Poor old X Factor winner Matt Terry, doing the rounds again as Alex the Lion in Madagascar – the Musical. It’s going to be a fun role, but it’s not really the One Direction fame he was probably hoping for. The musical hits York Theatre Royal from 26th February – 2nd March, making it an ideal musical for all the family during half term week.
As you might imagine, it’s based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture, about a bunch of wild animals who escape the zoo.
Also on at York Theatre Royal Studio from 26th February – 2nd March is Grandad’s Island. It was a big hit last year so it’s sure to appeal to audience who either saw the show and loved it, or who missed their chance before. Join Syd and his Grandad as they head off on an adventure filled with songs, laughter and jungles.
The show is based on a book by Benji Davies, an illustrator, author and animation director. It won the children’s book category of the AOI World Illustration Awards 2015 and was crowned Best Picture Book and overall Children’s Book of the Year at the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards 2015 – so no doubt fans of the book and author will be delighted to see it translated to the stage.
Director Matt Aston, who also adapted the book for the stage, says, “I first read Grandad’s Island in a book shop in the summer of 2015 whilst looking for a new story for my two boys. I knew immediately I wanted to adapt it for the stage.”
Head to the York Theatre Royal website for further information and to book your tickets to either (or both!) shows.