New British musical The Sorceror's Apprentice to premiere at Southwark Playhouse

The Sorcerors Apprentice musical

New British musical The Sorceror's Apprentice will hold its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse in January.

The piece offers up a gender-swapped twist on the classic poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which also inspired the Dukas symphony in Disney's Fantasia.


Written by Richard Hough with music and orchestrations from Ben Morales Frost, The Sorceror's Apprentice will play at Southwark Playhouse from 9 January 2021 through to 13 February with tickets on sale now.

The cast will feature Tom Bales, Nicola Blackman, Dawn Hope, Mary Moore, Marc Pickering, Ryan Pidgen, Yazdan Qafouri, Vicki Lee Taylor, Kayleigh Thadani and David Thaxton.

A teaser reads: "This enchanting new British musical explores the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers.

"Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity. To rescue Midgard from certain destruction, father and daughter must heal their relationship and work together.

"This gripping family-friendly story sees brooms coming to life and love blossoming anew."

The creative team will be led by director Charlotte Westenra with musical director Alan Williams, choreographer Steven Harris, puppetry director Scarlet Wilderink, set & costume Designer Anna Kelsey, lighting designer Clancy Flynn, sound designer Ella Wahlstrom, puppet designer Maia Kirkman-Richards and magic consultant Scott Penrose.

James Seabright produces with associate producer King’s Head Theatre.