It started in Adelaide, now South Australia’s Windmill and State Theatre Company’s award-winning family musical Rumpelstiltskin is set to bedazzle audiences in London.
Premier Steven Marshall is a big fan, saying ‘it is really pleasing to see bold and inventive work, developed right here in South Australia, go on to play in front of audiences across the world.’
Thousands of people are expected over the 30-performance season, which runs from 13 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 during Southbank Centre’s Christmas season.
Starring Australia’s ‘King of Cabaret’ Paul Capsis, the Julianne O’Brien and Rosemary Myers’ stage version of the Brothers Grimm fairy-tale Rumpelstiltskin has been described as ‘one of the most ground-breaking shows’ by The Guardian and ‘sensational’ by The Australian.
The production won Best Show – Musical/Opera at the 2017 Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards and was nominated for two 2017 South Australian Ruby Awards, including Best Work.
Rosemary Myers remarked, ‘This is such fantastic recognition for our artists and our respective companies. We had lots of fun making this work, with all its slapstick one-liners, pop culture references and rock-inspired musical tracks – seeing these features as part of the Christmas pantomime season in London is pretty special.’
The London run follows the successful tour of both companies’ previous family musical collaboration Pinocchio, which played on New York’s 42nd Street in 2015. Windmill has established a solid reputation as a major producer of new theatre for children, teenage and family audiences. In recent years, the company has become one of Australia’s leading exporters of arts and culture to the world, having delivered 225 live theatre performances across 46 cities in 2017.
State Theatre Company’s Executive Director and Producer Jodi Glass said, ‘There’s enormous pride for both companies about performing in the Southbank Centre in London. It’s such an iconic venue, and such an iconic time of year.’
Tickets are on sale now at southbankcentre.co.uk.
Sophie Potts, Publicist, State Theatre Company, 0439 827 930, firstname.lastname@example.org