South London will be getting a whole lot more fantastical this Christmas, as Immersion Theatre announce a new production of Seussical at Southwark Playhouse (The Large). It is, of course, based on the works of Dr. Seuss; co-conceived by former Python Eric Idle, the show was written by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and was first performed in Boston in 2000, before transferring to Broadway a couple of months later. Seussical was last seen in London at the Arts Theatre five years ago. This production will follow the Theatre for Young Audiences version, with a running time of approximately 75 minutes.
It is a “musical extravaganza” for all ages, treating your ears with rock ‘n’ roll, big band, funk & musical theatre, whilst reinforcing valuable lessons of acceptance, family & loyalty. Through the adventures of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz & many more, a range of topical issues are covered in an engaging and original way – body insecurities, unrequited love, bullying & inclusivity all get a look in.
“Seussical encapsulates everything Immersion Theatre stands for. We have worked incredibly hard to develop a lovely reputation in the regions and we have chosen this exceptional show as our re-introduction to London’s Off West End circuit.”
James Tobias (director) continues: “It is no exaggeration to say this has been on my bucket list of shows for Immersion to produce since the company’s creation in 2010. Not only is the music sensational, but the characters are beautifully created, being madcap enough to astound and keep younger audience members mesmerised throughout, but real and relatable enough to give the story heart and substance.”
2018 Off West End Award winner Chris Whittaker (Jungle Book UK tour; Top Hat, Upstairs at the Gatehouse; Blondel, Union Theatre) is on choreography duty, and the magical worlds of the Jungle of Nool, the Circus McGurkus & Whoville will be created by set design team extraordinaire Justin Williams & Jonny Rust (Imagine This & H.R.Haitch, Union Theatre; Section 2, The Bunker Theatre).
Seussical the Musical runs at the Southwark Playhouse from 22 November-29 December 2018. Tickets are available online or from the box office.