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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Harry Potter star to take the stage in Wolverhampton

Harry Potter star Mark Williams is set to take to the stage at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in 2019. 

Star of The Fast Show, Father Brown, 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers, Shakespeare in Love and Arthur Weasley in seven of the Harry Potter films, Mark Williams will star as Doctor Dolittle in Doctor Dolittle The Musical at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 29 January – 9 February 2019.

With book, music and lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse, featuring stunning visual puppetry, this new production, with the book reworked by Leslie Bricusse, will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison and will feature the same songs, including the Academy Award-winning Talk To The Animals. 

Mark Williams’ many theatre credits include Fanshen at the National Theatre, Doctor of Honour for Cheek by Jowl, Moscow Gold, Singer, A Dream of People and As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Art in the West End, Toast at the Royal Court and Tartuffe at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 

Further casting for the production is to be announced. 

The musical follows the story of eccentric Doctor Dolittle who embarks on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail that holds the secret of life and makes the world a happier place. 

Helped by his human companions and an exotic menagerie of animal friends, including the Pushmi-Pullyu and trusty sidekick Polynesia the parrot, the larger-than-life Doctor Dolittle teaches us not only to talk to the animals but to listen to them as well.

Leslie Bricusse has written the book, music and lyrics for more than 40 musical films and plays. Stage musicals include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Superman, Home Alone 1 & 2, Hook, Goldfinger andYou Only Live Twice. 

The new stage production of Doctor Dolittle The Musical will be directed by Christopher Renshaw (Le Grand Mort, Zorro, Taboo, We Will Rock You, The King and I), with design by Tom Piper and musical supervision by Mike Dixon. Book your tickets here

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