If you were born about a decade before the millennium and were raised on Disney classics, rather than the newer fleet of animated family-favourites, you’ll probably remember the 1971 story of the Rawlins children – who were evacuated from London and forced to live with the peculiar Miss Eglantine Price (played by the fantastic Angela Lansbury).
An apprentice witch who hopes to use her powers to end World War II, the children find themselves immersed in a magical world of flying beds and enchanted bedknobs – as they, alongside a magical conman – head out on an adventure to help Miss Price on her mission.
It’s a heartwarming tale, indeed, and one that I remember fondly from my own childhood. And now, it’s finally being brought to the stage.
Coming to Sheffield, Leeds and Hull both this year and next, fans will be able to experience the story in a whole new way, with the classic Disney movie being officially adapted for the stage for the first time ever.
Kicking off on its UK premiere tour just last month, the show will land at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre between 26-30th October, before heading to a string of other cities and stopping at Leeds Grand Theatre between 8th December and 9th January.
In the new year, East Yorkshire dwellers will finally get their chance to be mesmerised by the show, too, heading to Hull New Theatre between 12th-16th April.
The brand new stage show stars Northern-born West End actress Dianne Pilkington, who’s previously starred in Wicked, Cats, Mamma Mia! and Les Misérables in some of London’s most famous theatres.
Check out the full list of locations below:
- Norwich Theatre Royal – September 28th – October 3rd
- Nottingham Theatre Royal – October 6th – October 10th
- Eastbourne Congress Theatre – October 13th – October 17th
- Manchester Palace Theatre – October 19th – October 24th
- Sheffield Lyceum Theatre – October 26th – October 30th
- Glasgow King’s Theatre – November 2nd – November 7th
- Birmingham The Alexandra – November 10th – November 14th
- Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre – November 17th – November 21st
- Dartford Orchard Theatre – November 24th – November 28th
- Leeds Grand Theatre – December 8th – January 9th 2022
- Southampton Mayflower Theatre – January 11th – January 16th
- Edinburgh Festival Theatre – January 19th – January 23rd
- Bristol Hippodrome – January 26th – January 29th
- Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre – February 1st – February 5th
- Leicester Curve – February 9th – February 19th
- Liverpool Empire – February 22nd – February 26th
- Northampton Royal & Derngate – February 28th – March 5th
- Plymouth Theatre Royal – March 8th – March 12th
- Salford The Lowry – March 15th – March 19th
- Dublin Gaiety Theatre – March 23rd – March 27th
- Wolverhampton Grand Theatre – April 5th – April 9th
- Hull New Theatre – April 12th – April 16th
- Sunderland Empire – April 19th – April 24th
- Belfast Grand Opera House – April 27th – May 1st
Star of the show, Pilkington said of the stage adaptation: “The film was doing something new and innovative, and so are we,”
“It is faithful to what people love about Bedknobs and Broomsticks but this creative team never make the obvious choice. They have an amazing creative brain.”
As well as remaining faithful to the story, the show will also faeture songs by the Sherman brothers that featured in the original movie, as well as those that didn’t make the final cut for the film.
Find out more and book tickets here.
[Featured image: Disney]