Hit musical comedy, Sister Act, is set for a national tour in a revival that’s being directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.
Sister Act will open at the Leicester Curve in July 2016 before touring.
Craig Revel Horwood said: “I am truly thrilled to be directing and choreographing this all-new production of Sister Act, a show I fell in love with when I saw it a few years ago.
“I am currently putting together a dream creative team and can’t wait to get started next year on this hilarious and wonderful show”.
Already on board is Tony award-winning Sarah Travis who will be in charge of musical supervision and arrangements.
Producer Jamie Wilson said: “I am delighted to be presenting Sister Act at both Curve, Leicester and on tour. I couldn’t think of a better theatre to be producing this show with and am thrilled Nikolai Foster and his team will be welcoming those singing nuns next summer!”
Foster, artistic director at the Curve added: “It’s been a great joy collaborating with Craig on Annie and, having been inspired by many of his innovative productions as director, I know, along with Sarah’s inspired musical leadership, they will deliver an exhilarating and hugely original production at Curve”.
Based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder.
Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent. Disguised as a nun, and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
The comedy features original music by the eight-time Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken. Alan’s credits include the films and stage musicals of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Enchanted, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas and Hercules.
Craig Revel Horwood, a former judge on Strictly Come Dancing, has an impressive list of credits as a director and choreographer.
They include Sunset Boulevard, national tours of Fiddler on the Roof, Spend Spend Spend, Chess, The Witches of Eastwick and Martin Guerre.
As a performer his theatre credits include Cats, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You and Annie.
2016 tour dates
July 30-August 13, Leicester Curve
August 22-27, Grand Theatre, Leeds
August 29-September 3, Palace Theatre, Manchester
September 5-10, Sunderland Empire
September 12-17, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
September 19-24, Bristol Hippodrome
September 26-October 1, Milton Keynes Theatre
October 4-8, King’s Theatre, Glasgow
October 10-15, Liverpool Empire
October 17-22, Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
October 31-November 5, Regent Theatre, Ipswich
November 7-12, Grand Opera House, Belfast
November 14-19, Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
November 21-26, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
December 5-10, Malvern Theatre
December 12-17, Cambridge Corn Exchange.
Further dates to be announced.