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

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

And of course, the show’ll 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.

The cast and creative team for the show are set to be announced in the coming months.

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.

Tickets go on general sale tomorrow / Credit: ATG Tickets

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

Priority ticket sales are already available, and general sale is Friday 20 October at 10am.

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Featured Image – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre