NEWS: World Premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Take Place at the Southwark Playhouse

The new British musical will run at the theatre from the 9th January until the 13th February.

Written by musical theatre writers Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a new musical based on the poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which also inspired the Dukas symphony that memorably featured in the Disney film ‘Fantasia’.

Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity. To rescue Midgard from certain destruction, father and daughter must heal their relationship and work together. This gripping family-friendly story sees brooms coming to life and love blossoming anew.

Directed by Charlotte Westenra, the production is set to star: Nicola Blackman, Dawn Hope, Mary Moore, Marc Pickering, Yazdan Qafouri, David Thaxton. The ensemble will include: Tom Bales, Ryan Pidgen, Vicki Lee Taylor and Kayleigh Thadani.

The creative team for the production includes: Musical Director Alan Williams, Choreographer Steven Harris, Puppetry Director Scarlet Wilderink, Set and Costume Designer Anna Kelsey, Lighting Designer Clancy Flynn, Sound Designer Ella Wahlstrom and Puppetry Designer Maia Kirman-Richards.

Talking about the production producer James Seabright commented, “I commissioned this musical five years ago, and have loved developing it since then through a series of workshops and a West End concert presentation of an earlier version in 2017, which led to the invitation from Southwark Playhouse to premiere the show at their venue in early 2021. I have decided to press ahead with these plans despite the challenges presented by doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic, as I think this magical story of renewal and the importance of family is especially timely. I have been inspired by the determination and resolve of our cast, creative team and everyone at the venue to make this possible whilst maintaining the highest safety standards for audiences and everyone on and off stage. I am also indebted to Arts Council England for a grant in support of making this possible on a socially distanced capacity of just 110 seats.”

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