New Production of Spring Awakening to Launch U.K. Tour in 2011

News   New Production of Spring Awakening to Launch U.K. Tour in 2011
The Broadway musical Spring Awakening, based on Frank Wedekind's 1890s play of the same name, will be revived for a new U.K. touring production, to begin performances at Exeter's Northcott Theatre May 17, 2011, for a run through May 21.

It will then visit Edinburgh's Pleasance Theatre (May 24-25), Stirling's MacRobert Art Centre (May 26-28), London's Greenwich Theatre (June 7-12), Manchester's Lowry Theatre (June 14-15) and Norwich Playhouse (June 17-18).

Wedekind's play explores a story of teenage sexual awakening set against a backdrop of religious and parental repression. This musical version — written by Steven Sater with songs by Duncan Sheik — retains the period setting of the original and introduces a collection of contemporary songs that serve to express the private anguish and ecstasy of the young characters. First staged at Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater in 2006, the musical subsequently transferred to Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for two years and grossed over $50 million. It was first seen in Britain in a production at the Lyric Hammersmith in February 2009 that subsequently transferred to the West End's Novello Theatre.

The tour is presented by Sell a Door Theatre Company, and directed by Pip Minnithorpe (who recently directed Departure Lounge at Waterloo East Theatre) and choreographed by Cressida Carre.

In a press statement, co-producer David Hutchinson commented, "This is a very exciting project indeed, following great success on Broadway and on the West End. I've been a huge fan of the production since I saw it in New York in 2008, it is a timeless coming of age tale that will impress audiences for many years to come. Sell a Door are currently putting together a dynamic creative team to lead the UK debut tour."

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