, London. During his time there Stuart auditioned for, and got the part of "Biff Fowler" on ITV’s Emmerdale. A role which he played for nearly 6 years.
At the point of turning 30, and with his first child about to be born, Stuart made the decision to move on. Television had played a massive part in his career, but his real passion lay in theatre. Several seasons at the prestigious Hull Truck Theatre Company, more television and radio work later, Stuart decided it was time to move on once more - this time to pursue his growing interest in directing. Notably this allowed more time at home as his second child had been born and his first was growing up fast!
Realising that life is so much more than just about work, Stuart took a long break, 10 years from the business as a performer. During that time, he raised his children, directed more, and travelled extensively through Europe, India and the Americas. He learned to scuba dive, waterski, race motorbikes, play golf and studied psychology. Though not at the same time!
Now the next chapter, as producer. With over a hundred different shows to his name, in front of and behind the camera and on and off stage, Stuart has now found a way to pass on his experience and at the same time still continue to be creative.