Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Nutcracker! The Musical, which takes the classic ETA Hoffmann tale and Tchaikovsky’s soaring classical music – familiar to fans of The Nutcracker ballet – and gives them a thrilling modern twist, with enchanting new musical theatre arrangements.
Nutcracker! The Musical, with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, book and lyrics by multiple Emmy Award-winning Nancy Holson, arrangements by Bruce Kiesling and Paul Rigano, and directed by Ollie Fielding, will premiere in a four-week season at the Pleasance Theatre, London, from Tuesday 8th December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016.
The cast includes Maria Coyne (Marie), whose West End shows include Wicked (Ensemble, U/S Glinda and Nessarose), Kris Webb (Drosselmier), who played Torvald in the musical A Doll’s House, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors and Fatty Arbuckle in Thom Southerland’s Broadway Catford production of Mack and Mabel, Jamie Birkett (Mouseyrinks), who was named Best Female Performance in the Off West End Awards for Cross Purpose and has just been nominated again as Charlotte in A Little Night Music, Peter Nash (Christian Elias/The Nutcracker Prince), who played Nathan in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and Anne Marcuson (Dr Stahlbaum/Queen Wanda), who was in the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The rest of the cast are: Henry Wyrley-Birch; Leigh Rhiannon Coggins; Samuel Haughton; Meg Matthews; Annabel Edwards; Helen Reuben; Matthew Ives; Ben Stacey, Matthieu Hauret.
Nutcracker! The Musical is a story of magic, far away places, fairytale kingdoms, of love, friendship, family and most importantly imagination. This fresh new look at the original Nutcracker story will enchant audiences of all ages. Generations of children were raised on The Nutcracker ballet, but though the ballet is a classic, do you know the real story of the Nutcracker?
Teenage Marie is too old to play with dolls but there’s something intriguing about the nutcracker given to her by her old Uncle Drosselmier. He seems lost in time. Long ago in the fairytale kingdom of Chronenburg, the beautiful Princess Pirlipat has been magically disfigured by the evil Mouseyrinks, Queen of the Mice. King Wilhelm enlists the help of the mystical Royal Clockmaker to break the curse. Will a little magic and a lot of imagination be enough to discover the secret of the nutcracker and rescue the people of Chronenburg from the clutches of Mouseyrinks’ spell?
Tickets available starting from £12.00. Visit www.nutcrackerthemusical.com to purchase tickets.