Monday, September 12, 2022

The SpongeBob Musical to Have UK Premiere Tour in 2023

The show will visit locations across the U.K.

Major Broadway hit The SpongeBob Musical is setting sail for the U.K.!

A new production of the show, featuring iconic characters such as SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Gary the Snail, will run next year at venues across the nation.

Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved SpongeBob SquarePants animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley.

The news was revealed earlier this month by the Birmingham Hippodrome, who featured the show as part of their 2023 season plans. It plays there from 11 to 15 April 2023. The show has also been revealed by Theatre Royal Plymouth, where it plays from 29 August to 2 September. We will reveal more tour dates as they come in.

A U.S. production was first seen in Chicago in 2016, going on to transfer to Broadway the subsequent year, which was followed up by a tour of North America.

The Broadway production had orchestrations, arrangements, and music supervision by Tom Kitt, choreography by Christopher Gattelli, scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe.

A smash-hit on Broadway, the show was nominated for twelve Tony Awards, tying with Mean Girls for the most nominations at the 72nd Tony Awards, winning the Best Scenic Design of a Musical award for Zinn's scenic design.

A pro-shot of the Broadway show was filmed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and released in 2019 on Nickelodeon.

Tickets to The SpongeBob Musical UK Premiere Tour 2023 are available today. Select performances will feature BSL Interpretation, Captions and Audio Descriptions.

Further details including full tour dates, cast and creative are to be announced.

The Original Cast Recording featuring the Broadway company is available now from Masterworks Broadway wherever music is sold and streamed.

Concord Theatricals holds the exclusive worldwide licensing rights to Nickelodeon’s award-winning Broadway hit The SpongeBob Musical.


Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and became the hottest star on Broadway? Why, it’s SpongeBob and now he’s getting ready to entertain and delight audiences all over the UK, in this brilliant, bright, hilarious and brand-new musical production.

Prepare to plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show as SpongeBob and his friends in Bikini Bottom face the total destruction of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world! With wave after wave of original songs by the world’s most iconic rock and pop artists, including Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I. and David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Paley.

An exciting new production featuring irresistible characters, magical choreography and dazzling costumes; this deep-sea pearl of a show is really set to make a splash with audiences young and old as the must-see musical of 2023. The future is bright, the future is bold, the future is THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL.

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton
Additional Music by Tom Kitt
Musical Production Conceived by Tina Landau


Birmingham Hippodrome
11 to 15 April 2023

Theatre Royal Plymouth
29 August to 2 September 2023

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Originally published: September 12, 2022.

Original source: WhatsOnStage; Additional sources:, Stage Chat.

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