The UK premiere of The SpongeBob Musical is underway, kicking off in Southampton before setting sail on an extensive UK and Ireland tour, including a summer season at London’s Southbank Centre (26 July to 26 August).
Based on the hit cartoon, it is written by Kyle Jarrow and conceived by Tina Landau, with additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton and additional music by Tom Kitt. Featuring SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Eugene and Gary the Snail, the musical has original tunes by the likes of Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Sara Bareilles, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Plain White T’s and more.
The UK premiere production is directed by Tara Overfield Wilkinson and features choreography by Fabian Aloise, designs by Steve Howell, musical supervision by Mark Crossland, musical direction by Marcus Carter-Adams, costumes by Sarah Mercade, lighting and video design by Ben Bull, sound by Ben Harrison, costume and wig supervision by Megan Rarity, associate choreography by Paris Green, and casting direction by Harry Blumenau.
Appearing in the show are Gareth Gates and Tom Read Wilson as Squidward, Divina de Campo as Sheldon J Plankton, Lewis Cornay as SpongeBob, Irfan Damani as Patrick, Chrissie Bhima as Sandy, Richard J Hunt as Mr Krabs, Sarah Freer as Pearl, Eloise Davies as Mrs Puff, Hannah Lowther as Karen and Rebecca Lisewski as Mayor.
They are joined by Sam Beveridge, Jeremiah Olaleye, Eleanor Turiansky, Rhys Batten and Reece Kerridge.
Gates is not currently set to appear in Bradford, Manchester, Peterborough, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Aberdeen, London and Plymouth.
The tour is scheduled to run through to 9 September 2023, with tickets for select venues on sale below.