Audiences can enter a world of magic and fantasy with the stage musical of Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which continues its UK tour this week.
The production sweeps in to Bristol Hippodrome from Wednesday and is touring until May.
With the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and new music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill, Bedknobs and Broomsticks will be brought to life by award-winning theatre-makers Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison.
The three orphaned Rawlins children are reluctantly evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price but they have no idea what adventures lie ahead.
Upon discovering Eglantine to be a trainee witch, they join forces to search for a secret spell that will defeat the enemy once and for all.
Armed with an enchanted bedknob, a bewitched broomstick and a magical flying bed, they encounter surprising new friendships on their journey from Portobello Road to the depths of the beautiful briny sea.
Dianne Pilkington (Les Miserables, Wicked, Mamma Mia and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein) is Miss Eglantine Price and Charles Brunton (Miss Trunchbull in Matilda, Love Never Dies, Chess and Scrooge) plays magic teacher and headmaster of the Correspondence College of Witchcraft, Emelius Browne.
The rest of the company includes Mark Anderson, Jessica Aubrey, Georgie Buckland, Kayla Carter, Jonathan Cobb, Jacqui Dubois, Matthew Elliot-Campbell, Sam Lupton, Rob Madge, Vinnie Monachello, Nathaniel Morrison, Conor O’Hara, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Robin Simoes Da Silva, Emma Thornett and Susannah Van Den Berg.
The Rawlins children will be played by Dexter Barry, Izabella Bucknell, Haydn Court, Poppy Houghton, Evie Lightman and Aidan Oti.