A new UK & Ireland tour of Leslie Bricusse’s classic musical, Doctor Dolittle, has been announced as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film.
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.
Leslie Bricusse has written the book, music and/or lyrics for more than 40 musical films and plays.
His stage musicals include Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, Pickwick, Harvey, Goodbye, Mr Chips, Scrooge and Victor/Victoria.
The film back catalogue includes Scrooge, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Goodbye, Mr Chips, Superman, Victor/Victoria, Home Alone 1 & 2, Hook, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, The Last Emperor and various Pink Panther movies.
Songs include What Kind of Fool Am I?, My Old Man’s A Dustman, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, On A Wonderful Day Like Today, The Candy Man and Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-Dee-Doo. As well as winning two Oscars, he has won a Grammy and eight Ivor Novello Awards.
Doctor Dolittle is based on the Doctor Dolittle stories by Hugh Lofting but Bricusse has reworked the story for the new tour, which is being produced by Churchill Theatre, Bromley and Music & Lyrics Ltd.
2018 Tour dates
9 – 24 November, Churchill Theatre Bromley
2019 Tour Dates
11 December – 5 January,The Lowry Salford
29 January – 9 February, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
12 – 23 February, Newcastle Theatre Royal
26 February – 9 March, Hull New Theatre
12 – 23 March, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
26 March – 6 April, Royal & Derngate Northampton
9 – 20 April, Nottingham Theatre Royal
23 April – 4 May Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
14 – 25 May, Festival Theatre Edinburgh
28 May – 8 June, Alhambra Theatre Bradford
11 – 22 June, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
9 – 20 July, The Marlowe, Canterbury
6 – 17 August, Wales Millennium Centre
20 – 31 August, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
3 – 14 September, Blackpool Winter Gardens
22 October – 2 November, Birmingham Hippodrome.