Grinch set to steal Festival Xmas

Feb 8 2019 | By More

Grinch musical’s premiere UK tour for Festival Theatre.

The first ever UK tour of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will play both Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and Glasgow’s SEC in November 2019.

Tickets for the tour have gone on sale today Friday 8 February 2019, with the initial sale in Edinburgh confined to Friends of the Festival Theatre and a public sale from Friday 15 February.

Featuring the hit songs You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch and Welcome Christmas, Max the Dog narrates the show in Timothy Mason’s book based on Seuss’s 1957 original, with music by Mel Marvin.

The mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small”, decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos.

The show was first staged as a musical back in 1994 and transferred to Broadway in 2006. It will make its UK premiere at New Wimbledon Theatre on Friday 1 November 2019, play Glasgow, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham, before a four-week Christmas season at the Salford Lowry.

original illustrations

The sets designed by John Lee Beatty and costumes designed by Robert Morgan are inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations and help to transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, and to conjure the true meaning of Christmas.

The UK production will be based on the show originally created by three-time Tony Award winning director, Jack O’Brien and choreographer John DeLuca.

The announcement of the tour of the musical comes as a new movie of The Grinch – starring the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch and Angela Lansbury – is enchanting a whole new generation.

Simon Friend, producer of the UK production says: “I am so thrilled that The Grinch will be travelling the UK next year, stealing Christmas all around the country!

“The musical has been enchanting audiences across the US for over a decade, and we have been lucky enough to secure some of the best theatres in the country for its UK premiere. We can’t wait to see the UK going green over the coming year!”


Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Tuesday 26 November – Sunday 1 December 2019
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm. Mats Fri: 2.30pm; Sat: 11am & 2.30pm; Sun: 1pm & 4pm.
Tickets and details: Book here.

The original cast recording is available on Amazon:

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! on tour 2019:
Fri 1 – Sun 3 Nov 2019 Wimbledon
New Wimbledon Theatre
0844 871 7646 Book online
Wed 13 – Sun 17 Nov 2019 Glasgow
SEC Arena
0844 395 4000 Book online
Wed 20 – Sun 24 Nov 2019 Cardiff
Motorpoint Arena
029 2022 4488 Book online
Tue 26 Nov – Sun 1 Dec 2019 Edinburgh
Festival Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
Tue 3 – Sun 8 Dec 2019 Birmingham
The New Alexandra Theatre
0844 871 3011 Book online
Tue 10 Dec 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020 Salford
Lowry Theatre
08432 086000 Book online


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