The production is set to have its World Premiere in Leeds over Christmas.
Casting has been confirmed for the upcoming production of Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile, which will debut at the Leeds Playhouse from 2nd December 2023 until 6th January 2024, and will then be staged at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in summer 2024.
This new musical stage adaptation of the children’s book is co-produced by The Roald Dahl Story Company, Leeds Playhouse and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. It will feature a score by Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab (who performs under the band name Sinkane), book and lyrics by Suhayla El-Bushra, and additional music and lyrics, orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tom Brady.
The enormous crocodile is weaving his way through the jungle in search of delicious little fingers and squidgy podgy knees.
Only the other jungle creatures can foil his secret plans and clever tricks, but they’re going to have to find a large amount of courage to stop this greedy brute.
The cast is set to be led by Elliotte Williams-N’Dure (Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch) in the titular role, alongside Charis Alexandra (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) as Trunky the Elephant, Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings (Dick Whittington) as Humpy Rumpy the Hippopotamus, Philippa Hogg (Peter Pan) as the Roly Poly Bird, and Robyn Sinclair (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Muggle Wump the Monkey. Casting is by Bryony Jarvis-Taylor.
The show is directed by Emily Lim who said: “We’re so excited to have assembled such an amazing team and cast to bring this joyful, hilarious story to life. We can’t wait to get in a room together to start work on all the brilliant songs, scenes and dances – and, most importantly, to figure out exactly how the Enormous Crocodile is going to get sizzled up like a sausage.”
This musical adaptation will include puppets designed by Toby Olié (who also worked on 101 Dalmatians at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), set and costumes by Fly Davis, choreography by Vicki Igbokwe-Ozoagu, lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, sound design by Tom Gibbons, musical direction by Màth Roberts, associate direction by Tash Holway, and associate puppet design and puppet supervision by Daisy Beattie and Phij Adams serves as music technologist.
To book tickets for the run in Leeds visit: https://leedsplayhouse.org.uk/event/the-enormous-crocodile/