Festive favourite Miracle on 34th Street is being brought to the Liverpool Playhouse stage as a musical this Christmas.
Gemma Bodinetz will direct this stage version of the classic seasonal story which, through two popular films, has delighted audiences for more than 70 years.
Composer and playwright Meredith Willson’s musical – based on the original 1947 Hollywood movie - was first premiered on Broadway in 1963 under the title Here’s Love, and features songs like It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.
In a bustling New York, six-year-old Susan and her mother celebrate a Christmas of common sense. No whispers, no secrets, just cold hard facts wrapped in paper destined for the bin.
As the city’s cash tills ring out their money-making chimes and shoppers join a race that lasts from Thanksgiving until New Year, an old bearded gentleman called Kris Kringle turns their rational world – and the city’s cut-throat commercial spirit – upside down.
Gemma Bodinetz said: “Over my years as artistic director I've really loved directing musicals, and we've discovered our audiences really enjoy watching them.
“This year at the Playhouse we're celebrating Christmas with sparkle, song and Santa. I can’t wait to bring a little magic to Liverpool with a show that I think will delight the whole family.”
During the show's month-long run there will be British Sign Language, captioned and audio described performances, along with an autism friendly/relaxed performance.
Miracle on 34th Street runs from December 7 to January 4. Tickets go on general sale on April 29 HERE