Amelie the Musical set for Watermill Theatre premiere & 2019 UK tour

Amélie The Musical, an adaptation of the much-loved 2001 award-winning film Amélie, will have its UK stage premiere at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, in April before embarking on a UK tour, it has been announced.

With music by Hem’s Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé, 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.”

The original 2001 film, Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain, starring Audrey Tatou and Matthieu Kassovitz, took over $33 million and is the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States, and one of the biggest international successes for a French film.

Amelie the Musical will open at the The Watermill Theatre, running from April 11 – May 18.

2019 TOUR DATES (MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED)

May 22 – 25, New Wimbledon Theatre
June 3 – 8, Exeter Northcott Theatre
June 10 – 15, Wycombe Swan Theatre
June 17 – 22, New Theatre, Oxford
June 24 – 29, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
July 1 – 6, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
July 8 – 13, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
July 22 – 27 Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
August 19 – 24, King’s Theatre, Glasgow
August 26 – 31 Victoria Theatre, Woking

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