First look: Bedknobs and Broomsticks is coming to Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Musicals can be mesmerising but few come quite as magical as Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which is set to fly into the Festival Theatre early next year, quite literally.

By Liam Rudden
Tuesday, 21st September 2021, 4:55 am
Bedknobs and Broomsticks - you will believe a bed can fly
Bedknobs and Broomsticks - you will believe a bed can fly

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The first pictures of the spectacular production have been released by producer Michael Harrison, who also produced the annual King's panto.

For those who have never seen the film, here's what you need to know: When the three orphaned Rawlins children are reluctantly evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price, they have no idea what adventures lie ahead.

The orphaned Rawlins children

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    Upon discovering Eglantine to be a trainee witch, they join forces to search for a secret spell that will defeat the enemy once and for all.

    Armed with an enchanted bedknob, a bewitched broomstick and a magical flying bed, they encounter surprising new friendships on their journey from Portobello Road to the depths of the beautiful briny sea.

    Dianne Pilkington stars as Miss Eglantine Price, the role immortalised on film by Angela Lansbury, while Charles Brunton plays Emelius Browne. The Rawlins children are played by Dexter Barry, Izabella Bucknell, Haydn Court, Poppy Houghton, Evie Lightman and Aidan Oti.

    The cast is completed by Mark Anderson, Jessica Aubrey, Georgie Buckland, Kayla Carter, Jonathan Cobb, Jacqui Dubois, Matthew Elliot-Campbell, Sam Lupton, Rob Madge, Vinnie Monachello, Nathaniel Morrison, Conor O’Hara, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Robin Simoes Da Silva, EmmaThornett and Susannah Van Den Berg.

    Dianne Pilkington in Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    The musical features original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers including, Portobello Road, The Age Of Not Believing and The Beautiful Briny.

    Festival Theatre, ​Nicolson Street, 19​-​23 January​, 2022, tickets from ​£26.50 available at

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    The Bedknobs and Broomsticks company
    Diane Pilkington in Bedknobs & Broomsticks