A musical version of Disney classic 101 Dalmatians is coming to Manchester next year

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Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 19th October 2023

A beloved classic Disney film has been turned into a spectacular musical production, and it’s heading out on a UK tour this summer.

And of course, the new 101 Dalmatians stage show will be making a stop off to visit us here in Manchester.

Originally a novel written by Dodie Smith all the way back in 1956, first turned into an animated film by Walt Disney Productions a few years later in 1961, and then most-notably remade as a live-action movie by Disney again starring Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, and Joely Richardson in 1996, 101 Dalmatians is tale known by millions worldwide.

It tells the story of an evil heiress named Cruella de Vil who decides to make a fur coat for herself out of the skins of Dalmatian puppies, but when teals a litter of 15 puppies, it’s up to their parents to rescue the innocent pups.

As well as the original animated film and the first live-action remake, the story of 101 Dalmatians has also been continued on with a number of sequel films and several spin-off TV shows, as well as through a recent new reimagining in 2021, titled Cruella, starring Emma Stone as the infamous title character.


But while the story may be a familiar tale to millions across the world, never has been told quite like this before.

With a book by Johnny McKnight, and music and lyrics composed and written by Douglas Hodge, this new musical that’s heading out on a tour of the UK tour in 2024 comes from a stage adaptation by Zinnie Harris, and is being reimagined from what was the critically-acclaimed Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production back in 2022.


The story is brought to life on stage with spectacular puppetry, show-stopping choreography, hilarious songs, and, of course, irresistible puppies.

It’s now been announced that Kym Marsh will star as Cruella De Vil, with the remaining cast and creative team to be announced in the coming months.

Kym wrote: “I’ve got a tail-wagging announcement for you so lock up your puppies.. Cruella has arrived!


“I’m so excited to reveal I will be starring as the greatest villain of them all, Cruella De Vil, in the smash-hit musical, 101 Dalmatians!”

101 Dalmatians The Musical is kicking off its 2024 UK with a launch in Wimbledon, before visiting several other major cities such as Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cardiff, Glasgow, and so many more.

It’ll take to the stage here in Manchester at the Palace Theatre from 30 July – 10 August 2024, with tickets on sale now.

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Featured Image – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre