Disney is continuing their string of film-to-stage adaptations and Bedknobs and Broomsticks in next, and it’s not a little bit of Treguna Mekoides Trecorum Satis Dee they’re after (not right now at least) but two young up-and-comers.
The Academy Award-winning film was released in 1971 and starred Dame Angela Lansbury as Miss Price, an apprentice witch who must take in three refugee children escaping the Blitz of WWII.
This new stage adaptation is set to make its world premiere at Newcastle upon Tyne’s Theatre Royal on August 14th, 2021, before touring the rest of the UK (plus a brief stop in Ireland!). The musical will feature songs from the film such as the famous “The Age of Not Believing” and “Substitutiary Locomotion” by The Sherman Brothers, with new original material created by Neil Bartram, who also scored Disney’s stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love.
Casting for the musical is now underway, and casting director Joanne Hawes has announced via Twitter that they are looking for child actors to portray Carrie and Paul, the two younger siblings of the three children sent to live with the witch, Miss Price. For more information, we have linked the original tweet below.
No casting for any other roles have been announced, and there is currently no word on casting calls for other characters. Tickets for the show are now available and can be found on the official website.
UPDATE: Disney has extended the UK Tour of Bedknobs and Broomsticks with an additional 9 stops, including Bristol, Cardiff, and an extended run in Leeds. The new dates have been added to the official website above, although tickets are not available for all stops just yet. This news was first reported by our theatre friends over on WhatsonStage.
Please keep in mind that the UK’s COVID situation is incredibly unpredictable, and theatres might be forced to shut down again if the UK enters another national lockdown or scattered tier system. If you are going to purchase tickets, it might be best to have some alternate dates kept in mind, just in case.
The original Bedknobs and Broomsticks starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson is available to watch on Disney+.