The full cast and creative team of the all-new Hey Duggee The Live Theater Show was revealed as the show prepares for its world premiere next month.
In the first-ever stage adaptation of the hit CBeebies series, actor benedict hastings takes on the role of adorable TV character Duggee and the show’s narrator. Benedict’s credits include Zog – Freckle Productions, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and What The Ladybird Heard – Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies – RSC. The Squirrels are: Jane Crawshaw as Norrie (Doctor Dolittle UK tour, Sarah And Duck’s Big Top Birthday tour UK), Kaidyn Niall Hinds as Happy (Marty And The Party UK tour, Hey Duggee The Live Theater Show workshop), Clarke Joseph-Edwards as Roly (The Very Hungry Caterpillar UK tour, Charlie And Lola’s Best Bestest Play! International tour), Vinnie Monachello as Tag (Bedknobs And Broomsticks UK tour, In The Night Garden UK tour) and Sarah Palmer as Betty (Oi Frog & Friends! Live – Kenny Wax family entertainment).
Joining them at the Clubhouse will be Lunga Anele-Skosana (The Witches – Warner Bros) playing Mrs. Weaver, Hennie, Chew Chew and more. The stunt doubles are actor Charlie Daniells (Sarah and Duck tour – CBeebies, His Dark Materials – BBC and The Last Bus – Netflix) and making their professional debuts are Elliott Samuels and Shakira Alleyne.
Hey Duggee The Live Theater Show was announced in June and will take Duggee, The Squirrels and some of their friends to no less than 37 venues across the UK and Ireland, with the brand new play filled with non-stop fun , laughter, sing and dance.
The live show will premiere at MAST Mayflower Studios in Southampton from December 3, before a four-week broadcast at Southbank Center‘s Royal Festival Hall (London) from 14 December. The tour will then continue until the end of August 2023.
The hit CBeebies series will come to life through innovative puppetry and storytelling in this new live show, which has been adapted for the stage by Vikki Pierre (#zoologicalsociety – Royal And Derngate, Romeo And Duet – ITV) and Matthew Xia (The Wiz – Hope Mill Theatre, artistic director Actors Touring Company).
Additionally, Vikki is the music supervisor and arranger and Matthew is also the production manager.
The creative team is completed by: Puppet Designer/Puppet Director Pierre-Yvonne (Oi Frog & Friends! Live – Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, The Smeds And The Smoos, Room On The Broom, The Gruffalo’s Child – Tall Stories, War Horse – National Theatre), puppet co-designer Daisy Beattie, lighting designer Ciarán Cunningham (Silence – Donmar Warehouse, An Unfinished Man – Yard Theatre), set designer and costume designer Jacqueline Trousdale (Demon Dentist, Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy – Birmingham Stage Company), projection designer Georges Prefect (Stephen Sondheim Old Friends – Sondheim Theater, Dawn French Is A Huge Tw*t – UK tour, SIX – London and Broadway), sound designer Rob Bettle (Fantastic women who changed the world – Kenny Wax Family Entertainment), choreographer Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe (Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World – Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Dick Whittington – National Theatre) and Associate Director Helena Middleton (Mog The Forgetful Cat – Royal And Derngate/The Old Vic, The Wardrobe Ensemble).
Hey Duggee The Live Theater Show is presented by an award-winning theater producer Kenny Wax and theater and live entertainment promoters Cuffe and Taylor in association with Live Nation.
Since hitting TV screens in 2014, the BBC Studios and Studio AKA creation has won six BAFTAs and is an Emmy-winning international hit.
Hey Duggee was the most streamed children’s show on BBC iPlayer in 2021 and is popular with children and parents; with fans young and old, across the country, now able to join the much-loved character on tour.
For more information and tickets, visit www.heyduggeelive.com
HEY DUGGEE THE LIVE THEATER SHOW TOUR DATES
Sat 3 – Sat 10 Dec: Southampton, MAST Mayflower Studios
Wed 14 Dec – Sun. Jan. 8: London, Southbank CenterRoyal Hall of Festivals
Thu 12 – Sun 15 Jan: Bradford, St George’s Hall
Fri 20 – Sun 22 Jan: Darlington, Hippodrome
Fri 27 – Sun 29 Jan: Edinburgh, Festival Theater
Thu 2 – Sat 4 February: Liverpool, Empire Theater
Mar 7 – Wed 8 Feb: Brighton, Theater Royal
Fri 10 – Sat 11 Feb: Plymouth, Theater Royal
Mar 14 – Wed 15 Feb: Peterborough, New Theater
Sat 18 – Sun 19 Feb: Canterbury, The Marlowe
Mar 21 – Wed 22 Feb: Cheltenham, Everyman Theater
Sat 25 – Sun 26 Feb: Poole, Lighthouse Theater
Fri 10 – Sun 12 March: Stoke, Regent Theater
Thu 16 – Sat 18 March: Sheffield, Lyceum Theater
Fri 24 – Sun 26 March: Salford, The Lowry (Lyric)
Monday 3 to Tuesday 4 April: Ipswich, Regent Theater
Fri 7 – Sat 8 April: Cardiff, Wales Millennium Center
Mon 10 – Wed 12 Apr: Birmingham, Town Hall
Fri 14 – Sat 15 April: Leicester, Curve
Thu 20 – Sat 22 Apr: Bath, The Forum
From Monday 1 to Saturday 6 May: Nottingham, Theater Royal
Sat 13 – Sun 14 May: Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Thu 18 – Sun 21 May: Newcastle, Theater Royal
Thu 25 – Sat 27 May: Glasgow, King’s Theater
Wed 31 May – Sun 4 June: Kingston Upon Thames, Rose Theater
Thu 15 – Sun 18 June: Dublin, 3Olympia Theater
Thu 22 – Sun 25 June: Bromley, Churchill Theater
Thu 29 June – Sun 2 July: York, Theater Royal
Wed 5 – Thu 6 July: Aberdeen, His Majesty’s Theater
Sat. 8 – Sun. 9 July: Inverness, Eden Court
Thu 13 – Sun 16 Jul: Truro, Hall For Cornwall
Wed 19 – Sat 22 Jul: Leeds, Grand Theater
Wed 26 – Thu 27 Jul: Dunfermline, Alhambra Theater
Sat 29 – Sun 30 Jul: Blackpool, Opera
Thu 3 – Sun 6 August: Coventry, Belgrade Theater
Thu 17 – Sun 20 August: Chester, Storyhouse
Thu 24 – Sun 27 August: Swansea, Grand Theater