A new musical adaptation of the best-selling book Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book is coming to The Lowry this summer.

Co-produced by The Lowry, Little Angel Theatre, and Rose Theatre the adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s book will run at The Lowry from Tuesday July 23 to Sunday August 4.

Julia Donaldson said:I am delighted that Little Angel Theatre has adapted Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book for the stage. It is a book that celebrates the joy of reading in many forms – books, magazines and even encyclopaedias.

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book production photos talen on 24th Nove,ber at Little Angel Studio in London

“It is a book within a book within a book – in fact there are 11 books in total – complete with pirates, ghosts, dragons and aliens, to name a few. I am excited that the story has moved from page to stage, complete with puppets and songs, and that the production will travel across the UK this year.”

The show will re-unit adaptors Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane (who also directs) following their celebrated collaboration on the Olivier-nominated The Smartest Giant in Town, also written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Both picture books are published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

The cast includes Pierre Hanson-Johnson as Charlie, Georgie Samuels as Mum, and Freya Stephenson as Izzy.

Axel Scheffler said: “Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book is very different to the other stories by Julia that I have illustrated, as it is made up of many stories in one book. I enjoyed illustrating the different genres and creating the various characters, and it is great to see my illustrations now come to life on the stage.

“Little Angel Theatre’s clever production team has designed and created animal puppets that actually appear out of their individual books as their stories happen, which is such a brilliant idea. I am delighted to see Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book come to life on stage and I know that all our readers, young and old, will enjoy this production.”

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