- Mark Williams to play the title role in Doctor Dolittle during the show's Christmas run at The Lowry.
Mark Williams to play the title role in Doctor Dolittle during the show's Christmas run at The Lowry.
Mon 11 June 2018
Mark Williams will star in the title role when the UK & Ireland tour of Doctor Dolittle, with book, music and lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse, plays at The Lowry this Christmas (Tue 11 December 2018 - Sat 5 January 2019).
Williams, star of 'The Fast Show', 'Father Brown', '101 Dalmatians', 'The Borrowers', 'Shakespeare in Love' and seven of the Harry Potter films, will play the eccentric Doctor for a limited run within the tour, starring as Dolittle at the first ten venues- Bromley, Salford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Nottingham and Sheffield.
Featuring stunning visual puppetry, this new production, with the book reworked by Leslie Bricusse, will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison and will feature the same songs, including the Academy Award-winning Talk To The Animals.
Mark Williams’ many theatre credits include 'Fanshen' at the National Theatre, 'Doctor of Honour' for Cheek by Jowl, 'Moscow Gold', 'Singer', 'A Dream of People' and 'As You Like It' for the Royal Shakespeare Company, 'Art' in the West End, 'Toast' at the Royal Court and 'Tartuffe' at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
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. Stage musicals include 'Stop the World - I Want to Get Off', 'Pickwick', 'Harvey', 'Goodbye, Mr Chips', 'Scrooge' and 'Victor/Victoria', while films (songs and/or screenplays) include '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 Panthers'. His 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.
The new stage production of Doctor Dolittle will be directed by Christopher Renshaw ('Le Grand Mort', 'Zorro', 'Taboo', 'We Will Rock You', 'The King and I'), with design by Tom Piper (Associate Designer at the RSC from 2004 to 2014, and designed the installation for the Tower of London poppies installation and subsequent tours - original concept and Poppies by Paul Cummins), and musical supervision by Mike Dixon (most recent theatre includes 'Mrs Henderson Presents', 'Oh What A Lovely War', 'Bodyguard', 'Taboo', 'Hair', 'Zorro', 'Never Forget' and 'We Will Rock You').
Doctor Dolittle is based on the Doctor Dolittle stories by Hugh Lofting and the Twentieth Century Fox film.
Doctor Dolittle is performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd.
Dates: Tue 11 December 2018 - Sat 5 January 2019
Times: 7.30pm, 2pm on Wed, Thu & Sat
Tickets: £19.50- £47.50