Live Nation promoters Cuffe and Taylor are joining forces with award-winning theatre producer Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and BBC Studios for their biggest ever live touring theatre production.
Hey Duggee – the hit children’s TV show – is to tour the UK for the first time ever in a vibrant and new interactive stage show.
Visiting 24 theatres with almost 100 dates the tour marks the biggest ever theatre production of its kind for Live Nation in the UK.
Adapted from the smash-hit TV series, Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show will tour the UK from December through to summer 2023 and includes a four-week residency at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall (London) this Christmas. Hey Duggee is an animated CBeebies show aimed at pre-school children and since bursting onto TV screens in 2014, the BBC and Studio AKA creation has won no fewer than six BAFTAs and is an international Emmy award-winning hit.
Hey Duggee The Live Theatre Show will see Duggee, The Squirrels and friends brought to life through innovative puppetry and storytelling in a fun and inclusive performance packed with laughs, songs, and dance for young fans to enjoy. Now Cuffe and Taylor are working with BBC Studios and Kenny Wax to create a stage show that will be seen across the nation.
Cuffe and Taylor are no strangers to live theatre, presenting around 1,000 nights annually with wide-ranging sell-out tours from James Martin Live, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby and A Question of Sport Live to Lea Salonga – Dream Again, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Tour and the hugely successful tribute shows Tina – What’s Love Got To Do With It? and Whitney – Queen of the Night.
Ben Hatton, Cuffe and Taylor’s Director of Theatre Touring, said: “We are incredibly excited to be working with both Kenny Wax and BBC Studios to present Hey Duggee live for the first time ever.
“The TV show has proved to be an absolute phenomenon and we hope to enjoy the same success in theatres across the UK. This is a great relationship for us all and one that we look forward to developing further.”
Kenny Wax has firmly established his production company as a leading producer and general manager in the West End, regionally and around the world. His successes include hit musical SIX and The Play That Goes Wrong, while Kenny Wax Family Entertainment is one of the most prolific providers of family entertainment in the UK with productions including Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, the Olivier Award-winning The Worst Witch, Oi Frog & Friends! and What the Ladybird Heard.
Kenny said: “We are so thrilled to be working with Live Nation, Cuffe & Taylor, Studio AKA and BBC Studios to create a brand new stage show with lots of surprises touring the country with a sit-down month in London over Christmas. I can't wait.”
Mat Way, Global Director of Live Entertainment, Gaming and Interactive at BBC Studios, said: “Studio AKA’s Hey Duggee is such a fun and iconic show and we can’t wait to bring the humour and adventures to life for families all around the country. We’re delighted to be working with Kenny Wax and Cuffe and Taylor to introduce young people to the wonders of the theatre.”