AniMalcolm The Musical, based on comedian and author David Baddiel’s children’s book AniMalcolm, will embark on a tour from February.

AniMalcolm The Musical

Following its premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018, the production will now embark on a major UK tour spanning 35 venues, opening at the McMillan Theatre in Somerset on 16th February 2019. 

About AniMalcolm the Musical

Malcolm doesn’t like animals, which is a problem because his family are wild about them. In fact, their house is full of pets of all shapes and sizes. The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, until he realises he is on the bus heading to a farm. But on the school trip, Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone. 

AniMalcolm combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s storytelling style to bring David Baddiel’s magical and comic story to the stage.  

David Baddiel is a comedian, author, screenwriter, director and television presenter known for his work with Newman and Baddiel, Fantasy Football, Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned and his platinum number one single Three Lions

David Baddiel said: “It has been such a thrill to see AniMalcolm brought to life on stage, and as a musical! Story Pocket have done a wonderful job with this adaptation, and it will be a real treat to see Malcolm adventuring around the UK with his menagerie of animals in tow.”   

AniMailcolm The Musical is suitable for all Key Stages, from ages five and up. 

Story Pocket Theatre focuses on bringing both classic and original children’s stories to the stage in an inventive and exciting way. Previous productions include Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur and A Pocketful of Grimms.

Selected tour dates

McMillan Theatre, Somerset: 16th February

Lighthouse, Poole: 19th February

Stamford Corn Exchange: 25th February

Lowther Pavilion: 2nd - 3rd March

Connaught Theatre, Worthing: 16th - 17th March

Square Chapel, Halifax: 26th March

Bridge House Theatre, Warwick: 31st March

Theatre Royal, Brighton: 4th - 5th April

Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds: 9th April

Watford Palace Theatre: 13th April

Nottingham Playhouse: 17th April

MAC Birmingham: 20th - 21st April

The Radlett Centre: 28th April

More venues can be found on the website. Teachers should contact their chosen theatres for details on school bookings.

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Main image, credit: Steve Porter.