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New Musical The Sorcerer's Apprentice To Move Online For World Premiere

The world premiere of the brand new musical The Sorcerer's Apprentice will take place this month as originally planned... just not in the way that was expected.

Due to open at Southwark Playhouse this Saturday 9th January, the current lockdown forced a rethink. Rather than push the season back to a later date, the show must go on. Well, the show must go online as it will now receive its premiere as a streaming show later this month.

It will be available as a pay-per-view title on from Tuesday 26th January until Sunday 14th February.

Producer James Seabright said: “We are sorry not to be able to present this wonderful new show to audiences as planned at Southwark Playhouse, but we are going to film it in the venue next week with broadcast quality cameras and then premiere it online. I commissioned it five years ago, and have loved developing it since then through a series of workshops and a West End concert presentation of an earlier version in 2017, which led to the invitation from Southwark Playhouse to premiere the show at their venue this month.

I decided to press ahead with these plans with rehearsals up to Christmas and fit up and get-in since New Year despite the challenges presented by doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic, as I think this magical story of renewal and the importance of family is especially timely. However, the latest national lockdown leaves us with a show ready to perform which we are unable to share with live audiences. I have been inspired by the determination and resolve of our cast, creative team to make this possible whilst maintaining the highest safety standards for everyone on and off stage.”

Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity. To rescue Midgard from certain destruction, father and daughter must heal their relationship and work together. This gripping family-friendly story sees brooms coming to life and love blossoming anew. Acclaimed musical theatre writers Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost have created this gender-swapped twist on the timeless poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which also inspired the Dukas symphony that memorably featured in the Disney film ‘Fantasia’.

The cast includes Nicola Blackman, Dawn Hope, Mary Moore, Marc Pickering, Yazdan Qafouri and David Thaxton. They have already been in rehearsals for the show as seen below:

It will have showings Monday to Saturday at 7pm with matinees on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. Tickets are £15 for each performance with a special price of £10 for the first showing on Tuesday 26th January.

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This was a show I was really looking forward to seeing so very happy to have the chance to see it still this month.



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