Full cast announced for world premiere of deliciously funny musical The Enormous Crocodile

27 Oct 2023

News

We’re thrilled to announce the full cast for the world premiere of our snaptastic musical extravaganza, The Enormous Crocodile, featuring a menagerie of puppets, toe-tapping tunes and mischievous audience interaction.

This co-production with Roald Dahl Story Company and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre premieres to brave young audiences in our Courtyard from 2 December to 6 January. Elliotte Williams-N’Dure (she/her) (Ursula, Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch) stars as the hungry Crocodile searching for a delicious child to snap up for dinner.

The company includes: Charis Alexandra (she/her) (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, West End) as Trunky the Elephant, Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings (he/him) (Dick Whittington, National Theatre) as Humpy Rumpy the Hippopotamus, Philippa Hogg (she/her) (Peter Pan, National Theatre Productions) as the Roly Poly Bird, and Robyn Sinclair (she/they) (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Watermill Ensemble) as Muggle Wump the Monkey.

Director Emily Lim said: “We’re so excited to have assembled such an amazing team and cast to bring this joyful, hilarious story to life. We can’t wait to get in a room together to start work on all the brilliant songs, scenes and dances – and, most importantly, to figure out exactly how the Enormous Crocodile is going to get sizzled up like a sausage.”

This wildly exciting musical based on Roald Dahl’s wickedly funny The Enormous Crocodile will bring instantly unforgettable music, world-class puppetry and enormous fun to audiences in Leeds this winter and at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in summer 2024.

This joyful, marvellously moreish story will be brought to life with unforgettable, genre-busting music by award-winning Sudanese-American recording artist Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab (Sinkane) and a rib-tickling book and lyrics by screen and stage-writer Suhayla El-Bushra (The Long Song, Chichester Festival Theatre; Arabian Nights, Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh) with additional music, lyrics, orchestrations, arrangements and music supervision by Tom Brady (Guys & Dolls, Bridge Theatre; Pinocchio, National Theatre).

Developed and Directed by award-winning Director Emily Lim (The Odyssey: The Underworld, National Theatre; Pericles, National Theatre), the production will feature a menagerie of mischievous puppets by Co-Director and Puppetry Designer Toby Olié (Spirited Away, Imperial Theatre Tokyo; Pinocchio, National Theatre), one of the UK’s leading puppetry directors and designers, with set and costume design by Tony and Olivier Award nominated Fly Davis (I Want My Hat Back, National Theatre; Ocean At The End of The Lane, National Theatre and West End).

Co-Director and Puppetry Designer Toby Olié said: “The cast of twenty puppets has taken myself and a team of ten puppet-makers over three months to create, so I can’t wait to get started with this group of incredible performers to bring such beloved characters to life on stage for the very first time.”   

The full world-class creative team comprises: Development and Direction by Emily Lim; Co-Direction and Puppetry Design by Toby Olié; Set and Costume by Fly Davis; Orchestrations, Arrangements and Musical Supervision by Tom Brady; Book and Lyrics by Suhayla El Bushra; Music by Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab; Choreography by Vicki Igbokwe-Ozoagu (Founder & Creative Director, Uchenna); Lighting Design by Olivier Award winner Jessica Hung Han Yun (My Neighbour Totoro, RSC); Sound Design by Tom Gibbons (Dear England, National Theatre); Musical Direction by Màth Roberts; Associate Director Tash Holway; Associate Puppet Design and Puppet Supervision by Daisy Beattie; Casting Director Bryony Jarvis-Taylor; and Music Technologist Phij Adams.

  • MAJOR FUNDERS

    Arts Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • LTB Foundation
  • PRINCIPAL CAPITAL AND FAMILIES PARTNER

    Caddick Group
  • PRINCIPAL CAPITAL AND ACCESS PARTNER

    Irwin Mitchell