After an acclaimed run in San Diego, the UK premiere of Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play comes to The Bridge House Theatre this Christmas (Monday 27 November – Saturday 23 December 2017) in a production directed by Artistic Director Guy Retallack (It’s A Wonderful Life, Thrill Me).
London, 1947. In a busy radio studio, the cast and crew are assembled for a very special recording of this year’s biggest Christmas hit movie.
When the actor employed as Santa Claus, the star attraction of the world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is discovered drunk, it is up to by-stander Kris Kringle to step up and save the day. However, is there more to this Jolly Gentleman than first meets the eye? Can he really be the real thing? After winning over the belief of his employers precocious daughter Susan Walker, he is faced with his biggest battle ever – to convince the world that he is the real Santa Claus and not a deluded old gentleman. Supported by his lawyer and Susan his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Will Kris Kringle succeed? Not only is his credibility on the line, but so is the belief of every child.
Come and watch the miracle unfold in this iconic story, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Staged with astonishing live sound effects and a score of new and favourite holiday tunes, Miracle on 34th Street is a tale set in a time where love, respect and spirit of Christmas was paramount and is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts.
Guy Retallack, director and Artistic Director of The Bridge House Theatre (with Rachel Tucker) says: “I’m delighted that we have got the rights for the UK premiere of this classic Hollywood tale. It will be the largest cast we’ve had at the theatre and I can’t wait to bring the bustling streets of seasonal New York to Penge.”
Rob Harris, producer says: “Over the past few years we’ve developed a great reputation for our festive shows and we’re delighted to add this beautiful and wonderful musical to that list.”