This Easter, Honk! the musical returns to London in a brand-new, actor-musician egg-stravaganza, filled with puppetry, magic and illusions. And water guns!
This heartwarming reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling tells the story of Ugly, a plucky little bird who gets picked on by the other farmyard animals because he’s different. Pushed out of the flock, he embarks on an adventure across the marsh, meeting an array of characters who teach him that it takes all sorts to make a world, and that he is much more than just his fowl looks.
Surprising everyone – including its own composers – by pipping The Lion King and Mamma Mia to the post to win the 2000 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Honk! has gone on to receive over 8,000 productions around the world, and is now returning to London in its 20th anniversary year.
British writing duo Stiles and Drewe’s other works have exploded around the UK in recent years and include current West End smash-hit Half a Sixpence, Mary Poppins and the soon-to-open The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium.
Seen in London for only the third time since its celebrated National Theatre production in 2000, Honk! is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face – no matter how horrendously ugly that smile may be!
Production photos released from the 20th anniversary production of HONK!
Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on adventure of self discovery all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.
Honk!, produced by Dot By Dot Productions, directed by Andy Room, with Oli Rew as musical director, and choreography by Lily Howkins, will open at the Union Theatre on Wednesday March 29 and run to Saturday April 22.
CAST AND CREATIVE
Ugly – Liam Vincent-Kilbride
Ida – Ellie Nunn
Drake – Leon Scott
Cat – Sam Sugarman
Turkey/Jack Daw/Bullfrog/Father Swan – Robert Pearce
Maureen/Henrietta/Penny/Lowbutt/Pinkfoot – Emily Goad
Grace/Mother Swan/Queenie/Dot – Emma Jane Morton
Director Andy Room
Musical Director Oli Rew
Choreographer Lily Howkins
Designer Anna Reid
Puppet Designer Phoebe Hill
Producers Paul Virides and Lian Wilkinson for Dot By Dot Productions
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MUSIC BYGeorge Stiles
BOOK & LYRICS BYAnthony Drewe
DIRECTED BY Andy Room
Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited, London
DATES 29th March – 22nd April 2017