Doctor Dolittle UK Tour To Star Mark Williams

Mark Williams is to star as Doctor Dolittle at the first ten venues in Music and Lyric’s Doctor Dolittle UK Tour.

Doctor Dolittle UK TourFollowing the success of their 2017 tour of The Addams Family, Music and Lyrics in association with the Churchill Theatre Bromley are to present the Doctor Dolittle UK Tour from November 2018.

Doctor Dolittle has a book, music and lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse. This new production will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film that starred Rex Harrison. The production will feature stunning puppetry and a book reworked for this production by Bricusse.

Eccentric Doctor Dolittle 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!

Mark Williams to play Doctor Doolittle in the Doctor Dolittle UK Tour

Mark Williams as Doctor Dolittle. Photo: Simon Turtle

Mark Williams is to star as Doctor Dolittle in the first ten venues of the UK tour. Williams is best known as star of The Fast Show, 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers, Father Brown, Shakespeare In Love and the seven Harry Potter Films.

Brian Capron and Vicky Entwistle will join the cast of Doctor Dolittle UK Tour

Brian Capron and Vicky Entwistle

Brian Capron, Vicky Entwistle, Mollie Melia-Redgrave and Patrick Sullivan are confirmed to join Mark Williams, who plays Doctor Dolittle, in the UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle.  Brian will play Albert Blossom/Straight Arrow, Vicky will play Polynesia, Mollie Emma Fairfax and Patrick Matthew Mugg.  Mark Williams and Brian Capron will play the first ten venues on the tour – Bromley, Salford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Nottingham and Sheffield.  The others will play the entire tour.

Leslie Bricusse has written the book, music and/or lyrics for more than 40 musical films and plays.  Stage musicals include Stop the World – I Want to Get OffPickwickHarveyGoodbye, Mr ChipsScrooge and Victor/Victoria, while films (songs and/or screenplays) include ScroogeWilly Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryGoodbye, Mr ChipsSupermanVictor/VictoriaHome Alone 1 & 2HookGoldfingerYou Only Live TwiceThe Last Emperor and various Pink Panthers.  His songs include What Kind of Fool Am I?My Old Man’s A DustmanGoldfingerYou Only Live TwiceOn A Wonderful Day Like TodayThe Candy Man and Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-Dee-Doo.  As well as winning two Oscars, he has won a Grammy and eight Ivor Novello Awards.

The new stage production of Doctor Dolittle will be directed by Christopher Renshaw (Le Grand MortZorroTabooWe Will Rock YouThe King and I), with design by Tom Piper (Associate Designer at the RSC from 2004  to 2014, and designed the installation for the Tower of London poppies installation and subsequent tours – original concept and Poppies by Paul Cummins), and musical supervision by Mike Dixon (most recent theatre includes Mrs Henderson PresentsOh What A Lovely WarBodyguardTabooHairZorroNever Forget and We Will Rock You).

Doctor Dolittle is based on tho Doctor Doolittle UK Tour is to be announced.

DOCTOR DOLITTLE UK TOUR

9 – 24 November 2018
Churchill Theatre Bromley
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11 December – 5 January 2019
The Lowry Salford
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15 – 26 January 2019
Oxford New Theatre
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29 January – 9 February 2019
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
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12 – 23 February 2019
Newcastle Theatre Royal
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26 February – 9 March 2019
Hull New Theatre
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12 – 23 March 2019
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
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26 March – 6 April 2019
Royal & Derngate Northampton
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9 – 20 April 2019
Nottingham Theatre Royal
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23 April – 4 May 2019
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
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14 – 25 May 2019
Festival Theatre Edinburgh
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28 May – 8 June 2019
Alhambra Theatre Bradford
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11 – 22 June  2019
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
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9 – 20 July 2019
The Marlowe, Canterbury
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23 July – 3 August 2019
Glasgow King’s Theatre
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6 – 17 August 2019
Wales Millennium Centre
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20 – 31 August 2019
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
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3 – 14 September 2019
Blackpool Winter Gardens
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17 – 28 September 2019
New Wimbledon Theatre
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8 – 19 October 2019
Milton Keynes Theatre
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22 October – 2 November 2019
Birmingham Hippodrome     
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