Global Creatures announce UK premiere of MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL

Global Creatures announces today that Leicester’s Curve theatre will stage the UK premiere of its highly acclaimed MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL, with performances running from 10 April to 10 May 2025.

Based on the international cult classic 1994 motion picture ‘MURIEL’S WEDDING’ (written and directed by
PJ Hogan, produced by Lynda House and Jocelyn Moorhouse), the Made at Curve and Global Creatures co-production of MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL is directed by Simon Phillips (PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, LOVE NEVER DIES) and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth  (PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT).

 

 

Book writer PJ Hogan has updated his own screenplay for the stage, and original music for MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL is written by award-winning multi-platinum selling artists Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, whose work spans the worlds of music theatre, opera, Coachella and Eurovision. The musical includes additional songs by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus & Stig Anderson originally written for ABBA.

Speaking about the announcement, Carmen Pavlovic for Global Creatures, producer of MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL, said:

We are immensely proud to be partnering with Curve to bring Muriel’s Wedding The Musical to the stage. UK audiences just ‘get’ the wonderfully flawed and quirky character of Muriel Heslop who captures our hearts with her indomitable spirit. We can’t wait to bring this beloved story to life and share it with audiences in such an inspiring venue.

Director Simon Phillips added:

I’m thrilled that the team at Leicester Curve have embraced Muriel Heslop with the same open heart as the rest of the world. Muriel’s misguided aspiration has never been funnier or on-the-moneyer, and now that it’s not just ABBA doing the singing, but the whole of Porpoise Spit, Sydney, and even the Olympic swimming team, her self-made journey to stardom has doubled the decibels.  Curve has an enviable track record delivering exciting new musicals, and it’s a privilege to be adding Muriel to their list.

Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:

We’re euphoric Muriel is leaving Porpoise Spit and coming to Leicester! We are looking forward to welcoming acclaimed Australian director Simon Phillips and his phenomenal team to Curve to create the UK premiere of this iconic film on-stage, in this all-singing and all-dancing celebration of finding the courage to be your authentic self. It’s equally thrilling writer PJ Hogan has adapted his screenplay for the stage and this production, alongside the ABBA hits from the film, includes original music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall.

 “Grab your Tim Tams and book your seats to RSVP for the wedding of the year at Curve in 2025!”

 Muriel’s Wedding The Musical received wide critical acclaim when the production launched in Australia.  The Sydney Morning Herald commented that: “Muriel’s Wedding feels like the complete package: a beloved film seamlessly updated; a central character who retains all the ambiguities that made you root for her in the first place; and, a conspicuously inventive score peppered with classic pop hits. Adapting his own screenplay to the stage and into the social media present, PJ Hogan’s book amplifies the Cinderella aspects of Muriel’s story without sacrificing the satirical and melancholic elements that gave the film its depth and heart.”

Winner of five Helpmann Awards, seven Sydney Theatre Awards, an Awgie Award, the 2018 David Williamson Prize and an ARIA Award Nomination, MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL celebrated its world premiere in a co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company in November 2017 and returned with an Australian tour in 2019. It was hailed a smash hit by critics and audiences alike.

Undateable. Unemployable. Unstoppable.

 Stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit, Muriel dreams of the perfect wedding – the white dress, the church, the attention.

 Unfortunately, there’s one thing missing: a groom. Following her dreams to Sydney, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted – a man, a fortune and a million social media followers.

 That’s when things start to go really wrong.

MURIEL’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL will run at Curve 10 April to 10 May 2025. Tickets will be on sale to Curve’s Made at Curve Circle, Patrons and Friends Thursday 6 June 2024, to Curve Supporters  Friday 7 June 2024, to Curve Members, Groups and Access Register customers Tuesday 11 June 2024  and on general sale Friday 14  June, all at 12noon.

 

 

To find out more, visit www.curveonline.co.uk

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