Amelie the Musical to come to London as part of UK tour
A musical adaptation of the 2001 film Amélie is set to stop in London as part of a UK tour next year which will see the production get its UK stage premiere.
With music by Daniel Messé, the adaptation brings to life the film written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, which follows a waitress in Paris who dedicates her life to making others happy.
Directed by Michael Fentiman, the musical has a book by Craig Lucas (An American in Paris, The Light in the Piazza), and lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen. Amélie premiered in America in 2015, and went on to open on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in 2017 starring Phillipa Soo.
Amélie will open at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury before touring to the New Wimbledon Theatre in London from 22nd to 25th May 2019.
The film, originally titled Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, starred Audrey Tautou and was nominated for five Academy Awards.
Director Fentiman said: “As a theatre maker, staging Amélie as a musical is one of those exciting, terrifying challenges you absolutely cannot turn down. It is a gentle, magical and uncynically joyous piece - that takes its audience on a surreal flight of fancy, into the mind of an extraordinary young woman, Amélie Poulain.”
Amélie will run at the New Wimbledon Theatre from 22nd to 25th May 2019.