Flying high: Bedknobs and Broomsticks on stage (pic: Johan Persson)
The classic Disney film, filled with magic and fantasy, is being brought to life on stage, complete with the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers. Singalong to Portobello Road, The Age Of Not Believing and The Beautiful Briny! There are also new tunes and additional lyrics by Neil Bartram. The musical is co-directed by Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison.
So, what's it all about? When the three orphaned Rawlins children are reluctantly evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price, they have no idea what adventures lie ahead. Upon discovering Eglantine to be a trainee witch, they join forces to search for a secret spell that will defeat the enemy once and for all. Armed with an enchanted bedknob, a bewitched broomstick and a magical flying bed, they encounter surprising new friendships on their journey from Portobello Road to the depths of the beautiful briny sea.
Eglantine Price: Dianne Pilkington in Bedknobs and Broomsticks (pic: Johan Persson)
Dianne Pilkington stars as Miss Eglantine Price, the role immortalised on film by Angela Lansbury. Dianne's West End credits include Les Miserables, Wicked, Mamma Mia and Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein.
Charles Brunton, who starred in the iconic role of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda, takes the role of Emelius Browne. The Rawlins children are played by Dexter Barry, Izabella Bucknell, Haydn Court, Poppy Houghton, Evie Lightman and Aidan Oti.
Fantasy: A scene from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (pic: Johann Persson
The rest of the company includes Mark Anderson, Jessica Aubrey, Georgie Buckland, Kayla Carter, Jonathan Cobb, Jacqui Dubois, Matthew Elliot-Campbell, Sam Lupton, Rob Madge, Vinnie Monachello, Nathaniel Morrison, Conor O'Hara, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Robin Simoes Da Silva, Emma Thornett and Susannah Van Den Berg.