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Musical adaptation of Room on the Broom flies into the West End this summer

Room on the Broom © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2002 – Macmillan Children’s Books
Room on the Broom © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2002 – Macmillan Children’s Books

Tall Stories’ Olivier-nominated stage adaption of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Room on the Broom comes to the West End this summer.

Based on the classic picture book, the show will run at Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 21 July to 4 September.

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Directed by Olivia Jacobs, the family-friend musical show will enchant everyone aged 3 and upwards.

The witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers – a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a frantic frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two… just as the hungry dragon appears! Will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

With enchanting puppetry, sing-a-long songs and hilarious fun, Room on the Broom is an ideal summer family treat and a magical introduction to theatre for young children.

The new cast includes Jessica Manu who makes her West End debut as Witch. Hannah Miller will play Cat, Peter Steele returns to ‘Room on the Broom’ to play Dog and Frog having understudied the roles on the last UK tour, and Jake Waring will play Bird and Dragon. The company is completed by Jayant Singh as understudy.

The production is designed by Morgan Large, with puppet design by Yvonne Stone, lighting design by James Whiteside, choreography by Morag Cross and music composed by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw.

Director and Tall Stories co-founder Olivia Jacobs said: “I’m thrilled that Tall Stories is returning to the Lyric Theatre with ‘Room on the Broom’ this summer. After a difficult time for touring theatre companies, this story of pulling together in times of adversity feels very apt.

“We’re looking forward to bringing a sprinkling of magic to families this summer with this funny, fast-paced, high-energy show. Come and join us – there’s plenty of Room on the Broom!”

Toby Mitchell, Tall Stories’ artistic director and co-founder, added: “Tall Stories has produced 31 shows in our 25 years of existence – including five adaptations of much-loved books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, alongside many smaller scale shows.

“We first brought ‘Room on the Broom’ to the stage in 2008 and since then it’s toured nationally and beyond – including France, Germany, the US, Australia and the Far East. We were delighted that the show was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2013 – and this return to the Lyric Theatre marks the fourth West End run for the show.

“We’re particularly excited about bringing some magical spells, catchy songs and lots of laughter to family audiences this summer, following the uncertainty of the last couple of years – and we can’t wait to see all those smiling faces.”

For more information and tickets, visit roomonthebroomlive.com


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