Musical version of RED RIDING HOOD to play festive season at the Pleasance Theatre
Little Red is clever, Little Red is bright, Little Red will find a way to beat you in a fight
Follow Red as she ventures through the woods on a quest to save her family bakery. But will she be distracted by the wolf in the magical forest, where nothing is as it seems? Filled with humour and packed with original music, Red Riding Hood brings a new twist to the classic tale of bravery, love, friendship and family in a show for the whole family.
Red Riding Hood has music, book and lyrics by writing duo Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary. Their stage musical adaptation of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole recently premiered at Leicester’s Curve Theatre, and their original new musical Prodigy, commissioned by National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT), premiered at St. James Theatre in August 2015. Other works include Treasure Island (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Jet Set Go! (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Theatre503) and The Great British Soap Opera (Jermyn Street Theatre).
The cast features Nazerene Williams (Dick Whittington, Lyric Hammersmith) as Little Red, Holly-Anna Lloyd (Love Beyond, Wembley Arena) as Mother, Patsy Blower (Jekyll and Hyde, Union Theatre) as Grandma, Matthew Jay-Ryan (The One Direction Story) as William The Woodcutter and Matthew Barrow (Mamma Mia!, The Wizard of Oz, West End) as Wolf/Father.
Red Riding Hood is produced by Paul Taylor-Mills, who returns to the Pleasance Theatre after last year’s production of Cat in the Hat. Other recent productions include In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre), Bare: The Rock Musical (Union Theatre), Casa Valentina (Southwark Playhouse) and Altar Boyz (Greenwich Theatre).
Paul Taylor-Mills said today: “After following the careers of Jake and Pippa since Jet Set Go!, I have seen them cement themselves as one of the most exciting voices in new musical theatre in the UK. They way in which they complement each other is truly original, exciting and I am delighted to be presenting their big show for small people following the success of last year’s run of Cat in the Hat at The Pleasance Theatre. Audiences young and old are promised a contemporary take on the famous story presented by a truly visionary team”.
Red Riding Hood has Book and Lyrics by Jake Brunger and Music and Lyrics by Pippa Cleary. It is directed by Kate Golledge with choreography by Ashley Nottingham, musical direction by Charlie Ingles, design by Simon Wells and sound design by Chris Bogg. It is presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.