What's New Pussycat? Sir Tom Jones musical to play Leeds Playhouse in 2021

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A new musical based on the songs of Sir Tom Jones will premiere at Leeds Playhouse.

What's New Pussycat? will be based on 18th century novel, A History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, written by Henry Fielding.


Joe DiPietro will adapt the book for the new musical production with the show set in the swinging 60s.

The production will include the songs such as; Green, Green Grass of Home, It’s Not Unusual, Leave Your Hat On, Delilah, Mama Told Me Not To Come, Sex Bomb and, What’s New Pussycat?

Luke Sheppard has been confirmed to direct with choreography from Arlene Phillips, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Gabriella Slade, musical supervision and orchestrations by Matthew Brind, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Gareth Owen and casting by Stuart Burt CDG.

Casting is to be confirmed.

Director Luke Sheppard said: “Sometimes you work on a show and you know it could be really special, and our first staged reading of this piece left me flying high. It’s down to the amazing synergy between a fiercely witty script that takes this classic novel and casts it in a fresh and vibrant new light in the swinging 60s, and an incredible catalogue of music that has such range it can break your heart one moment and have you on the dance floor the next.

"It’s a joyous show with the challenges facing two young people at the centre of it, and I can’t wait to bring it to life at the beautiful newly reopened Leeds Playhouse.”

Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining added: “This autumn sees the 50th anniversary of Leeds Playhouse and What's New Pussycat? will be a fantastic way to kick off those celebrations. This will be a fun-filled production about love, laughter and living life to the full all to the soundtrack of Sir Tom Jones’ incredible songs. 

"Luke Sheppard is an extraordinarily talented director and I can’t wait to welcome him to the Playhouse to create this brilliant new production.”

What's New Pussycat? will play at Leeds Playhouse in 2021 with dates to be confirmed after being postponed from its original run in September 2020.

You can get tickets and more information online here.