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The doctor who can talk to the animals comes to Ilford - Doctor Dolittle at Kenneth More Theatre preview

PUBLISHED: 09:27 08 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:27 08 April 2013

(l-r) Polynesia the Parrot, Jip, the Old English Dog, Dr Doolittle, Lee Thompson, Rufus the Basset Hound, Emma Fairfax played by Siobhan Schofield, Chi Chi the Monkey and Matthew Mugg played by Phillip Rowlands.

(l-r) Polynesia the Parrot, Jip, the Old English Dog, Dr Doolittle, Lee Thompson, Rufus the Basset Hound, Emma Fairfax played by Siobhan Schofield, Chi Chi the Monkey and Matthew Mugg played by Phillip Rowlands.

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The stage version of the classic family movie musical, Dr Dolittle, is coming to Ilford for the first time.

The tale follows the adventures of a wacky but kind doctor who can, quite literally, talk to animals.

Audiences are taken on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-in-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world after Doctor Dolittle is wrongly accused of murder.

Once pronounced innocent, he continues with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest creature on earth.

With music and lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Leslie Bricusse, the score includes all of the hit songs from the film including If I Could Talk to the Animals, I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It and My Friend the Doctor.

Director Steven Day said “Doctor Dolittle really does have something for everyone. It is the definition of a family show – great songs, dances, laughs and, of course, the animals.

“It has been really brilliant fun to rehearse and leaves everyone with a huge smile on their face.

“We have been very lucky to secure the performing rights to this production and the audience will love it. All of the well-known songs are in the show, as well as some great animal creations.”

The show has had a hugely successful run in London as well as a touring production starring the inimitable Tommy Steele.

Mr Day added: “It has been a challenge. When you see a stage direction that says a pushmi-pullyu appears from a crate, or a giant moth flies on to the stage, then your heart does miss a beat. How have we done it? Well you will have to come and see to find out.”

Doctor Dolittle starts on Thursday and will run until April 13 at the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford.

Tickets are £15. To book call 020 8553 4466 or visit www.kmtheatre.co.uk.


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