The musical will make its debut at The Lowry in Salford on the 14th December 2022.

This new musical based on L.Frank Baum’s classic story is set to feature music and lyrics from Andy Collyer and will be directed by Kate Golledge.

Abandoned as a baby in the magical Forest of Burzee, he is gifted to Necile, a wood nymph, who showers him with love and names him Claus.  With a helping hand from the mystical inhabitants of the forest – Fairies, Knooks and Ryls – she teaches him that kindness is the most important lesson of all, a gift that Claus eventually shares with us, as he embarks on a journey to bring the miracle of Christmas to the whole world.

Adapted for the stage by Simon Warne, the musical is being produced by Aria Entertainment and Eilene Davidson Productions.

Talking about the news, Katy Lipson said: “Claus is such a special and important piece to me. It’s a piece that reminds me of my fondest memories of seeing a musical for the first time. When I first heard this score by Andy Collyer it inspired me to form my company Aria Entertainment so that I could one day produce it. I am therefore thrilled to finally be bringing this beautiful story to the stage in my hometown of Salford in partnership with Eilene Davidson productions.”

Further casting and creative team for this world premiere production has yet to be announced.

Eilene Davidson said: “I’m delighted to be bringing to the stage this beautiful Christmas tale evoking magical childhood memories. I can’t wait to thrill a new generation with this spellbinding children’s musical written by L. Frank Baum who also brought the world the universally adored The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. “

Claus: The Musical will play at The Lowry from the 14th December 2022 until the 8th January 2023