World premiere of ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ will switch to pay-per-view


The world premiere of the new British musical ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ will switch from its planned season at Southwark Playhouse to pay-per-view on from Tuesday 26 January.

It is the first new musical in the UK that was due to premiere to live audiences pivoting to streaming.

Enchanting new British musical ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, exploring the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers, is moving its world premiere from Southwark Playhouse to the streaming platform

‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, by Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost, directed by Charlotte Westenra (‘The Wicker Husband’, Watermill, ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ Chiswick Playhouse), will now be available from Tuesday 26 January until Sunday 14 February, 2021.

Producer James Seabright said: “We are sorry not to be able to present this wonderful new show to audiences as planned at Southwark Playhouse, but we are going to film it in the venue next week with broadcast quality cameras and then premiere it online. I commissioned it five years ago, and have loved developing it since then through a series of workshops and a West End concert presentation of an earlier version in 2017, which led to the invitation from Southwark Playhouse to premiere the show at their venue this month. I decided to press ahead with these plans with rehearsals up to Christmas and fit up and get-in since New Year despite the challenges presented by doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic, as I think this magical story of renewal and the importance of family is especially timely. However, the latest national lockdown leaves us with a show ready to perform which we are unable to share with live audiences. I have been inspired by the determination and resolve of our cast, creative team to make this possible whilst maintaining the highest safety standards for everyone on and off stage.”

Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity. To rescue Midgard from certain destruction, father and daughter must heal their relationship and work together. This gripping family-friendly story sees brooms coming to life and love blossoming anew.

Acclaimed musical theatre writers Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost have created this gender-swapped twist on the timeless poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which also inspired the Dukas symphony that memorably featured in the Disney film ‘Fantasia’.


Nicola Blackman (‘Destry Rides Again’, Donmar

Warehouse – Olivier nomination, Best Supporting Actress)

Dawn Hope (‘Follies’, National Theatre, West End shows include ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ and ‘Porgy And Bess’)

Mary Moore a recent graduate making her professional stage debut

Marc Pickering (Cat in the Hat in ‘Seussical’, Southwark Playhouse; Enoch Thompson in HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’)

Yazdan Qafouri (‘The Band’, West End and UK tour,

‘The Wicker Husband’, Watermill Theatre)

David Thaxton (Olivier Award winner for ‘Passion’,

Donmar Warehouse; Pilate in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’,

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; The Phantom in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, West End)

Ensemble: Tom Bales, Ryan Pidgen, Vicki Lee Taylor, Kayleigh Thadani

Creative Team:

Writer Richard Hough

Composer & Orchestrator Ben Morales Frost

Director Charlotte Westenra

Musical Director Alan Williams

Choreographer Steven Harris

Puppetry Director Scarlet Wilderink

Set and Costume Designer Anna Kelsey

Lighting Designer Clancy Flynn

Sound Designer Ella Wahlstrom

Puppetry Designer Maia Kirkman-Richards

Magic Consultant Scott Penrose

Associate Producer King’s Head Theatre

James Seabright presents

‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

a new musical

by Richard Hough

and Ben Morales Frost

directed by Charlotte Westenra

Tuesday 26 January –

Sunday 14 February, 2021

Monday to Saturday at 7pm

Matinees Tuesday, Saturday

& Sunday at 2.30pm


£10 for the first showing on 26 Jan

then £15 (+ £3 transaction fee)

The performance is 2 hours

(plus interval)

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