THERE’S A MONSTER IN YOUR SHOW
BASED ON THE BELOVED, BEST-SELLING PICTURE BOOK
BY TOM FLETCHER & GREG ABBOTT
ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING
FOR A MAJOR UK THEATRE TOUR FROM OCTOBER 2023
Tom Fletcher’s interactive adventures for big imaginations are leaping from page to stage, as the beloved ‘Who’s in Your Book?’ series, makes its debut as a brand-new musical show.
Full casting is announced today for ‘There’s a Monster in Your Show, which will premiere at the Watford Palace Theatre on 12 October, before heading off to more than 50 further venues around the UK! The latest info can be found at www.monsterinyourshow.com
The cast will feature actor/puppeteers Charlie Daniels (Hey Duggee, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday and His Dark Materials (BBC), Josh Macrow (The Furchester Hotel Live, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday), Ben Murrell (In The Night Garden Live, Twirlywoos Live, Very Hungry Caterpillar, Elmer and the Patchwork Elephant, Goosebumps Alive’ (The Vaults London), Ashton Owen (Twirlywoos Live, Smartest Giant in Town, Mr Men) and Gil Sidaway (The Happy Prince, Newbies).
A high-energy 50-minute adventure featuring lively original music, this show is the perfect introduction to live theatre.
Expect plenty of playful fun for your littlest ones as their favourite characters come to life in a show that is packed with interactive moments to enjoy together.
A group of performers are preparing to start their show, but quickly discover they are not alone on stage. Little Monster wants to be part of the fun too! With an invitation to his friends, Dragon, Alien and Unicorn to join him, you can expect comedy and chaos as they help to create a magical show, learning about the joy of books and friendship along the way.
There’s a Monster in Your Show… and he can’t wait to meet you!
Tom Fletcher said, “I’m so excited to see ‘There’s a Monster In Your Book,’ come to life on stage! Theatre is such an important way to introduce children to the arts and ‘There’s a Monster In Your Show’ is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families. I’m so looking forward to seeing their reactions first-hand.”
The production is presented by MEI Theatrical, the team who have brought some of the world’s best loved family brands to the stage including Twirlywoos Live, Sarah & Duck and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.
There’s a Monster in Your Show is adapted for the stage by Zoe Bourn (Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam, Mr Men Little Miss). A keen advocate of children’s literacy and the accessibility of story books, she is thrilled to be part of the creative team introducing this debut show to fans of Tom’s book series. The show has design by Laura McEwen (Oh, No George!, The Singing Mermaid and Twirlywoos Live) and puppets created by Keith Frederick (Twirlywoos, Jack V Giant, Dog’s Don’t Do Ballet). Katie Haygarth is Associate Director.
New music will be composed by Tom Fletcher and Barrie Bignold.
The show is directed by Miranda Larson who adapted Tom Fletcher’s The Christmasaurus and the YouTube phenomena Little Baby Bum for the stage. Other UK theatre credits include the current tours of Milkshake Monkey’s Musical and Fireman Sam Saves The Circus. Puppet direction is by Roman Stefanski, associate director at Polka Theatre (Sarah & Duck and Twirlywoos).
The Who’s in Your Book? picture-book series by Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbot is published by Puffin.
There’s a Monster in Your Show is produced on stage by Millennium Entertainment International.
Tour Dates 2023/24
(This list is subject to change)
12 & 13 October Watford Palace Theatre
15, 16 & 17 October King’s Lynn Corn Exchange
18 & 19 October Mansfield Palace
21October Gwyn Hall, Neath
22 October Newport Riverfront
23 & 24October Hall for Cornwall
26October The Beacon (Wantage Literary Fest)
27October South Hill Park Arts Centre
28& 29October Bedford Quarry Theatre
30 October Theatre Royal Wakefield
1 November The Met, Abertillery
2 November Milford Haven Torch Theatre
3November Taunton Brewhouse
4 & 5 November Theatre Royal Winchester
7November Royal Spa Centre Leamington Spa
8 & 9 November Eric Morecambe Centre
11 & 12 November Dorking Halls
13November Radlett Centre
16November Middleton Arena
17 November Atkinson Southport
19 November Sunderland Fire Station
20 November Alnwick Playhouse
23November Halesowen Town Hall
24 & 25 November Swansea Grand
26November Spalding South Holland Centre
28 & 29November Stamford Arts Centre
11-23December Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
28Dec – 7 January Artsdepot, London
2-5 April Corn Exchange Newbury ON SALE SOON
6 & 7 April Birmingham Town Hall
13 & 14 April Lincoln Arts Centre
18 & 19 April Norwich Playhouse ON SALE SOON
20 & 21 April Marina Lowestoft
23 & 24 April Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells
26-28 April Southampton MAST
30 April-1 May Swan Theatre Worcester
3 & 4 May Tamworth Assembly Rooms
5 & 6 May Chelmsford Theatre
7 & 8 May Grove Theatre Dunstable
11 & 12 May Derby Theatre
14 & 15 May Tyne Theatre & Opera House
17-19 May Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford
22 & 23 May Canterbury Gulbenkian
25 & 26 May Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
28 May – 1 June Liverpool Playhouse