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London News Muriel's Wedding Musical Sets U.K. Premiere

Simon Phillips will direct with choreography by Andrew Hallsworth.

Cast of 2019 Australian production of Muriel's Wedding the Musical Jeff Busby

Leicester’s Curve will stage the U.K. premiere of Muriel's Wedding the Musical next year. The Made at Curve and Global Creatures co-production will play the Leicester venue April 10-May 10, 2025.

Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will direct the musical with choreography by Andrew Hallsworth (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later time.

PJ Hogan, who wrote the screenplay for the 1994 film, has penned the book for the musical, which features a score by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall as well as additional songs by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson that were originally written for ABBA.

The musical follows Muriel, who is stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit but dreams of the perfect wedding. Unfortunately, there’s one thing missing: a groom. Following her dreams to Sydney, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted, but that's when things start to go really wrong.

Director Phillips said in a statement, "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."

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.

The original film featured Toni Colette, Rachel Griffiths, Jeanie Drynan, Sophie Lee, and Bill Hunter.


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