Cast has been announced for the highly-anticipated world premiere stage production of Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which is set to tour the UK and Ireland beginning 14 August 2021 at Newcastle Theatre Royal.
Dianne Pilkington (Only Fools and Horses the Musical, Young Frankenstein) is to lead the company as Miss Eglantine Price, alongside Charles Brunton (Matilda the Musical) as Emelius Browne.
The musical is directed by award-winning theatre-makers Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison and is set to visit venues across the country, with dates extending to May 2022, including a festive season at Leeds Grand Theatre.
Company includes 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.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is the magical world of fantasy, with original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), including “Portobello Road”, “The Age Of Not Believing” and “The Beautiful Briny”.
The musical also features new music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill.
When the three orphaned Rawlins children are reluctantly evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price, they have no idea what adventures lie ahead. Upon discovering Eglantine to be a trainee witch, they join forces to search for a secret spell that will defeat the enemy once and for all.
Armed with an enchanted bedknob, a bewitched broomstick and a magical flying bed, they encounter surprising new friendships on their journey from Portobello Road to the depths of the beautiful briny sea.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is produced by Michael Harrison by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.
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