Tracie Bennett stars in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice West End concert

20 Jan
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett and a cast of #StageFaves join impressionist-narrator Jan Ravens in the West End concert presentation of new British musical of THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE (well known to Disney fans as Fantasia)...

A new British musical inspired by Goethe poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice receives an exclusive West End concert presentation at the Ambassadors Theatre on 8 February 2017, with a stellar cast including Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett and impressionist Jan Ravens.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is best known to modern audiences through the Disney film Fantasia. Acclaimed musical theatre writing team Frost and Hough have gone back to the original poem by Goethe to put their own spin on the story for this new musical, which reimagines the apprentice as the rebellious daughter of a master magician. Their new version explores this relationship between a father and daughter, and whether magic can help them repair it.

Now audiences have an exclusive opportunity to see this concert presentation, with a cast of West End stars including the double Olivier Award winning and Tony Award nominated Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow, Mrs Henderson Presents) with narration from Jan Ravens, best known for her Dead Ringers impressions. The cast also features: Blair Gibson, Neil McDermott, Naomi Petersen, Nigel Richards and Jos Slovick.

Ahead of the West End, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice concert will play on 7 February 2017 as the opening event for the newly renovated Broadway Theatre in Letchworth. 

Ben Frost and Richard Hough have been writing together since 2010. For Christmas 2015, they wrote a comic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Castle Theatre), and are currently developing a new musical version of Around The World In Eighty Days, plus an original project entitled Neon. They have written full-length adult musical Possession (about a gothic murder in the backwaters of suburbia) and solo show Sin (about the wife of a politician at the end of her tether).

Director Ryan McBryde’s credits include The House of Mirrors and Hearts (Arcola), The Donkey Show (Proud London), 1984 (Stuttgart), which was nominated for the prestigious Theaterpreis Der Faust, Cinderella (Salisbury Playhouse), Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour), The Ruling Class (Frankfurt), Angus, Thongs And Even More Snogging (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Who’s Tommy (European Tour) and the German premieres of Spring Awakening and The Full Monty. His production of Hamlet! The Musical at Northampton and Richmond won the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award. He is associate director for Perfect Pitch Musicals and the English Theatre Frankfurt. 

Seabright Productions is an Olivier Award winning commercial theatre production company based in the West End. Current shows include The Boys In The Band (Vaudeville), Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Lyric), and world tours of Trainspotting and Potted Potter. James Seabright is chair of the board for the King’s Head Theatre, on the board of the League of Independent Producers, an associate of Wilton’s Music Hall and a member of the Society of London Theatre.