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Holes stage adaptation to embark on UK tour

The award-winning novel is hitting UK stages


The stage version of Louis Sachar's hit novel Holes will embark on a UK tour from January 2020.

Adapted for the stage by Sachar, the piece is set in a labour camp where a boy, Stanley, has to dig the same sized hole every day while a tyrannical warden looks on. The novel was adapted into a film in 2003.

Appearing in the show will be Harold Addo, Leona Allen, James Backway, Joëlle Brabban, Jeremy Cobb, Rhona Croker, Grace Davey, John Elkington, Ashley Gayle, Henry Mettle, Matthew Romain and Elizabeth Twells.

The show initially ran at Nottingham Playhouse in 2018, and is directed by the venue's artistic director Adam Penford. It received a four-star review from WhatsOnStage when it premiered, being described as 'magical'.

Following its initial run at Northampton Royal and Derngate from 24 January to 2 February 2020, the tour will visit Nottingham Playhouse, Coventry Belgrade Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Liverpool Playhouse, High Wycombe Swan, Norwich Theatre Royal, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Canterbury Marlowe Theatre. Further dates and casting are to be announced.

The Nottingham Playhouse production of Holes has design by Simon Kenny, lighting by Prema Mehta, sound by Adam P McCready, composition and musical direction by Tom Attwood, puppetry by Matthew Forbes, choreography by Emma Annetts and video by Duncan McLean.