“Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart”.
‘Amélie The Musical‘ will make it UK debut at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, in 2019, before embarking on a nationwide tour.
Based on the 2001 award-winning and five-time Oscar-nominated French film ‘Amélie‘, written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, this musical adaptation features music by Hem’s Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé, and a book by Craig Lucas.
Originally premiering in September 2015 at the Berkeley REP Theatre before a run on Broadway in 2017, the musical will be directed by Michael Fentiman.
French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson will step into the lead role as Amélie Poulain. Her previous stage credits include ‘Pinocchio’ and ‘Pericles’ (National Theatre), ‘Dead Dog in a Suitcase & Other Love Songs’ and ‘The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk’ (Kneehigh) and ‘The Grinning Man’ (Bristol Old Vic and Trafalgar Studios), whilst television credits include ‘Outlander’ (Amazon) and ‘Money’ (BBC 2). Further casting and creatives are to be announced.
Regarding the role, Brisson said, “Bonjour, je m’appelle Audrey Brisson et c’est avec un immense plaisir que je m’apprête à jouer le rôle d’Amelie Poulain. That is to say, I am really looking forward to sharing this journey filled with imagination and quirkiness that Amélie will concoct for us. Until then, à bientôt. (Have a raspberry on me!)”.
Joining Brisson will be frequent West End performer Danny Mac in the role of daydreamer Nino Quincampoix. Mac will play the role from 22nd May, whilst Chris Jared will take over the part when the show tours to the Watermill Theatre, from 11th April to 18th May.
Regarding the tour, director Fentiman said, “As a musical theatre maker, staging ‘Amélie’ as a musical is one of those exciting, terrifying challenges, that you absolutely cannot turn down… It is a gentle, magical and uncynically joyous piece that takes its audience on a surreal flight of fancy, into the mind of an extraordinary young woman, Amélie Poulain. It’s going to be a huge pleasure to open the show at the beautiful Watermill Theatre before then taking our extremely talented actor-musician cast around the UK.”.
‘Amélie‘ is produced by Hartshorn-Hook Productions, Selladoor Productions, The Watermill Theatre and Broadway Asia.
Amélie will run at the Watermill Theatre from 11th April to 18th May, before touring to Wimbledon, Exeter, Wycombe, Oxford, Edinburgh, Bradford, Leicester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Woking, with international venues to be announced after the UK tour concludes in August 2019.
“Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in…”
Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 11th April – 18th May – BUY TICKETS
New Wimbledon Theatre, 22nd – 25th May – BUY TICKETS
Exeter Northcott Theatre, 3rd – 8th June – BUY TICKETS
Wycomb Swan Theatre, 10th – 15th June – BUY TICKETS
New Theatre Oxford, 17th – 22nd June – BUY TICKETS
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 24th – 29th June – BUY TICKETS
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 1st – 6th July – BUY TICKETS
Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, 8th – 13th July – BUY TICKETS
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 22nd – 27th July – BUY TICKETS
Kings Theatre, Glasgow, 19th – 24th August – BUY TICKETS
Victoria Theatre, Woking, 26th – 31st August – BUY TICKETS