Meet the very worst Baddies in the world!

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Meet the very worst Baddies in the world! Don’t you dare to come too close to a witch, a troll and an ancient ghost! The Baddies love being bad. They roar, spook and cast wicked spells to try and scare a girl out of her wits…who will succeed? Or perhaps the girl is braver than they think..

A brand-new stage adaptation of The Baddies Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s smash-hit 2022 story, will have its world premiere at The Royal Lyceum Theatre next year, playing in Edinburgh from 4 – 20 October, with a press performance on Tuesday 8 October 2024. The Baddies will then play at the Warwick Arts Centre from 26 – 27 October, and then the Rose Theatre Kingston from 29 October – 3 November 2024 before touring the UK in 2025.

.With songs by Joe Stilgoe (Zog and Zog and The Flying Doctors), The Baddies is a wickedly hilarious adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s smash-hit story. A laugh-out-loud riot for all the family.

2025 tour dates for The Baddies include Horsham Capitol (Wed 5 – Fri 7 February), Yvonne Arnaud (Fri 14 – Sun 16 February), Liverpool Playhouse (Tue 18 – Sat 22 February), Durham Gala (Tue 25 – Thu 27 February), Hull City Hall (Tue 11 – Wed 12 March), Lowther Pavilion (Thu 13 – Fri 14 March), Theatre Royal Winchester (Fri 21 – Sun 23 March), Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre (Tue 1 – Thu 3 April), Coventry Albany (Tue 8 – Sun 13 April), Lowry Quays (Fri 2 – Sun 4 May), The Gaiety Theatre Ayr (Sat 10 May), Leeds Carriageworks (Fri 23 – Sun 25 May), Newbury Corn Exchange (Tue 27 – Thu 29 May), Worcester Swan (Tue 3 – Wed 4 June).

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s book has been adapted for the stage by David Greig, with direction from Katie Beard.

The story will be brought to life by Joe Stilgoe’s music and lyrics with musical director and orchestrator Paul Herbert, choreography by Katie Beard and associate choreographer Heather Scott Martin, set and costume design by Jasmine Swan and support from dramaturg Jackie Crichton.

Casting will be announced in due course.

Freckle Productions are pioneers in imaginative storytelling for children and the team behind smash -hit stage hits including Stick Man, Tabby McTat, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, Zog, and Zog and the Flying Doctors.

Jennifer Sutherland from Freckle Productions said, “Freckle are thrilled and excited to be working with David Greig and the Lyceum Theatre team to create The Baddies and premier the show in such a beautiful theatre in the heart of Edinburgh.”

David Greig, Artistic Director of The Royal Lyceum Theatre said, “The Lyceum is delighted to be working with Freckle Productions again, after the resounding success of Stick Man. We look forward to welcoming a whole new generation of theatre goers to The Lyceum with this Julia Donaldson classic.”

Julia Donaldson said, “I am delighted that The Baddies will be brought wickedly to life on stage next year in Edinburgh by Freckle Productions, who’ve done such fun and inventive things with Zog and Stick Man and my other characters over the years. I’m particularly happy that Joe Stilgoe, with his gift for catchy tunes and clever lyrics, has written the songs for the show, and I feel confident that the result will be a great night at the theatre for kids of all ages.”Tickets are on sale now www.TheBaddiesLive.com

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