Nativity musical to premiere at Birmingham Rep

Christmas 2017 starts here.

The World Premiere of NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL will open at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in October 2017 prior to a short UK tour.

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL will be written and directed by the creator and director of the films, Debbie Isitt. Debbie said today: “I’ve always believed that Nativity! would make a fantastic stage musical. It is so full of joy and the children are so sweet and funny and the songs so catchy that it lends itself to being the perfect Christmas musical. Now we’ve been able to assemble our theatrical dream team, I can’t wait to get started on creating an unforgettable stage show”.

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’ve decided to mount a musical version! Join teacher Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long songs from the smash-hit films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth and One Night One Moment. NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL promises to be the perfect feel-good comedy for all the family.

Written and directed by Debbie Isitt with songs by Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt, NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL is choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by David Woodhead, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision and orchestrations by George Dyer. It is a Birmingham Repertory Theatre production presented in association with Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One Films, Ramin Sabi and Belgrade Theatre Coventry.

The NATIVITY! film series is one of the most popular UK Christmas film franchises of recent years. Written and directed by the Bafta Award-winning writer and director Debbie Isitt and produced by Nick Jones through Mirrorball Films and distributed in the UK by eOne, NATIVITY!, NATIVITY 2 DANGER IN THE MANGER! and NATIVITY 3 DUDE WHERE’S MY DONKEY?! have all gone on to reach top box office positions on theatrical release and sold nearly 2 million DVDs, capturing the hearts and minds of families all over the UK.

Following its premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL will tour to Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Sheffield Lyceum, Manchester Palace, Plymouth Theatre Royal, a London season at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo and a Christmas season at Leeds Grand Theatre. During the run at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, the show will be streamed live to cinemas around the UK.

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday 20th October until Saturday 12th November 2017. Tickets are on sale to members from Friday 18th November 2016 with general booking opening on Monday 21st November 2016.

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