Inside the Rehearsals of….The SpongeBob Musical

The UK premiere of the musical is set to open at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on the 5th April.

(c)Stuart Glover and Barry Martin

Rehearsal images have now been released ahead of the UK premiere of The SpongeBob musical, which is embarking on a UK tour starting next month. The musical, directed by Tara Overfield Wilkinson is based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg.

Following its run at the Mayflower Theatre, the musical will then visit: Birmingham, Bradford, Oxford, Dublin, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Blackpool, Peterborough, Wolverhampton, Norwich, Leicester, Aberdeen ahead of spending five weeks over the summer at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall prior to visiting Plymouth.

(c)Stuart Glover and Barry Martin

The cast is led by Lewis Cornay as SpongeBob, with Gareth Gates starring (at certain venues) as Squidward and  Divina de Campo as Sheldon J. Plankton. They are joined in the production by Irfan Damani  as Patrick, Chrissie Bhima  as Sandy, Richard J Hunt as Mr Krabs, Sarah Freer  as Pearl, Eloise Davies as Mrs Puff, Hannah Lowther  as Karen and Rebecca Lisewski  as Mayor, Sam Beveridge, Jeremiah Olaleye, Eleanor Turiansky, Rhys Batten  and Reece Kerridge.

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and became the hottest star on Broadway? SpongeBob SquarePants! Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show!

When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world!

(c)Stuart Glover and Barry Martin

The musical features a book by Kyle Jarrow as well featuring original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I. and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Additional music by Tom Kitt. Musical production conceived by Tina Landau.

(c) Stuart Glover and Barry Martin

Meanwhile, the creative team behind this UK premiere includes: choreography by Fabian Aloise, designs by Steve Howell, musical supervisor Mark Crossland, musical director Marcus Carter-Adams , costume designer Sarah Mercade,  lighting and video designer Ben Bull, sound designer Ben Harrison, costume and wig supervisor Megan Rarity, associate choreographer Paris Green and casting director Harry Blumenau.

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