A new UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle, with book, music and lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse will set sail next year. Featuring stunning visual puppetry, this new production, with the book reworked by Leslie Bricusse, will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison and will feature the same songs, including the Academy Award-winning Talk To The Animals. Casting to be announced.
Eccentric Doctor Dolittle embarks on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail that holds the secret of life and makes the world a happier place. Helped by his human companions and an exotic menagerie of animal friends, including the Pushmi-Pullyu and trusty sidekick Polynesia the parrot, the larger-than-life Doctor Dolittle teaches us not only to talk to the animals but to listen to them as well!
Leslie Bricusse has written the book, music and/or lyrics for more than 40 musical films and plays. Stage musicals include Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, Pickwick, Harvey, Goodbye, Mr Chips, Scrooge and Victor/Victoria, while films (songs and/or screenplays) include Scrooge, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Goodbye, Mr Chips, Superman, Victor/Victoria, Home Alone 1 & 2, Hook, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, The Last Emperor and various Pink Panthers. His songs include What Kind of Fool Am I?, My Old Man’s A Dustman, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, On A Wonderful Day Like Today, The Candy Man and Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-Dee-Doo. As well as winning two Oscars, he has won a Grammy and eight Ivor Novello Awards.
The new stage production of Doctor Dolittle will be directed by Christopher Renshaw (Le Grand Mort, Zorro, Taboo, We Will Rock You, The King and I), with design by Tom Piper (Associate Designer at the RSC from 2004 to 2014, and designed the installation for the Tower of London poppies installation and subsequent tours – original concept and Poppies by Paul Cummins), and musical supervision by Mike Dixon (most recent theatre includes Mrs Henderson Presents, Oh What A Lovely War, Bodyguard, Taboo, Hair, Zorro, Never Forget and We Will Rock You).
9 – 24 November 2018 Churchill Theatre Bromley
11 December – 5 January 2019 The Lowry Salford
29 January – 9 February Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
12 – 23 February Newcastle Theatre Royal
26 February – 9 March Hull New Theatre
12 – 23 March His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
26 March – 6 April Royal & Derngate Northampton
9 – 20 April Nottingham Theatre Royal
23 April – 4 May Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
14 – 25 May Festival Theatre Edinburgh
28 May – 8 June Alhambra Theatre Bradford
11 – 22 June Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
9 – 20 July The Marlowe, Canterbury
6 – 17 August Wales Millennium Centre
20 – 31 August Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
3 – 14 September Blackpool Winter Gardens
22 October – 2 November Birmingham Hippodrome
Further venues to be announced.