The full cast has been announced for the upcoming London production and U.K. and Ireland tour of Disney's Winnie the Pooh the Musical. The family-friendly show, featuring larger-than-life puppet characters, will begin performances March 17 at London's Riverside Studios (Hammersmith) ahead of a March 26 opening. Following the nine-week engagement, the musical will set off on a summer tour.
Jake Bazel, who originated the role of Winnie the Pooh for the Off-Broadway production, will play the role again in London, with Young Frankenstein's Benjamin Durham taking on the title role for the tour. Laura Bacon (Britain’s Got Talent, Star Wars), Harry Boyd (The Play That Goes Wrong, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story), Alex Cardall (Evita, The Osmonds: A New Musical), Chloe Gentles (Mamma Mia!, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Lottie Grogan (Smurfs Save Spring: The Musical, The Lips for Puppets with Guys) and Robbie Noonan (Avenue Q UK Tour, Jack and the Beanstalk) will populate Hundred Acre Wood as Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo.
Inspired by the books by A. A. Milne and their Disney animated adaptations, Winnie the Pooh the Musical features a new story, accompanied by an original score from Nate Edmondson, as well as some of the songs written for the animated featurettes by The Sherman Brothers, including "Winnie the Pooh," "The Blustery Day," "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers," "Whoop-De-Dooper Bounce," and Milne's "The More It Snows."
The show, created and directed by Jonathan Rockefeller of Rockefeller Productions, premiered Off-Broadway in October 2021. The London run and tour are produced by Rockefeller Productions, in partnership with ROYO, and in association with Disney Theatrical Productions.
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