The adaptation of the 2001 award-winning film of the same name will begin performances at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury April 11. The production will continue through May 18 before embarking on an extensive U.K. tour May 20.
Michael Fentiman will direct. Casting will be announced at a later date.
Amélie has music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Messé, and a book by Craig Lucas.
Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart.
Fentiman said in a statement, “As a theatre maker, staging Amélie as a musical is one of those exciting, terrifying challenges, that you absolutely cannot turn down. It is a gentle, magical and uncynically joyous piece—that takes its audience on a surreal flight of fancy, into the mind of an extraordinary young woman, Amélie Poulain. It’s going to be a huge pleasure to open the show at the beautiful Watermill Theatre before then taking our extremely talented actor musician cast around the UK.”
When the U.K. tour concludes in August 2019, Amélie will tour internationally, with dates to be announced.
Amélie The Musical is produced by Hartshorn – Hook Productions, Selladoor Productions, The Watermill Theatre, and Broadway Asia.