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New York: Canadian duo Neil Bartram and Brian Hill to adapt Disney’s “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”

Friday, June 4, 2021

A stage adaptation of Disney’s 1971 live action-animated hybrid musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks will make its world premiere August 14, 2021, at Newcastle Theatre Royale, prior to a U.K. tour that includes a five-week holiday season at the Leeds Grand Theatre.

Angela Lansbury starred in the family-friendly adventure film, which features a score by Mary Poppins songwriters Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Neil Bartram is contributing new music and additional lyrics with a book by Brian Hill. Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison direct.

The musical from Canadian duo Hill and Bartram, whose The Story of My Life. played a brief Broadway run in 2009, was originally announced as part of Chicago Shakespeare's 2018-2019 season but was postponed due to the untimely death of director and choreographer Rachel Rockwell. The Story of My Life premiered at Canadian Stage in Toronto in 2006.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks concerns the three orphaned Rawlins children, who are evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price. 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.

The production will also have set and illusion design by Jamie Harrison, costume design by Gabriella Slade, orchestrations by Simon Hale, musical supervision by Tom Murray, choreography and movement direction by Neil Bettles, sound design by Gareth Fry, lighting design by Simon Wilkinson, and production management by Gary Beestone.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is produced by Michael Harrison by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions.

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Illustration: DVD cover of Bedknobs and Broomsticks © 1971 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.