Mark Williams, star of The Fast Show, Father Brown, 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers, Shakespeare in Love and seven of the Harry Potter films, will star as Doctor Dolittle in a new production of the family favourite when it comes to Hull next year.
Featuring stunning visual puppetry, this new production, with the book reworked by Leslie Bricusse, will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison and will feature the same songs, including the Academy Award-winning ‘Talk to the Animals’.
The show is about the eccentric Doctor Dolittle who embarks on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail that holds the secret of life and makes the world a happier place. He’s helped by his human companions and an exotic menagerie of animal friends, including the Pushmi-Pullyu and trusty sidekick Polynesia the parrot. The larger-than-life Doctor Dolittle teaches us not only to talk to the animals but to listen to them as well!
Williams, whose many theatre credits include Fanshen at the National Theatre, Doctor of Honour for Cheek by Jowl, Moscow Gold, Singer, A Dream of People and As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Art in the West End, Toast at the Royal Court and Tartuffe at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, will take on the role of Doctor Dolittle at the first ten venues on the UK and international tour, with further casting to be announced.
Doctor Dolittle will be on the Hull New Theatre stage from 26 February – 9 March, 2019. Tickets are on sale now, and you can book online at hulltheatres.co.uk, call 01482 300 306 or visit the City Hall box office.