Production will begin performances by the start of September for a stricly limited run. Directed by 4-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks, this stage adaptation of the unforgettable Robin Williams family classic will introduce comic actor Gabriel Vick in the title role. Featuring an A-list creative team, the piece tells the inspiring yet crazy story of an unemployed father willing to do anything to stay close to his children… even changing his entire persona!
It’s time to start polishing your shoes, searching for an outfit and putting your meringue mask on! Because the Englishest lady in babysitting history is making a comeback to her home country. This September, Manchester will once again be the first city in the UK to host and witness the opening of a new big major musical. Mrs. Doubtfire, the untimely family movie now adapted to the stage, is bringing all of the fun, mischief and crossdressing to the North ahead of its West End transfer. And today, we get to meet who’ll be stepping into the heels and madness of arguably one of the most expected shows of the season.
Directed by 4-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!), the UK version will introduce comic actor Gabriel Vick (Avenue Q) as Daniel Hillard (aka Euphegenia Doubtfire), with Laura Tebbutt (School of Rock) as Miranda Hillard, Carla Dixon Hernandez (Matilda the Musical) as Lydia Hillard, Cameron Blakely (The Addams Family) as Frank Hillard, Marcus Collins (The X Factor) as Andre, Dominic Andersen (Heathers) as Stuart, Vanessa Fisher (Legally Blonde) as Wanda Sellner, Ian Talbot OBE (Hairspray, and Director of The Mousetrap) as Mr. Jolly and Aiesha Naomi Pease (Sister Act) as Janet Lundy. On its side, the part of Christopher Hillard will alternate between young performers George Nearn Stuart, Charlie Tumbridge and Fred Wilcox, while Natalie Hillard will be played separately by Jessica Bowerman, Darcey Dean and Angelica Pearl Scott. The cast is completed by Aidan O’Neill, Joshua Dever, Samuel Wilson Freeman, Maria Garrett, Kiera Haynes, AJ Lewis, Adam Lyons, among many others.
Produced by Kevin McCollum and Jamie Wilson and presented by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical, the story revolves around recently unemployed actor Daniel, who after losing custody to his children due to a fierce divorce settlement, finds the impossible way to keep seeing them every day: impersonating the character of a female nanny! A entirely different persona, yet harbouring the same feelings of unconditional love. With a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and original Music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, (the Tony Award-nominated team behind Something Rotten!, along with O’Farrell), the creative credits include choreography by Lorin Latarro (Waitress), music supervision, arrangements & orchestrations by Ethan Popp (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), scenic design is by David Korins (Hamilton), costume Design by Catherine Zuber (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), among others.
Mrs. Doubtfire will run at the Manchester Opera House from Friday 2 September 2022 until Saturday 1 October. Tickets are available on the following link.