Amelie UK Tour

Based on the award-winning 2001 film, the UK premiere of Amelie the musical will open at the Watermill Theatre Newbury in 2019 prior to touring. The Amelie UK Tour commences in Wimbledon in May 2019.

Amelie UK Tour Amelie the musical

The UK premiere of Amelie the musical has been announced for the Watermill Theatre Newbury from 11 April to 18 May 2019.

With music by Hem’s Daniel Messe, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messe and book by Craig Lucas, this new musical adaptation of the five-time Oscar®-nominated film written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, will be directed by Michael Fentiman.

Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in…

Michael Fentiman said, “As a theatre maker, staging Amélie as a musical is one of those exciting, terrifying challenges, that you absolutely cannot turn down. It is a gentle, magical and uncynically joyous piece – that takes its audience on a surreal flight of fancy, into the mind of an extraordinary young woman, Amélie Poulain. It’s going to be a huge pleasure to open the show at the beautiful Watermill Theatre before then taking our extremely talented actor-musician cast around the UK.

Audrey Brisson Amelie UK Tour
Audrey Brisson

French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson is to play Amelie.

Audrey Brisson said: “Bonjour, je m’appelle Audrey Brisson et c’est avec un immense plaisir que je m’apprête à jouer le rôle d’Amelie Poulain. That is to say, I am really looking forward to sharing this journey filled with imagination and quirkiness that Amélie will concoct for us. Until then, à bientôt. (Have a raspberry on me!)”

Audrey Brisson’s theatre credits include: The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre), Midnight’s Pumpkin andThe Wild Bride (Kneehigh), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), Dead Dog in a Suitcase & Other Love Songs (Kneehigh), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh), The Grinning Man(Bristol Old Vic), The Strada (UK Tour & The Other Palace). Her film credits include: Hereafter directed by Clint Eastwood and W.E. directed by Madonna. Television includes: Outlander (Amazon), Money (BBC Two). Radio includes the title role in Amy Dorrit (BBC Radio). Audrey trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She also studied Classical Singing at Cegep St-Laurent, Canada. As a child and teenager, Audrey worked extensively with Cirque Du Soleil as a vocalist and acrobat. She performed in their international tours of Reinvente, Quidamand and the Cirque Du Soleil 30th Anniversary Concert.

Danny Mac Amelie UK Tour
Danny Mac. Photo: Joseph Sinclair

West End performer Danny Mac will play sweet daydreamer Nino Quincampoix on the UK Tour with Chris Jared playing the role during the Watermill Theatre season.

The full cast also includes Oliver Grant as Lucien / Mysterious Man (War Horse – UK Tour, Twelfth Night – Chichester Festival Theatre), Samuel Morgan-Grahame as Joseph / Fluffy (Sister Act – UK Tour, All My Sons – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Sioned Saunders as Gina (Sunshine on Leith -West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sleeping Beauty – Watermill Theatre), Johnson Willis as Collignon / Dufayel (Harold and Maude – Charing Cross Theatre, Dido Queen of Carthage & Salome – RSC The Swan Theatre), Caolan McCarthy as Hippolito / Elton John (The Plough and the Stars – National Theatre, The Beggar’s Opera/Alice in Wonderland – Storyhouse), Faoileann Cunningham as Georgette / Sylvia (Mary Stuart – Almeida, Ulysses – Abbey Theatre), Kate Robson-Stuart as Suzanne (Crazy For You – UK Tour, Untold Stories (Watermill Theatre), Josh Sneesby as Blind Beggar / Gnome (The Hypocrite & Birthday Bash – Royal Shakespeare Company, One Man, Two Guvnors – Adelphi Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket), Jez Unwin as Raphael / Bretodeau (Oliver – Leicester Curve, Once – Phoenix Theatre) and Rachel Dawson as Andamine / Philomene (The Jungle Book – UK Tour, A Little Night Music – The Watermill).

The original film, Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain, was released in 2001, starring Audrey Tatou and Matthieu Kassovitz. Taking over $33 million in a limited theatrical release, it is to date the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States and one of the biggest international successes for a French film. Amélie won Best Film at the European Film Awards, four César Awards in 2002 (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including best foreign language film.

The Amelie UK Tour is produced by Hartshorn-Hook Productions, Selladoor Productions, The Watermill Theatre and Broadway Asia.

AMELIE UK TOUR

11 April – 18 May 2019
Watermill Theatre, Newbury
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22 – 25 May 2019
New Wimbledon Theatre
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28 May – 1 June 2019
Gaiety Theatre Dublin
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3 – 8 June 2019
Exeter Northcott Theatre
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10 – 15 June 2019
Wycombe Swan Theatre
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17 – 22 June 2019
New Theatre Oxford
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24 – 29 June 2019
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
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1 – 6 July 2019
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
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8 – 13 July 2019
Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
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22 – 27 July 2019
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
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29 July – 3 August 2019
Malvern Theatre
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19 – 24 August 2019
King’s Theatre, Glasgow
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26 – 31 August 2019
Victoria Theatre Woking
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9 – 14 September 2019
Congress Theatre Eastbourne
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17 – 21 September 2019
Eden Court Inverness
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