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Doctor Dolittle (1998)

Compositeur: Leslie Bricusse

Parolier: Leslie Bricusse

Librettiste: Leslie Bricusse

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Matthew Mugg and his friend Tommy Stubbins visit Doctor John Dolittle and his houseful of animals, including a talking parrot named Polynesia. Dolittle says he can speak over 500 animal languages. Matthew meets the rare two-headed Pushmi-Pullyu from Tibet and falls in love with Emma, the niece of Dolittle’s crusty neighbour, General Bellowes. At Albert Blossom’s circus Dolittle talks to a sea-lion named Sophie who longs to return to her husband, so he takes her to some cliffs and throws her into the sea. However, two fishermen mistake the seal for a woman, and Dolittle is charged with murder. Matthew, Tommy, Polynesia, Chee-Chee, the chimp, Jip the dog, and Emma all join the Doctor and flee the country by ship. Following a shipwreck they land on Sea Star Island for a series of adventures, and finally meet Sophie and her husband who bring a message that all is forgiven and the Doctor will be welcomed back home. The others sail back home on the Great Pink Sea Snail, whilst the Doctor chooses to fly home on the back of the Giant Lunar Moth.

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Version 1

Doctor Dolittle (1998-06-Hammersmith Apollo Theatre-London) (Original)
Durée : 10 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 375 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 29 juin 1998
Première : mardi 14 juillet 1998
Dernière : samedi 05 juin 1999
Mise en scène : Steven Pimlott
Chorégraphie : Aletta Collins
Avec : Phillip Schofield (Dr Dolittle), Bryan Smith (Matthew Mugg), James Paul Bradley/Samuel Carter-Brown/Darien Smith (Tommy Stubbins), Sarah Jane Hassell (Emma Fairfax), Peter Cellier (General Bellowes), John Rawnsley (Albert Blossom), Holli Hoffman (Chee-Chee), Peter Gallagher (Straight Arrow), Voice of Julie Andrews (Polynesia), Gary Forbes, Michael Gyngell, Drew Varley
Commentaires :
With clever animatronic puppets from the Jim Henson studio, and a flying moth over the auditorium, this £4 million production was a satisfactory adaptation of the Rex Harrison/Anthony Newley film version, and provided ideal family entertainment for the best part of a year’s run.
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Version 2

Doctor Dolittle (2000-02-UK Tour) (UK Tour)
Durée : 1 an 8 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 16 février 2000
Première : mercredi 16 février 2000
Dernière : samedi 03 novembre 2001
Mise en scène : Steven Pimlott
Chorégraphie : Aletta Collins
Avec : Phillip Schofield (Dr. John Dolittle), Julie Andrews (Voice of Polynesia), Kathleen Schueppert (Emma Fairfax), Jimmy Johnstone (Matthew Mugg)
Commentaires :
• Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre [Edinburgh, Scotland] 16/2/2000 - 4/3/2000
• Bristol Hippodrome Theatre [Bristol, England] 7/3/2000 - 1/4/2000
• New Alexandra Theatre [Birmingham, England] 4/4/2000 - 22/4/2000
• Liverpool Empire Theatre [Liverpool, England] 25/4/2000 - 13/5/2000
• Manchester Opera House [Manchester, England] 6/6/2000 - 8/7/2000
• Southampton Mayflower Theatre [Southampton, England] 11/7/2000 - 19/8/2000
• Theatre Royal [Plymouth, UK] 22/8/2000 - 2/9/2000
• Milton Keynes Theatre [Milton Keynes, England] 26/9/2000 - 14/10/2000
• King's Theatre [Glasgow, Scotland] 17/10/2000 - 4/11/2000
• Sunderland Empire Theatre [Sunderland, England] 7/11/2000 - 25/11/2000
• Opera House [Blackpool, England] 29/11/2000 - 16/12/2000
• New Theatre [Oxford, England] 19/12/2000 - 20/1/2001
• Regent Theatre [Stoke-on-Trent, England] 6/2/2001 - 21/2/2001
• Alhambra Theatre [Bradford, UK] 27/2/2001 - 17/3/2001
• Her Majesty's Theatre [Aberdeen, England] 20/3/2001 - 7/4/2001
• New Alexandra Theatre [Birmingham, England] 11/4/2001 - 28/4/2001
• Empire Theatre [Liverpool, England] 22/5/2001 - 9/6/2001
• Grand Theatre [Wolverhampton, England] 12/6/2001 - 30/6/2001
• Norwich Theatre Royal [Norwich, England] 3/7/2001 - 21/7/2001
• Manchester Opera House [Manchester, England] 24/7/2001 - 11/8/2001
• Devonshire Park Theatre [Eastbourne, England] 14/8/2001 - 1/9/2001
• Bristol Hippodrome Theatre [Bristol, England] 5/9/2001 - 22/9/2001
• Southampton Mayflower Theatre [Southampton, England] 2/10/2001 - 13/10/2001
• Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre [Edinburgh, Scotland] 16/10/2001 - 3/11/2001
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Version 3

Doctor Dolittle (2007-09-UK Tour) (UK Tour)
Durée : 1 an
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 27 septembre 2007
Première : vendredi 27 juillet 2007
Dernière : samedi 26 juillet 2008
Mise en scène : Bob Tomson
Chorégraphie : Karen Bruce
Avec : Tommy Steele (Dr. John Dolittle), Abigail Jaye (Emma Fairfax), Connor Michael-Sheridan (Matthew Mugg), Joanna Forest (Tommy Stubbins), James Deverell (Dip the Dog), Debden Clarke (Polynesia), Halcro Johnson (General Bellowes), David Anthony (Alfred Blossom), Joanna Lee Martin (Gertie Blossom), Steven Sparling (Constable)
Commentaires :
• Churchill Theatre [Bromley, Kent, England] 27/9/2007 - 6/10/2007
• Grand Theatre [Wolverhampton, England] 8/10/2007 - 20/10/2007
• New Wimbledon Theatre [London, England] 22/10/2007 - 3/11/2007
• Manchester Palace Theatre [Manchester, England] 5/11/2007 - 17/11/2007
• Sunderland Empire Theatre [Sunderland, England] 19/11/2007 - 1/12/2007
• Liverpool Empire Theatre [Liverpool, England] 3/12/2007 - 5/1/2008
• King's Theatre [Glasgow, Scotland] 28/1/2008 - 9/2/2008
• Grand Theatre [Blackpool, England] 12/2/2008 - 23/2/2008
• New Theatre [Cardiff, Wales] 25/3/2008 - 5/4/2008
• Birmingham Hippodrome [Birmingham, England] 6/5/2008 - 17/5/2008
• Edinburgh Festival Theatre [Edinburgh, Scotland] 20/5/2008 - 31/5/2008
• Theatre Royal [Nottingham, England] 3/6/2008 - 21/6/2008
• Southampton Mayflower Theatre [Southampton, England] 24/6/2008 - 28/6/2008
• Alhambra Theatre [Bradford, UK] 1/7/2008 - 12/7/2008
• Lyceum Theatre [Sheffield, England] 15/7/2008 - 26/7/2008
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