Fascinating Aïda’s Adèle Anderson Joins Cast of Doctor Dolittle






Fascinating Aïda’s Adèle Anderson is confirmed to join Mark Williams, who plays Doctor Dolittle, in the UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle. Adèle will play Lady Bellowes/Poison Arrow at the first six venues of the tour – Bromley, Salford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Hull. 


As previously announced, Brian Capron, Vicky Entwistle, Mollie Melia-Redgrave and Patrick Sullivan will play Albert Blossom/Straight Arrow, Polynesia, Emma Fairfax and Matthew Mugg respectively.  Mark Williams and Brian Capron will play the first ten venues on the tour – Bromley, Salford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Nottingham and Sheffield.  Vicky Entwistle, Mollie Melia-Redgrave and Patrick Sullivan will play the entire tour. 


Also in the cast will be Femi Akinfolarin, Erica Jayne Alden, Lydia Bannister, Joel Bayliss, Evonnee Bentley-Holder, Jane Crawshaw, Emily Essery, Jacob Fisher, George Hankers, Catherine Hannay, Evan James, Leon Kay, Emma Lloyd, Owen McHugh, Ross Meagrow, Tom Norman, Emily Ann Potter, Ellie Seaton and Richard Vorster.  The role of Tommy Stubbins will be shared by Harry Cross, Elliot Morris, Quillan O’Meara McDonald, Louis Parker, Elliott Rose and Thomas Ryan.


This new production of Doctor Dolittle, with book, music and lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse, will be part of the 50thanniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison and will feature the same songs, including the Academy Award-winning Talk To The Animals.  Featuring stunning visual puppetry, this new production, with the book reworked by Leslie Bricusse, will be directed by Christopher Renshaw.


Adèle Anderson is best known as a member of the acclaimed cabaret group Fascinating Aïda and co-writes much of their material with founder member Dillie Keane. They have been nominated for the Perrier Award, the Olivier Award (three times) and the New York Drama Desk Award. Adèle’s theatre credits include Follies and Achilles In Heels at the Landor Theatre, Into The Woods at the Derby Playhouse and The Forum, Wythenshawe, the national tour of Ken Hill’s Phantom Of The Opera, and the European Chamber Opera tour of Die Fledermaus. Her film credits include Lady Jane, directed by Trevor Nunn, and Company Business, in which she serenaded Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  She will be seen in the highly-anticipated new Matthew Weiner series, The Romanoffs, which will air on Amazon Prime in October.


Mark Williams’s screen credits include The Fast ShowFather Brown101 DalmatiansThe BorrowersShakespeare in Love and seven of the Harry Potter films.  His many theatre credits include Fanshen at the National Theatre, Doctor of Honour for Cheek by Jowl, Moscow GoldSingerA Dream of People and As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Art in the West End, Toast at the Royal Court and Tartuffeat the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.


Brian Capron is probably best known for his role as Richard Hillman in Coronation Street, for which he won a clutch of awards, including a record-breaking five at The Soap Awards.  Other well-known television roles include Mr Hopwood in Grange Hill and Ozias Harding in Where The Heart Is.  His theatre credits include James in Harper Regan at the National Theatre, Nathan Detroit in The Donmar/West End/UK Tour of Guys and Dolls, Geoffrey in Stepping Out (MEN Award nomination for Best Actor in a touring show) and Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show in the West End/UK Tour.  He can currently be seen in the Channel 5 series Celebrity 5 Go Caravanning.  He is most proud that he was a finalist in Celebrity Masterchef!


Vicky Entwistle is probably best known for her role as Janice Battersby in Coronation Street.  Other television credits include Father Brown and Sandra in Ackely Bridge.  Her theatre credits include East is East for Northern Stage, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Madame Thenardier in the West End production of Les Misérables and the UK tour of The Vagina Monologues.


Mollie Melia-Redgrave appeared in Drew McOnie’s production of On the Town at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the UK & Ireland Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for Music & Lyrics.  Patrick Sullivan most recently played Blake in Bat Out Of Hell the Musical at the Dominion Theatre, a role he created in the original Manchester Opera House/London Coliseum production. 


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 OffPickwickHarveyGoodbye, Mr ChipsScrooge and Victor/Victoria, while films (songs and/or screenplays) include Scrooge,Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryGoodbye, Mr ChipsSupermanVictor/VictoriaHome Alone 1 & 2HookGoldfingerYou Only Live TwiceThe Last Emperor and various Pink Panthers.  His songs include What Kind of Fool Am I?My Old Man’s A DustmanGoldfingerYou Only Live TwiceOn A Wonderful Day Like TodayThe 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 MortZorroTabooWe Will Rock YouThe King and I), with choreography by Josh Rhodes (Carousel and Sweeney Todd at the London Coliseum, Company starring Neil Patrick Harris for PBS, and Cinderella and Bright Star on Broadway), 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), puppet design by Nick Barnes, puppet direction by Jimmy Grimes, lighting by Chris Davey, sound by Ben Harrison, and musical supervision by Mike Dixon (most recent theatre includes Mrs Henderson PresentsOh What A Lovely WarBodyguardTabooHairZorroNever 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.


The UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle is produced by Music & Lyrics Limited, the producers behind the highly successful recent tours of The Addams FamilyChitty Chitty Bang BangOklahoma!Fiddler on the RoofHigh Society and The King and I, in association with Churchill Theatre Bromley.


Website: www.doctordolittlemusical.com

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Twitter: @DolittleMusical




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+Adèle Anderson dates

*Mark Williams & Brian Capron dates