The world premiere tour of Disney’s new stage musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks, will be ‘bobbing along’ to Leeds Grand Theatre next year for a five-week Christmas run from Wednesday 8th December to Sunday 9th January 2022.
This stage version of the beloved 1971 Academy Award-winning film starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson, features songs from the Sherman Brothers, including Portobello Road, The Age Of Not Believing, The Beautiful Briny, with and a new book plus music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill.
Based on the books The Magic Bedknob, or How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons and Bonfires and Broomsticks by English children’s author Mary Norton, it’s the family friendly story of three orphaned children reluctantly evacuated from London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price who unknown to them is a trainee witch.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks will be brought to life by award-winning theatre-makers Jamie Harrison, who worked on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Candice Edmunds.
This Christmas is the first time in The Grand’s 142-year history that the venue will be dark throughout the festive period. Ordinarily at this time of year the theatre would be busy playing host to Northern Ballet’s annual Christmas spectacular, and a major West End production welcoming 1000s of patrons through its door.
So, the theatre is asking patrons, where financially possible, to help support its long-term survival by donating to its ‘Keep a seat warm this Christmas’ campaign, purchasing tickets to future shows or buying memberships, gift vouchers and merchandise.
“I know it is a huge ask, especially at Christmas, but I also know how much The Grand means to the people of Leeds and wider region,” says CEO Chris Blythe.
“The support and generosity of our patrons this year has been overwhelming – both financially and emotionally. It is abundantly clear that arts and culture are needed now more than ever to help boost people’s mental health and build community through shared experience as we all try to find some escapism from our day-to-day and ongoing concerns for our futures.”
Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Wednesday 8th December 2021 to Sunday 9th January 2022.
Book online at www.leedsheritagetheatres.com or call Box Office on 0113 243 0808
To support Leeds Heritage Theatres this Christmas, go to www.leedsheritagetheatres.com