Claus The Musical will hold its world premiere at The Lowry in December 2022.
Produced by Aria Entertainment and Eilene Davidson Productions, the new musical based on L. Frank Baum’s festive tale will open at the Salford venue on 14 December 2022.
The production will be directed by Kate Golledge with the work adapted for the stage by Simon Warne and with spellbinding music and lyrics from Andy Collyer.
Full casting and creative team are to be announced in due course.
Abandoned as a baby in the magical Forest of Burzee, he is gifted to Necile, a wood nymph, who showers him with love and names him Claus.
With a helping hand from the mystical inhabitants of the forest – Fairies, Knooks and Ryls – she teaches him that kindness is the most important lesson of all, a gift that Claus eventually shares with us, as he embarks on a journey to bring the miracle of Christmas to the whole world.
Katy Lipson said: “Claus is such a special and important piece to me. It’s a piece that reminds me of my fondest memories of seeing a musical for the first time. When I first heard this score by Andy Collyer it inspired me to form my company Aria Entertainment so that I could one day produce it.
“I am therefore thrilled to finally be bringing this beautiful story to the stage in my hometown of Salford in partnership with Eilene Davidson productions.”
Eilene Davidson added: “I’m delighted to be bringing to the stage this beautiful Christmas tale evoking magical childhood memories. I can’t wait to thrill a new generation with this spellbinding children’s musical written by L. Frank Baum who also brought the world the universally adored The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
Claus The Musical runs at The Lowry, Salford from 14 December 2022 to 8 January 2023. Tickets are on sale now from www.thelowry.com