Madagascar The Musical comes to Northampton!

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Karim Zeroual in Madagascar. Photo by Phil Tragen

This summer the most amazing musical adventure of a lifetime comes to Royal & Derngate!

Popular TV presenter, theatre performer and Strictly finalist Karim Zeroual will lead the cast of the brand-new tour Madagascar The Musical as the hilarious King Julien when the show comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate. This smash-hit family favourite takes to the Derngate stage from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July.

Karim Zeroual is a television presenter and theatre performer best known for anchoring CBBC and reaching the final of Strictly Come Dancing in 2019. In television he has hosted BBC’s Young Dancer of the Year and BBC Four’s Dance Passion, and in 2020, he presented BBC Bitesize, educating the nation’s children during lockdown. No stranger to the stage, Karim’s West End performances include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion King and Here Come The Boys.   Karim said of playing King Julien: “I’m really excited, I love the film dearly, it’s one of my favourites. King Julien is such an iconic character I’m looking forward to getting down and ‘winding my body!’ to Move it Move it! Theatre is actually my one true love. I trained at theatre school and started my career in the West End. I’ve been doing a lot of TV recently so coming back to theatre feels like coming home. There’s nothing like a live audience in front of you. I really can’t wait”.   

Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical  follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

Stuart Glover Creative Producer of Madagascar for Selladoor said  “We are delighted that Karim and this sensational cast will be joining us for the tour of Madagascar. We know our audiences are going to go wild for this perfect treat for the whole family”

Join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and those hilarious plotting penguins for adventures galore and an upbeat score - you’ll have no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

Madagascar The Musical: Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July

Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP

Further Information & Tickets: Madagascar: The Musical - Royal & Derngate