Monday, 6 October 2014

Miracle on 34th Street returns for new tour; casting announced

It has been announced that Miracle on 34th Street will return later this year for another UK tour. See tour dates below.

The cast features James Murphy as Kris Kringle, Inez Mackenzie as Doris, Ceris Hine as Susan, Jay Rincon as Fred Gaily, Robert Hannouch as Shellhammer and Craig Berry as R H Macy. 

The cast also includes Jodie Steele, Michaela Cartmell, Emily McAvoy, Scarlett Courtney, Stephanie Willson, Faye Charlotte Ainley, Adam Roberts, Calum Ewan Cameron, David Hinton-Gale and Toby Joyce.

Miracle on 34th Street is directed by Paul Taylor-Mills and choreographed by Richard Jones, with musical direction by Ben Holder and design by David Shields. 

Based on the 1947 motion picture, Miracle on 34th Street is the heart-warming story of Susan, a young girl who dreams of a father and brother to make her family whole, and Kris Kringle, a kindly old bearded man who claims he is the real Santa Claus. When employed as a Santa at a department store grotto, Kris quickly spreads a wave of love through New York City, but can he help make Susan’s wish come true? This dazzling musical adaptation is an uplifting family tale of battling cynicism and learning what it truly means to believe.

Miracle on 34th Street originated as a 1947 motion picture starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. The film became a perennial Christmas favorite, winning three Academy Awards and nominated for Best Picture. The stage version, originally entitled Here’s Love, opened on Broadway in 1963. A hugely popular remake of the film was also released in 1994 starring Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle.

Miracle on 34th Street has a book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, best known for writing and composing The Music Man which premiered on Broadway in 1957 and was adapted twice for film in 1962 and 2003. It won the 1958 Tony Award for Best Musical and the cast recording won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. His work for film includes composing the score for Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.

Tour Dates

Saturday 1 November 2014
Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Monday 3 – Wednesday 5 November 2014
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 November 2014
Theatre Royal Windsor

Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 November 2014
Grimsby Auditorium

Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 November 2014
Southport Theatre

Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 November 2014
Poole Lighthouse

Monday 24 – Saturday 29 November 2014
Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Monday 1 – Wednesday 3 December 2014
Brighton Theatre Royal

Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 December 2014
Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

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