Casting has been announced for the work-in-progress presentation of brand new family musical The Little Beasts at The Other Palace this summer.
Promising magical and innovative puppetry, the Perfect Pitch and Global Musicals presentation features music by Luke Bateman and a book and lyrics by Michael Conley and is aimed at children aged seven and above.
Recently announced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor-Mills as part of the first Work in Progress series at the new London musical theatre venue, the family-friendly comic musical tells the story of a selfish little girl who runs away from home and discovers a magical menagerie of animals who used to be naughty children.
Directed by Jamie Hinde, the cast will include Sebastien Torkia (The Wild Party, The Other Palace) as the Man In Black alongside Laura Baldwin (Shrek UK tour) as Sam, and ensemble actors Nina Bell, Oliver Evans, Tyler Fagan and Seyi Omooba.
With musical direction by Brady Mould, musical supervision by Paul Herbert, and puppetry direction by Nick Barnes, The Little Beasts will play performances on 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 July.
Perfect Pitch executive producer Andy Barnes said: “It is a rare and exciting opportunity to be able to develop a new British musical in its early stages in front of family audiences. The feedback we receive from the audience after each show will be fed into cuts, re-writes and re-staging for the next performance. The process will be incredibly challenging for our multi-skilled cast and we’re delighted to have such a talented and committed group of performers on board.”
Formerly the St James Theatre, the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group launched as The Other Palace in February with ambitious plans to discover, develop and reimagine musicals.