Groundhog Day musical to premiere at London's Old Vic

Groundhog Day musical to premiere at London's Old Vic

The team behind Matilda are to bring a musical version of Groundhog Day to the Old Vic in 2016

A Groundhog Day musical, put together by the team behind 2010's Matilda, is to premiere at the Old Vic next year.

Composer and lyricist Tim Minchin has reunited with choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell to produce a new musical based on the 1993 Bill Murray time manipulation film.

The musical is part of the new programme at the Old Vic, in the first season since Kevin Spacey stepped down as Artistic Director. New Director Matthew Warchus plans to create an 'artistic powerhouse', transforming the Old Vic into a more 'diverse and eclectic' space.

His inaugural season begins in September with a varied mixture of productions, including Dr Seuss' The Lorax, directed by Max Webster (James and the Giant Peach, To Kill a Mockingbird, Twelfth Night) and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, starring Timothy Spall.

Rob Brydon is to star in Future Conditional by Tamsin Oglesby (The Mouse and His Child, Really Old Like 45) while Ralph Fiennes takes on the title role in Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder. There are also plans for weekly variety nights, a modern take on the Old Vic's previous existence as the Royal Coburg Theatre, presenting 'music, magic, whims and oddities'.

Groundhog Day

  • 5 stars
  • 1993
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Harold Ramis
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

TV weatherman Phil Conners (Murray) finds himself in the back of beyond, trapped in an ever-repeating single day. Partying and babe-chasing leads to serious romancing as he goes after his producer (MacDowell). Murray's cuddly sarcasm stops the movie from becoming the kind of moralising mush that surrounds so many of his…

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