Lauren Samuels at the launch of the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards
Lauren Samuels at the launch of the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards
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Lauren Samuels has been cast alongside Louise Dearman in the premiere of a new musical inspired by Charles Kingsley's classic novel, The Water Babies.

Directed by Ed Curtis, with music by Chris Egan and book and lyrics by Ed Curtis and Guy Jones, the show features "landmark special effects" and will open at Leicester Curve on 6 May 2014 (previews from the 24 April), running until 17 May.

Samuels, who was a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber's BBC casting show Over the Rainbow, returns to the Curve where she made her professional stage debut playing Wendy in Peter Pan The Musical. Her West End credits include Grease and We Will Rock You.

Kingsley's 1863 novel centres on the adventures of young chimney sweep Tom, who becomes a 'water baby' when he drowns in a river.

Desperate to get back to the girl he loves, Tom must brave underwater challenges in a world beyond his wildest imagination. Together with the unlikeliest of friends he embarks on a quest to find a way back to land.