The cast has been announced for Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks which will make its world premiere as a new stage musical this summer on a major UK and Ireland tour. Dianne Pilkington will star as Miss Eglantine Price.
The cast has been announced for Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks which will make its world premiere as a new stage musical this summer on a major UK and Ireland tour. Performances begin at Newcastle Theatre Royal on 14 August 2021 with the UK tour recently extended through to May 2022. The tour includes a five-week Christmas season at Leeds Grand Theatre.
Dianne Pilkington will star as Miss Eglantine Price, the mysterious lady that the three orphaned Rawlins children are evacuated from wartime London to live with. Her West End credits include Les Misérables, Wicked, Mamma Mia! and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.
Charles Brunton will play Emelius Browne. Charles starred in the iconic role of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda both in the West End and on Broadway. Other credits include Love Never Dies, Chess and Scrooge.
The rest of the 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.
With the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), including ‘Portobello Road’, ‘The Age Of Not Believing’, ‘The Beautiful Briny’ and new music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill, Bedknobs and Broomsticks will be brought to life by award-winning theatre-makers Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison.
Also in the creative team are associate director Omar Okai, Jamie Harrison (set and illusion design), Gabriella Slade (costume design), Sam Cox (wigs design), Simon Hale (orchestrator), Tom Murray (musical supervisor), Neil Bettles (choreographer/movement director), Gareth Fry (sound design), Simon Wilkinson (lighting design) and Gary Beestone (production manager).
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is produced by Michael Harrison by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.