Martin Freeman in the 2009 film Nativity!
Martin Freeman in the 2009 film Nativity!
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Birmingham Repertory Theatre will host the world premiere of Nativity! the Musical, a stage adaptation of the films which have become a festive favourite.

Written and directed by Debbie Isitt, who helmed the film series, the musical has music and lyrics by Nicky Ager and Isitt, choreography by Andrew Wright (Guys and Dolls) and design by David Woodhead.

The musical takes place at St Bernadette's School, where they've decided to mount a musical version of the Nativity. It features songs from the films including "Sparkle and Shine", "Nazareth" and "One Night One Moment".

The film series began in 2009 and has featured the likes of Martin Freeman, David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

Talking today, Isitt said: "I've always believed that Nativity! would make a fantastic stage musical. It is so full of joy and the children are so sweet and funny and the songs so catchy that it lends itself to being the perfect Christmas musical. Now we've been able to assemble our theatrical dream team, I can't wait to get started on creating an unforgettable stage show."

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Nativity! the Musical will open at Birmingham Rep on 20 October 2017 before touring to Southend, Sheffield, Manchester, Plymouth, Hammersmith and Leeds. Tickets for the Hammersmith dates go on sale 18 November, all others on sale week beginning 21 November.