Photos are in of the first day of rehearsals for the new UK production of The SpongeBob Musical.
This fun musical, based on much-loved SpongeBob SquarePants TV series, is playing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank Centre for 5 weeks, from 26 July to 26 August 2023.
The show is also touring the UK, starting at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 5 April 2023. Other tour dates include Birmingham, Bradford, Oxford, Dublin, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Blackpool, Peterborough, Wolverhampton, Norwich, Leicester, Aberdeen and Plymouth.
The SpongeBob Musical cast includes Gareth Gates as Squidward (at selected venues – not the Queen Elizabeth Hall), plus Divina de Campo as Sheldon J. Plankton, Lewis Cornay as SpongeBob, Irfan Damani as Patrick and Chrissie Bhima as Sandy.
They are joined by Richard J Hunt as Mr Krabs, Sarah Freer as Pearl, Eloise Davies as Mrs Puff,Hannah Lowther as Karen, Rebecca Lisewski as Mayor, plus Sam Beveridge Jeremiah Olaleye, Eleanor Turiansky, Rhys Batten and Reece Kerridge.
The show is based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg, with a book by Kyle Jarrow and original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I. It also features songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, additional music by Tom Kitt, and the musical production is conceived by Tina Landau.
The SpongeBob Musical is directed by Tara Overfield Wilkinson, with choreographer Fabian Aloise, designer Steve Howell, Musical Supervisor Mark Crossland, Musical Director Marcus Carter-Adams, Costume Designer Sarah Mercade, Lighting and Video Designer Ben Bull, Sound Designer Ben Harrison, Costume and Wig Supervisor Megan Rarity, Associate Choreographer Paris Green and Casting Director Harry Blumenau Casting. Selladoor Worldwide are the General Managers.
Book tickets to The SpongeBob Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London