Disney’s 1971 live-action-animated musical, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, is getting a stage adaptation and the casting has just been finalized!
According to Playbill, it will make its reported world premiere on August 14 at Newcastle Theatre Royale prior to a U.K. tour which will include a 5-week holiday season at the Leeds Grand Theatre.
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In the 1971 version, the Mary Poppins songwriters, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, provided the score but for the upcoming stage adaptation, Neil Bartram is contributing new music and additional lyrics with a book by Brian Hill.
As far as directors go, the stage adaptation has decided to go with Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison.
Playbill also reports that the casting has been finalized and the upcoming Bedknobs and Broomsticks stage adaptation will include:
Dianne Pilkington (Wicked, Young Frankenstein) will play Price opposite Charles Brunton (Matilda, Love Never Dies) as Emelius Browne.
The two actors will be joined by Mark Anderson, Jessica Aubrey, Georgie Buckland, Kayla Carter, Jonathan Cobb, Jacqui Dubois, Matthew Elliot-Campbell, Sam Lupton, Rob Madge, Vinnie Monachello, Nathaniel Morrison, Conor O’Hara, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Robin Simoes Da Silva, Emma Thornett, and Susannah Van Den Berg.
The Rawlins children will be played by Dexter Barry, Izabella Bucknell, Haydn Court, Poppy Houghton, Evie Lightman, and Aidan Oti.
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is produced by Michael Harrison by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions. For tickets, visit BedKnobsOnstage.com.
When young Charlie, Carrie and Paul move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price, is an apprentice witch! Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated Isle of Naboombu to find a powerful spell that will save England!
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