Richard E Grant will play Kraken: Lord of the Oceans in a 3D hologram interactive scene in the world premiere of Water Babies (inspired by Charles Kingsley’s classic novel). Directed by Ed Curtis, with music by Chris Egan, and book and lyrics by Curtis and Guy Jones, this new musical, with landmark special effects, will open at Curve Leicester on 6 May, with previews from the 24 April, and runs until 17 May.
Grant will appear ‘as live’ on stage interacting with the real actors in a never seen before 3D hologram effect. Using a combination of cutting edge technology and traditional theatre illusion this effect allows live actors to perform alongside filmed sequences.
The full company is led by Louise Dearman (Mrs D), Tom Lister (Eel/Grimes), Thomas Milner (Tom) and Lauren Samuels (Ellie). They are joined by Robbie Boyle, Matthew Caputo, Georgia Carling, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Tom Davey, Caroline Deverill, Matthew Gent, Andy Gray, Jeffrey Harmer, Cristina Hoey, Samuel Holmes, Rebecca Jayne-Davies, Sienna Kelly, Marianna Neofitou, Morgan Scott and Marcquelle Ward.
In the creative team are set designer Morgan Large, choreographer Nick Winston, costume designer Amy Jackson, video designer Jack James, lighting designer James Whiteside, sound designer Richard Brooker and musical director Matt Smith.
Tom, the orphaned teenage hero, is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. In a desperate attempt to escape capture he is trapped on the edge of a waterfall. His only choice is to jump. Awakening in the depths of the ocean he encounters the mysterious Mrs D, and a whole new world of enchantment, danger and adventure.
Desperate to get back to the girl he loves Tom must brave underwater challenges in a world beyond his wildest imagination. Together with the unlikeliest of friends he embarks on a quest to find a way back to land. However, he soon finds it’s not just his fate he holds in his hands, but also that of the mysterious and elusive gang of Water Babies.
Charles Kingsley’s 1863 Victorian morality tale is a literary classic. A fantasy, which ‘you should not believe a word of… even if it is true’. Producer Peter Shaw’s 1978 film The Water Babies with James Mason, Billie Whitelaw and David Tomlinson opened the story up and liberated it to a wide family
Richard E Grant is one of Britain’s leading actors. His work in theatre includes The Importance of Being Earnest, God of Carnage, Otherwise Engaged, The Play What I Wrote, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, My Fair Lady, Tramway Road and The Merry Wives of Windsor. He has appeared in more than 80 films and television programmes.
After playing Eva Peron in the tour of the production of Evita, Louise Dearman first appeared in Wicked at the Apollo Theatre, and has taken on both leading roles of Glinda and Elphaba. Dearman also joined composer Scott Alan in his concert, Simply the Music of Scott Alan in the West End and in New York. Next month will see the release of her third album, In Time, a companion to her forthcoming tour in 2014 of the same name.
Perhaps best known for his role as series regular Carl King in Emmerdale, Tom Lister makes his musical theatre debut. His other theatre credits include Accrington Pals (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job (Gilded Balloon – Edinburgh), Love’s Mistress (Globe Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Settle Festival of Theatre).
Thomas Milner recently appeared in Soho Cinders at Soho Theatre; and for television, he has been a series regular, Paul Langley, in Waterloo Road.
Lauren Samuels returns to Curve where she made her professional debut playing Wendy in Peter Pan the Musical. Following her success on Over the Rainbow (BBC1), she made her West End debut as Sandy in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre). She then starred as Scaramouche in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) and on its 10th Anniversary World Arena tour.
Curtis and Jones’ writing credits include Marlon Brando’s Corset (UK tour), and the book for the musical Never Forget (Savoy Theatre, West End) which was co-written with Danny Brocklehurst and featured the music of Take That.
As a director Curtis’ credits include I Dreamed a Dream (UK tour), Jolson & Company (UK tour), Never Forget (Savoy Theatre and UK tour), Marlon Brando’s Corset (UK tour) and Calamity Jane (Shaftesbury Theatre and UK tour).
Egan has worked in all genres of music as a composer, arranger and orchestrator. For theatre, his work includes The Bodyguard (West End), The Pajama Game (Chichester), Kiss Me, Kate (West End), End of the Rainbow (Broadway, West End, US tour), Crazy For You (West End), Witches of Eastwick (UK tour, worldwide), Never Forget (West End and UK tour), The Wedding Singer (UK tour), Grease (West End, worldwide tour), Footloose (West End, UK tour, South Africa) and Calamity Jane (West End). His extensive work for television includes the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Tony Awards and the Royal Variety Performance.
The Water Babies will be produced by Peter Shaw and Joanna Cecil for Water Babies Musical UK Limited. Executive producer is Tristan Baker.
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