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Dreamgirls to embark on first UK tour in 2020

The award-winning musical is hitting the open road in September next year

The West End cast of Dreamgirls
The West End cast of Dreamgirls
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Dreamgirls will embark on its first UK tour in 2020, it has been announced.

The hit musical, which had its West End premiere in December 2016, follows The Dreams, a group of young singers living in the 1960s and trying to find fame and fortune. It has book by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger, with additional material by Willie Reale.

The tour will commence at Bristol HIppodrome on 12 September 2020 before dates at Milton Keynes Theatre (6 to 17 October), Blackpool Winter Gardens (27 October to 7 November), Her Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen (10 to 21 November), Edinburgh Playhouse (24 November to 5 December) and Birmingham Alexandra Theatre (8 December to 2 January 2021).

The production has direction by Casey Nicholaw with set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Richard Brooker, hair design by Josh Marquette and music supervision by Nick Finlow. It was nominated for five WhatsOnStage Awards, winning one, and six Tony Awards, winning two.

When the show first opened in the West End, WhatsOnStage critic Sarah Crompton awarded it four stars, saying it was: "a joy-filled corrective, full of panache and passion."

Casting and further 2021 tour dates are to be announced, with tickets for the tour going on general sale from 28 November.