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Take a walk on the wild side as Madagascar comes to Ilford theatre

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 10 April 2017

The Kenneth More Theatre's adaptation of Madagascar is running this week. Photo: Steven Day

The Kenneth More Theatre's adaptation of Madagascar is running this week. Photo: Steven Day

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A plucky group of animals determined to overcome all sorts of obstacles to make their way home.

Matthew Burcombe is playing Marty the zebra in the Kenneth More Theatre's adaptation of Madagascar. Photo: Steven DayMatthew Burcombe is playing Marty the zebra in the Kenneth More Theatre's adaptation of Madagascar. Photo: Steven Day

It’s a classic tale, but one that was perhaps made most popular by the Madagascar film series.

The massively popular film series sees Marty the zebra, Alex the lion, Gloria the hippopotamus and Melman the hypochondriac giraffe all try to make their way safely back to captivity when they’re accidentally released into the wild.

And now, for the first time ever, their story is set to be told on the Ilford stage.

A brand new interpretation of the play, incorporating all the best beloved moments from the films but also creating a few new ones, will be performing a four-night run at the Kenneth More Theatre in Oakfield Road, Ilford.

Michelle Bock is playing Gloria in the Kenneth More Theatre's adaptation of Madagascar. Photo: Steven DayMichelle Bock is playing Gloria in the Kenneth More Theatre's adaptation of Madagascar. Photo: Steven Day

The theatre’s general manager, Steven Day, is extremely excited to bring the much loved film franchise to the Ilford stage.

He said: “I could not be more delighted that the characters of Madagascar will be taking to the stage of the Kenneth More Theatre this April.

“The show brings together all the energy, wit and fun of the films to make an inventive entertaining live experience.”

So what exactly can audiences expect? Will the carefree and tongue-in-cheek spirit of the original films be preserved when the cast take to the stage?

Craig Tippett is playing Alex the lion in the Kenneth More Theatre's adaptation of Madagascar. Photo: Steven DayCraig Tippett is playing Alex the lion in the Kenneth More Theatre's adaptation of Madagascar. Photo: Steven Day

Steven thinks so.

“Along with the classic track ‘(I Like to) Move It, Move It’, we have a selection of new songs, along with sets and costumes, dance and movement that bring the whole experience to life in spectacular fashion,” he said.

“Family members of all ages will love this live staging of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar. A perfect treat for everyone - the show entertains delights and amuses in equal measure. Don’t miss it!”

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure runs April 12 - April 16, daily at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children and are available from the Kenneth More box office on 020 8553 4466 or online at www.kmtheatre.co.uk.

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