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School of Rock | Sunderland Empire

The first ever tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit West End and Broadway musical, School of Rock – The Musical, will play Sunderland Empire, Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 October 2021

School of Rock – The Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit, Olivier Award-winning West End show, will rock Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 October 2021 as part of its first ever UK and Ireland tour.

Based on the hilarious hit movie, this new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band – sensationally performed live by the production’s young actors every night with roof-raising energy! While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Jake Sharp is getting the band back together as it is confirmed that he will lead the cast as Dewey Finn having previously performed the role in the West End. Alex Tomkinswill perform in the role at certain performances. They are joined by Rebecca Lock as Rosalie Mullins, Matthew Rowland as Ned Schneebly and Nadia Violet Johnson as Patty Di Marco. The remaining adult cast comprise Ryan Bearpark, James Bisp, Joanna O’Hare, Samuel Haughton, Tom Hext, Harveen Mann, Richard Morse, AnnellOdartey, Amy Oxley, Helena Pipe, Michaela Powell, Richard Vorster and Craig Watson.

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One of three incredibly talented teams of twelve children will perform live alongside Dewey each night and they will stick it to the man when the bell rings for the new school term. 

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School of Rock – The Musical features new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act) and a book by Julian Fellowes.Originally directed by Laurence Connor (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, London Palladium 2019) with choreography by JoAnn M Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz,sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby.

School of Rock – The Musical debuted at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in New York in 2015, and ran for more than three years, picking up four Tony nominations along the way.  It transferred to London in late 2016 and ran for over three year at the New London Theatre, winning an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. 

For the production’s first UK and Ireland tour, Christopher Key takes the reigns as Associate Director, Maria Gracianoas Associate choreographer and Musical Supervision is by Matt Smith.  Adam Fisher and Stuart Porter complete the team as Associate Sound and Lighting Designers.

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The UK & Ireland Tour of School of Rock – The Musical is produced by David Ian for Crossroads Live by arrangement with the Really Useful Group.

Booking Information: Tickets available from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 7615* or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland*.

*Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your standard network charge. Booking fees may apply to telephone and online bookings.





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