Addams Family for Festival Theatre

Sep 5 2016 | By More

Festival Theatre gets UK Premiere of Addams Family

Bah da, da-dum. [Snap, snap]! The professional UK premiere of the Addams Family musical is to open its tour at the Festival Theatre in April 2017.

One the “funniest and craziest pieces of musical theatre you will ever come across”, the show has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (of Jersey Boys fame) with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, based on the characters created by Charles Addams.


Casting for the show has yet to be announced, although Matthew White, who directed the recent UK tour of The Producers, been named as director. It follows the tribulations of Wednesday Addams, that ultimate princess of darkness, who has grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows

Wednesday has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Now the whole Addams Family – Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley et al must host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

This is a co-production between United Theatrical, Aria Entertainment and Music & Lyrics Limited, the company run byJohn Stalker, the former chief executive of the Festival and King’s.

John Stalker told Æ: “I am delighted that we have been entrusted with creating the UK and Ireland premiere production of The Addams Family by authors Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. I am especially delighted to be opening the show in Edinburgh and at the wonderful Festival Theatre.


“I grew up with the TV series and many have discovered the story through the celebrated film. The stage show is one of the funniest and craziest pieces of musical theatre you will ever come across. It’s arrival in the UK is much anticipated and Scotland can be in the front row on opening night.”

Although this is the UK professional premiere of the show, Edinburgh has seen a few amateur productions including from MGA at the King’s (in 2014, click here for review) and Eusog at the Pleasance (in 2015, review here). The RCS also brought a production to the fringe a few years ago.

The original Broadway production, starring Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, opened in April 2010 and ran for just under two years at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The current tour is slated to run until September 2017, with more dates due to be added to those listed below.

Links and listings

The Addams Family
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT
Thurs 20 – Sat 29 April 2017
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm.
Matinees Sat 22; Sun 23; Wed 26; Thurs 27 & Sat 29: 2.30pm.
Tickes and details:

The Addams Family Tour website:
The Addams Family Tour on Twitter: @AddamsFamilyUK

To get the original series, the movie or the original cast recording of the musical on Amazon, click on the images below:

The Addams Family on tour:
20-29 April 2017 Edinburgh
Festival Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
9-13 May 2017 Northampton
Royal & Derngate
01604 624811 Book online
23-27 May 2017 Canterbury
Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787 Book online
30 May – 3 June 2017 Southend
Cliffs Pavilion
01702 351 135 Book online
6-10 June 2017 Birmingham
0844 338 5000 Book online
20-24 June 2017 Truro
Hall for Cornwall
01872 262466 Book online
27 June – 1 July 2017 Nottingham
Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555 Book online
4-8 July 2017 Bradford
The Alhambra Theatre
01274 432000 Book online
18 – 29 July 2017 Southampton
Mayflower Theatre
02380 711811 Book online
1-12 August 2017 Cardiff
Wales Millennium Centre
029 2063 6464 Book online
15-26 August 2017 Dublin
Bord Gais Energy Theatre
0844 847 2455 Book online
29 August – 9 September 2017 Salford
The Lowry
0843 208 6000 Book online


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