TOM LISTER JOINS LOUISE DEARMAN, THOMAS MILNER AND LAUREN SAMUELS IN WATER BABIES – A NEW MUSICAL
FULL COMPANY ANNOUNCED
24 April – 17 May 2014
Press night: 6 May at 7pm
Tom Lister joins Louise Dearman, Thomas Milner and Lauren Samuels to lead the company of the brand new musical of Water Babies which has its world première at Curve this spring. They are joined by Robbie Boyle (Water Baby), Matthew Caputo (Water Baby), Georgia Carling (Water Baby), Jorell Coiffic-Kamall (Water Baby), Tom Davey (Claude), Caroline Deverill (Lady Amelia), Matthew Gent (Masterman), Andy Gray (Jock), Jeffrey Harmer (Sir John), Cristina Hoey (Water Baby), Samuel Holmes (Terrence), Rebecca Jayne-Davies (Ariadne), Sienna Kelly (Miller), Marianna Neofitou (Water Baby), Morgan Scott (Water Baby), Marcquelle Ward (Rafferty).
Directed by Ed Curtis, with music by Chris Egan, and book and lyrics by Ed Curtis and Guy Jones, this enthralling new musical, with landmark special effects, will open on 6 May, with previews from the 24 April, and run until 17 May. Cementing its reputation for staging major new musicals, Curve sets Water Babies on its journey.
Best known for his role as series regular Carl King in Emmerdale, Tom Lister makes his musical theatre debut at Curve. His other theatre credits include Ralph in Accrington Pals (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Titus/Fool in Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job (Gilded Balloon – Edinburgh), Pan in Love’s Mistress (Globe Theatre) and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Settle Festival of Theatre).
Tom, our orphaned teenage hero, is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. In a desperate attempt to escape capture he is trapped on the edge of a waterfall. His only choice is to jump. Awakening in the depths of the ocean he encounters the mysterious Mrs D, and a whole new world of enchantment, danger and adventure.
Desperate to get back to the girl he loves Tom must brave underwater challenges in a world beyond his wildest imagination. Together with the unlikeliest of friends he embarks on a quest to find a way back to land. However he soon finds it’s not just his fate he holds in his hands, but also that of the mysterious and elusive gang of Water Babies.
It’s time for Tom to face his worst fears…it’s time to believe in himself and that anything is possible.
Inspired by Charles Kingsley’s much-loved novel, this spellbinding new production uses some of the most sophisticated special effects ever seen on stage.
Enter a breathtaking underwater world of magic and adventure in this funny, touching and unforgettable new musical.
Charles Kingsley’s 1863 Victorian morality tale is a literary classic. A fantasy, which ’you should not believe a word of… even if it is true’. Producer Peter Shaw’s 1978 film The Water Babies with James Mason, Billie Whitelaw and David Tomlinson opened the story up and liberated it to a wide family audience. It was his intention for some time to reimagine it for the stage. This brand new musical whilst retaining the magic of the original story, takes it into entirely new territory, defying audience expectation.
Music by Chris Egan
Book and Lyrics by Ed Curtis and Guy Jones
Director: Ed Curtis; Set Design: Morgan Large; Choreography: Nick Winston
Costume Design: Amy Jackson; Video Design: Jack James; Lighting Design: James Whiteside
Sound Design: Richard Brooker; Musical Director: Matt Smith
Produced by Peter Shaw and Joanna Cecil for Water Babies Musical UK Limited
Executive Producer Tristan Baker
For more information or to book tickets visit www.curveonline.co.uk