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The Addams Family - New Wimbledon Theatre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

KATY Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Music & Lyrics Limited have announced a new UK & Ireland Tour of The Addams Family.

A musical comedy based on the characters created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the creators of multi award-winning Jersey Boys, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

The 2020 Tour, which follows a highly successful premiere tour in 2017, will open at the Newcastle Theatre Royal on July 30, 2020 and will once again be directed by Matthew White. Casting has still to be announced.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows; she’s fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family! Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.

Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. All the usual clan are present – Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley et al.

Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman wrote or co-wrote the film screenplays for Sleeper, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery, For the Boys and Intersection, and was head writer for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Rick Elice’s play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine nominations and won five 2012 Tony Awards. He also wrote the book for The Cher Show, a musical based on the early life and career of Cher, which opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in December 2018.

Andrew Lippa wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Big Fish, the music for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention and the book, music and lyrics for the Drama Desk award-winning musical The Wild Party. He also wrote the song Evil Like Me, which was sung by Dove Cameron and Kristin Chenoweth in the 2015 Disney film Descendants.

British director Matthew White has directed the UK Tours of Mr Stink, Carousel and The Producers, the UK Tour and West End run of the multi award-winning Top Hat, and, for the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Boy Friend, She Loves Me, Candide, Sweet Charity (also West End) and Little Shop of Horrors (also West End).

Following the Newcasle dates (July 30 – August 8), The Addams Family will tour to Liverpool, Dublin, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Northampton, Wimbledon (September 29 – October 3), Nottingham, Woking, Bromley, Salford and Oxford, with further dates to be announced.