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A Christmas Story, The Musical - Waterloo East Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FROM the songwriting team behind the smash-hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning films La La Land and The Greatest Showman, the European premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical runs at Waterloo East Theatre from November 28 to December 22, 2018.

With book by Joseph Robinette and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, A Christmas Story, The Musical is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on US television every Christmas.

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, it follows young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the Christmas gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Rebuffed at every turn, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.

With a versatile score ranging from gentle ballads to show-stopping numbers A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t. A Christmas musical for all the family…

Casting has been confirmed for the adult leads.

Playing the parts of Mr and Mrs Parker will be Simon Willmont (Mamma Mia!, Blood Brothers, The Hired Man) and Lucyelle Cliffe (Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, Wicked), with Jenny Gayner (The Girls, Chicago, Spamalot) as Miss Shields and Garry Freer (Me and My Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, Ballroom) as the narrator Jean Shepherd.

Tickets: £23, £20 concessions, £13 (Under 16), £55 (Family Ticket – minimum group of 4 must include 1 under 16). Previews: (Nov 28 and 29) all tickets £16 Adults, £11 Under 16. Allocated seating. Strictly no latecomers admitted. To book, call the box office on 0207 928 0060 or visit www.waterlooeast.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Sunday at 4pm.

Running Time: Approximately 110 minutes with an interval.